Tackling child labor: An introduction for business leaders

Published: 10 Dec 2021
Type: Publication

Tackling Child Labor: An Introduction for Business Leaders is a resource that was jointly developed by The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). It builds on the latest data and insights emerging from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF, and articulates tangible steps business leaders can take to ensure that their companies are leveraging their full potential to support the elimination of child labor in business operations and supply chains.

The document aims to raise awareness and improve understanding among business leaders around the issue of child labor, its impact globally, and the urgent need for business action. It also clearly outlines the role of business in helping to tackle the root causes of child labor through holistic and sustainable business approaches.

This new resource puts forward 3 key areas in which business leaders can take meaningful action:

  • Integrating robust children’s rights considerations into core business strategy, activities, processes, decisions and relationships
  • Investing in the company’s capacity to address and prevent child labor and in local community resilience; and,
  • Inspiring others to take meaningful action, both internally within the business and externally with partners, suppliers, industry peers, governments and local authorities.


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