June 12 – Day to Eradicate Child Labour Partnership Statement

11 June 2011

Fairtrade International and Plan International with Plan Canada work together to strengthen protection against harm for children identified in hazardous labour.

To mark World Day Against Child Labour and this year’s focus on hazardous work, children’s organization Plan and ethical certification system Fairtrade International are pleased to announce their partnership on a unique pilot project.

The international community defines hazardous labour as work likely to harm a child’s health, safety or morals. The two organizations are developing a joint community led monitoring system with instruction manual to enable producer communities tackle the issue of hazardous child labour.  

The training manual will support producers and their communities to self monitor and assess that their labour practices conform to Fairtrade standards on child labour. Communities will be able to maintain appropriate working hours, safe conditions and healthy work environments.

Through awareness raising, observation, data collection and assessment, discussion and action, the manual aims at increasing local interests in improving children’s well being in both non- Fairtrade and Fairtrade communities.  As a child-centered community development organization, Plan aims to protect the safety and dignity of all children.

Development of the manual is underway and final publication is planned for later this year.

Read the entire statement here (PDF).

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