Child labour is prohibited by law in most countries of the world. Yet, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) still eleven percent of children worldwide are working. Child labour includes all work that is done by children and that is detrimental to their health and/or education. The ILO's fundamental Minimum Age convention (No.138) sets the general minimum age for admission to employment or work at 15 years and the minimum age for hazardous work at 18 years.
Since child labor is often concealed, measures such as audits on corporate social responsibility are generally not suitable for identifying and combating child labor.
In contrast to child labour, forced labour does not refer to specific age groups. According to the ILO, forced labour refers to any type of work or service that a person carries out under threat of punishment and for which he or she does not decide voluntarily.
In order to prevent child and forced labour, it is necessary for stakeholders such as governments, business and civil society to work together. The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles therefore demands that companies establish a process to deal with cases of child and/or forced labour. This includes access to a remedy mechanism.
terre des hommes has been a member of the Textile Alliance since December 2015. The international non-governmental organisation established a project in 2016 to counter child and forced labour in southern India. Here you get more information about the project.
Further information on child labour can be found here: