STOP child labour: how to address child labour in supply chains

About this webinar

On the eve of World Day Against Child Labour (Saturday 12 June) and during the year 2021 that the UN has declared the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, register for this FREE webinar to learn from experts from UNICEF, the Rainforest Alliance, JDE, Ardea International and V.E. Attend to understand the global standards on child Labour, the draft Dutch Child Labour Due Diligence Law and the direction of travel for human rights due diligence legislation in the UK and across Europe that impacts U.K. companies in their global supply chains.


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The UN has declared 2021 the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. The ILO estimated in 2016 that 152 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 were in child labour, almost half them, 73 million, in hazardous child labour. Almost half (48 per cent) of the victims of child labour were aged 5-11 years. Child labour is concentrated primarily in agriculture (71 per cent) – this includes fishing, forestry, livestock herding and aquaculture – 17 per cent in services; and 12 per cent in the Industrial sector, including mining.

In response, the 17 SDGs 2030, which were adopted by all member states in 2015 – specifically objective Target 8.7 – calls for all nations to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour” (UNICEF USA, 2016). Other voluntary mechanisms, such as the UNGPs, drive the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Moreover, legislation has been introduced in several countries worldwide, and the direction of travel is for more to be enshrined globally. 

For example, legislation that incorporates child labour laws has been introduced in the form of the Modern Slavery Acts in the U.K. and Australia, France has its Duty de Vigilance, and several draft child labour and human right due diligence legislations are at various stages of introduction and consultation in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and EU-wide. Market drivers for corporate engagement include share price impact, limitations on tendering for contracts, risk of loss of business for non-compliance, fines, sanctions and reputational damage. 

This practical webinar will include expert commentary from the eminent speaker panel on legislation globally and the voluntary standards, such as the UNGPs and SDG’s, that prevail. Perspectives will be provided on where child labour is most prevalent geographically and sectorially in global supply chains, and how benchmarks rate the risk. Guidance will be conveyed on what due diligence frameworks and tools exist to support companies to measure, monitor and report the actions they are taking to eliminate child labour and human rights violations in their businesses and supply chains. 


Speakers’ Biographies 

Colleen Theron, CEO Ardea International

Colleen is a tri qualified lawyer with over 25 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organisations and NGOs across sectors on both a strategic and operational level. She provides advisory services, training and online resources to both directors and employees on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Colleen has an LLM (with distinction) in Environmental Law from the University of Aberdeen. She sits on the advisory board for LexisPSL Environment and was nominated as one of the Top 100 Corporate Modern Slavery influencers in the UK in 2018.


Chris Kip, Child Rights & Business at UNICEF

Chris works in UNICEF’s Child Rights & Business Team, supporting the implementation of UNICEF’s work on children’s rights in global supply chains. He is based in Geneva, leading engagement with international brands, investors and multi-stakeholder initiatives on child rights across business operations and supply chains. Before joining UNICEF, he worked as a consultant supporting companies to integrate human rights due diligence into their sustainability strategies and activities.


Kunera Moore, Global Theme Lead for Child Labour at the Rainforest Alliance 

Kunera leads the organisation’s child labour strategy and develops tools, trainings, and other support for farmers, civil society organizations, and business partners to better tackle child labour in agricultural supply chains. Moore brings more than 20 years of experience in human rights and sustainable development in international supply chains, managing programs with a focus on child labor, child trafficking, and child protection for international NGOs, including Save the Children.


Nadia Hoarau-Mwaura, Sustainability Director for JDE (Jacobs Douwe Egberts)

Nadia is the Sustainability Director at Jacobs Douwe Egberts, tasked with the strategy and execution of the responsible sourcing programme – JDE Common Grounds. In this role she works closely across the different functions from procurement, marketing, sales and R&D as well as managing strategic partnerships and relations in the public and private sector.


Jordi Lesaffer, Country Director, Belgium, V.E, An affiliate of Moody’s

Jordi joined V.E. in 2005 and started as an ESG analyst with a focus on Basic resources companies. After a few years he became Research Manager of the Basic Resources team and lead during several years the Human Rights domain thematic group within V.E. In 2015 he became Product Manager of V.E.’s Controversy Risk Assessment product. Jordi is also Country Director of V.E. Belgium. Before joining V.E. he worked in the Belgian Federal Government administration as policy adviser for social economy.


Speakers’ Insights 

Colleen Theron will moderate and provide an introduction to human rights due diligence and specifically child labour draft laws globally and the direction of travel. 

Chris Kip will provide an insight on child labour from a rights-based perspective to guide businesses to prevent child labour in their supply chains by addressing the underlying root causes. 

Kunera Moore will provide a perspective on the impact businesses policies and practices can have on decreasing child labour risks and prevalence in supply chains.

Nadia Hoarau-Mwaura will provide an insight on JDE’s due diligence processes to manage its child labour risks in its coffee supply chain.

Jordi Lesaffer will provide a data-driven perspective on human rights controversies, with a focus on child labour, from geographic and sectorial perspectives.


The webinar will last 60 minutes and includes a question and answer session. At the point of registration you will have the opportunity to submit questions you would like to our speakers to respond to on the live webinar.

Unable to join us on the day? We will record this webinar. If you are unable to attend live, please register and we will send you a link to the recording after the webinar and a link to download the speakers’ presentations and other outputs.

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This webinar is paired with Ardea International’s online workshop ‘STOP child labour: how to address child labour in supply chains’ which launches on 1 July 2021. Pre-register your interest by email.


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