This report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) builds upon a previous report from the ILO published in 2011 called ‘Children in hazardous work: What we know, what we need to do (ILO-IPEC, 2011)’. This new report is said to be based on new evidence ‘aiding better understanding of why this worst form of child labour persists and uncovering new interventions that might have more chance of eliminating it’. It was estimated by the ILO in 2017 that there were 152 million children in child labour and that almost 73 million of these were engaged in hazardous work.
Read the report here: https://www.ilo.org/ipec/Informationresources/WCMS_IPEC_PUB_30315/lang–en/index.htm?mc_cid=01c926b680&mc_eid=4743844cbe
As demonstrated by Darragh O’Keefe there is a lack of awareness of the existence of modern-slavery not just in the community but also by sourcing businesses and procurement professionals. Further, as important as increased awareness is increased preparedness to address the issue. The Commonwealth’s Modern Slavery Bill and the NSW Modern Slavery Act that was passed in June have both helped raise the issue’s profile, but in a survey conducted by Deloitte with sustainability managers, one third were unaware of the Modern Slavery Act and many thought there was only ‘a possibility’ of modern slavery in their supply chains. Further, a survey conducted in May by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) showed ‘one in five [organisations] did not know who in their organisation was ultimately responsible’ for the issue of modern slavery in their supply chains.
This said, despite a lack of awareness and preparedness, informed organisations are ‘tending to embrace the legislation’, says Mark Lamb, general manager of CIPS Australasia. Dr Black from Deloitte states that one of the key challenges for organisations will be ‘getting visibility on supply chains’. The article goes on to discuss the importance of technology to address this issue as well as the predicted transformation of current procurement manager’s processes.
Read the article here
Richard Scobey, President of the World Cocoa Foundation, represented WCF at a Meeting of Multi-Stakeholder Platform on Cocoa Market Developments convened by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) on July 19-20, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The Meeting was attended by representatives from government and private sector as well as civil society organizations in exporting and importing member countries of the ICCO. He delivered the following statement at the Meeting. Can be fully read at:
WCF President Speaks at ICCO Meeting on Cocoa Market Developments
For 10 years STOP THE TRAFFICK Australian Coalition has been campaigning with the chocolate industry to help stop slavery in the production of cocoa in West Africa – particularly Cote d’Ivoire. In 2017 we worked with the 3 largest Certifying Companies (Fair-trade, Rain Forest Alliance and UTZ – the last 2 have just amalgamated) and the 6 largest chocolate companies (Mondelez, Nestle, Mars, Hershey, Ferrero, Lindt) to see what they are doing to help prevent and eradicate slavery in their chain of supply.
There are 3 versions of the report
1. An infographic
2. An Executive Summary
3. The Full Report
It is a rare insight into what is being done, and an assessment on what needs to be done.
all 3 can be viewed and downloaded at: