It is unfortunate that child labour is found in agriculture, to mining, from manufacturing to tourism- producing goods and services consumed by millions every day and the goods they produce are an integral part of the reality of global supply chains. Child labour occurs predominantly in the rural and informal economies, beyond the reach of labor inspection, the protection of workers’ organizations or the governance benefits of employers’ and producers’ organizations.
In this industrial era, the demand for products is huge and there is an overwhelming emphasis on quick supply. This growing culture of fast and growing choices, consumerism is pushing companies to find ever-cheaper sources of labour in an effort to keep costs down and profits up.
The reality is that children make good sources of cheap labour because they slip under the radar. They are seen as low-skilled workers without a voice, and so they are easy targets. Employers of children get away with it because supply chains have become incredibly complex and it is hard for companies to control every stage of production. However keeping a check on the supply chain is not impossible. Businesses therefore have an important role to play in upholding children’s rights.
Global March advocates with businesses to adopt child-friendly practices by demanding greater transparency in supply chains and encourages companies to know exactly who is making their products by raising their understanding and capacity on the issue.Global March also harnesses the power of the consumers to make an effective influence on the businesses to ensure there is no child labour involved in their supply chains.