Ardea’s pledge to the International Year for the Elimination of Child labour
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 agriculture – 17 per cent in services; and 12 per cent in the Industrial sector, including mining.
As a specialist sustainability, business and human rights consultancy with expertise in modern slavery, the eradication of child labour and aligning to SDG Target 8.7 are central to our purpose as an organisation. We offer organisations support , resources and training on how to identify where child labour is most prevalent in global supply chains. In line with legislative requirements we develop due diligence frameworks to measure, monitor and report the actions they are taking to eliminate child labour and human rights violations in their businesses and supply chains.
We are developing a ‘STOP child labour’ online training and support programme for business and organisations and will be hosting a free webinar to promote the end of child labour to educate a broader audience on the issues. The training programme is designed to include information for managers on how to identify and understand the risk of child labour and take the necessary steps to prevent and eliminate it from business operations and supply chains.
Ardea is also partnering with experts specialising in addressing child labour such as UNICEF, the Rainforest Alliance, JDE, and V.E, Sustain Worldwide to offer our clients and wider audience practical guidance and expert commentary. CEO Colleen Theron and staff of Ardea International will work collaboratively with our partnerships.
In joining our training programme and webinar series, we hope to engage business, organisations and individuals on the issue of child labour. We also seek to equip them with the resources and tools to identify the issue and take steps to prevent child labour in their business and supply chains. We believe that by providing specific training to individuals on the issue, they will be in a better position to take action in their organisations and supply chains and to develop appropriate due diligence and other procedures to address the risk. Ardea International provides support on how to implement change.
How can Ardea International help you with the elimination of child Labour?
To learn more, you might like to attend our STOP child labour: how to address child labour in supply chains course, our our free webinar, How to address child labour in supply chains.
This online training and support programme programme has been developed to provide participants with the opportunity to understand more about modern slavery risk and how, within their own jobs, to do something about it.
We are also able to offer this workshop on a bespoke basis to companies. If you are interested in discussing this option, please email us.
We also have a range of free and paid resources on our website and we hope that you will enjoy browsing!
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