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ECLT Foundation Launches Its First UN Global Compact Communication on Engagement
April 15, 2017
A member of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) since June 2015, the ECLT Foundation presents its outcomes for 2015-16. The Communication on Engagement (CoE) describes the ECLT Foundation’s strategic approach and activities that support the Global Compact and engage with the initiative at international, national, and local levels.
The private sector – including tobacco growers, leaf suppliers, and manufacturers – is a key partner for driving sustainable development. As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the ECLT Foundation plays a unique role in bringing the tobacco sector together to work toward the progressive elimination of child labour in tobacco-growing communities.
Since its creation in 2000, the ECLT Foundation has aligned with international standards and principles to eliminate child labour and promote business and human rights. We are committed to contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our work primarily supports the fulfillment of SDG 8.7, yet our systemic approach has an impact on many other goals.
Each day in 2015-16, the ECLT Foundation’s work contributed to the removal of seven children from child labour.
Assessing Our Impact: External Final Evaluations of Our Projects in Malawi and Tanzania
March 17, 2017
In 2015, two of ECLT’s largest ever projects ended. The Child Labour Elimination Actions for Real Change (CLEAR) and the Promoting Sustainable Practices to Eradicate Child Labour in Tobacco (PROSPER) were implemented between 2011 and 2015 in Malawi and Tanzania, respectively. The two projects’ interventions focused on prevention of child labour, withdrawal of working children, improving access to education, raising awareness, strengthening communities and alleviating poverty.
In line with ECLT’s project cycle, the two projects were subjected to rigorous independent end of project evaluation in 2016, following independent baseline studies commissioned in 2011. In Malawi, IMPAQ International carried out the independent evaluation, while the Bureau for Industrial Cooperation of the University of Dar es Salaam reviewed the impact of the PROSPER Project in Tanzania. The results of the independent evaluations were shared with local stakeholders and are summarized in the Malawi and Tanzania Reports.
“The public sharing of our independent evaluation results is a testimony to our commitment to accountability, transparency, continuous learning, and improvement” said ECLT in a statement accompanying the results.
Notable impacts include a 52.5% reduction in overall child labour in targeted tobacco growing areas in Tanzania, while in Malawi the reduction was between 16.6 and 53.6 percentage points in three targeted districts. The independent evaluations also took stock of actual performance against project targets. The results show that the number of children prevented and removed from child labour was 13’871 in Malawi (target: 10’000) and 7’931 in Tanzania (target 7’800). In Tanzania, 22’000 people were reached with awareness messages against a target of 16’000, while in Malawi 88’000 people were reached against a target of 30’000.
The lessons learned from the projects were used to design follow up projects in the two countries (2016-2018).
New Resources on Child Labour & Youth Employment
October 11, 2016
In the ever-changing global landscape, several new resources are available on child labour and youth employment. Click below for a description of each:
- US Department of Labor’s 2016 “List of good produced by child or forced labor”
- ILO’s “World Employment and Social Outlook 2016: Trends for Youth”
- ECLT Members Self-Assessment Questionnaire Tool
US Department of Labor’s 2016 “List of good produced by child or forced labor”
The 2016 list includes 139 goods from 75 countries that are produced by child labor or forced labor, according to the US Department of Labor. This year, about half of the list, 67 goods, are agricultural, including cotton, coffee, cocoa and tobacco.
In addition to an overview of the global situation by country and by good, report also features examples of good practices in eliminating child and forced labour. Not meant to be a punatitive list, sections also include information about positive partnership with private sector, tools for consumers and a social compliance toolkit for companies.
The list is published annually by the USDOL’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.
ILO report on “World Employment and Social Outlook 2016: Trends for Youth
The ILO’s “World Employment and Social Outlook 2016: Trends for Youth” provides updated figures on global and regional youth unemployment. Youth are a particularly vulnerable group during this time of renewed concerns about global growth. In 2016, there are an estimated 156 million young people in emerging and developing countries who live in extreme or moderate poverty, despite being employed. In developed countries, youth are still more at risk of living in relative poverty, even when they have a job. Youth have higher incidence of working poverty than adults: 37.7 per cent of working youth are living in extreme or moderate poverty in 2016, compared to 26 per cent of working adults.
The report examines a variety of topics important for youth at this time, including working poverty rates, decent work opportunities in both developed and developing economies as well as gender inequalities and migration trends among young people.
In addition to the report, the ILO has created a section on its website with key findings, videos and interactive maps.
ECLT Self- Assessment Questionnaire for Member Companies
This questionnaire is a tool designed for ECLT member companies to examine their agricultural supply chains in order to take a look at the current situation as they work towards realisation of the ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment. The pledge, signed in December 2014, is a sector-wide agreement to uphoad robust policy in child labour, minimum requirements on tackling child labour, and implementation consistent with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights. In 2015, all ECLT members Self-Assessment Questionnaire or SAQ.
The online version of the ECLT Members’ Pledge of Commitment Self-Assessment Questionnaire, or SAQ, is now available as an example for others working with agricultural supply chains. The SAQ includes questions broken down in three sections, Policy Commitment, Child Labour Due Diligence, and Remediation. For each question, visitors can explore the ECLT Members’ Pledge of Commitment and the relevant article(s) from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
ECLT Foundation Launches its 2015 Annual Report
July 7, 2016
2015 was a year of major gains for the ECLT Foundation. Through our work over the past year, the foundation has seen concrete results in our fight against child labour in tobacco growing. Some highlights featured in the 2015 Annual Report include:
- A 34% average reduction of child labour in tobacco growing shown by external evaluation of two of the ECLT Foundation’s largest projects, which concluded in Malawi and Tanzania in 2015.
- Over 8,700 children receiving additional educational support such as after-school programmes and school supplies; more than 24,000 parents saving money and receiving microcredit through Village Savings and Loans Associations or microloan groups.
- The beginning of a 30-month evidence-focused project, in partnership with the ILO, to address global questions on hazards that could impact the health and safety of children of legal working age in tobacco growing.
- The first year of realisation of the Pledge of Commitment by ECLT Foundation Members, who are aligning policies and practices under the “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” Framework of business and human rights.
Last year, the ECLT Foundation worked through 8 projects in 7 countries and collaborated with partners at national and international levels.
“Joint efforts, with member companies, international organisations, national and local governments and our implementing partners, have marked 2015 as a year of great strides and bold commitments,” said Antonio Abrunhosa, President, ECLT Foundation.
2015 marked the end of the foundation’s three-year plan, which brought about an organisational transformation that expanded our programmes to include advocacy and policy work and ensure sustainability of child labour reduction strategies.
“I have witnessed growth in the depth and breadth of the ECLT Foundation’s work, and our gains have been steady and strategic,” said Sonia Velázquez, Executive Director, ECLT Foundation.
Read more about the ECLT Foundation’s work in 2015 in the full Annual Report.
Human Rights Watch Report on Child Labour in Tobacco Growing in Indonesia
July 5, 2016
The ECLT Foundation welcomes the recent report by Human Rights Watch, The Harvest is in my Blood, highlighting concerns of child labour in tobacco growing in Indonesia.
The ECLT Foundation, along with several of its member companies, provided information about efforts being taken to better understand the problem as it exists in Indonesia and to eliminate child labour in the tobacco growing supply chain there. The foundation is currently undertaking efforts to begin a project in Indonesia.