Child Labor News

Here you can find news articles from the US and around the world concerning Child Labor.

Norway: Norwegian pension fund withdraws investment in Indian seed company due to child labor –

October 28, 2013

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has recently decided to withdraw its investment in the Indian company Zuari Agro Chemicals (‘Zuari’) because of the contribution of the company to the worst forms of child labor. This decision was taken based on a recommendation from the Council on Ethics of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). On the average, 20% to 30% of the workers at the farms supplying seeds to Zuari are children under 15 years. A rough estimate suggests that about 3,000 to 4,000 children are involved in the company’s seed production: 20% of them younger than 10 years of age. The decision of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance has been taken after various unsuccessful efforts to get a credible response from Zuari on how they are tackling child labor in their supply chain Click here to read more…

USA: Emily Grant Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2013 – IIECL

October 8, 2013

If you are a young person, teacher, school, youth or community group or NGO working with children and/or youth and need a small amount of funds to support a project idea to help end child labor, we want to hear your ideas. In collaboration with the Emily Sandall Foundation, the International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) will be awarding ten Emily grants in the fall of 2013. Applications are due by midnight November 3, 2013. Proposed projects should address the following: Click here to read more…

USA: List of IIECL and Emily Sandall Foundation’s Emily Grant Awards 2004 – 2013 – IIECL

October 1, 2013

2013 marks International Initiative to End Child Labor’s 15th anniversary as an organization working to end child labor. Since 2004, IIECL and the Emily Sandall Foundation (beginning in 2007) has been supporting the award of mini-grants to individuals, groups and organizations to promote a variety of actions toward ending child labor. As of the spring of 2013, a total of 89 grants have been awarded to support initiatives to end child labor in 30 countries worldwide. By the close of 2013, we expect the number of Emily grants to exceed 100.

We are thankful for the partnership with the 89 individuals, groups and organizations with whom we have worked in the past. We are very pleased with the outcomes of many of the grantees work. Through the Emily grants, thousands of children’s lives have been improved, bringing an end to child labor and a new beginning down a pathway of opportunity for the future. (For past Emily grant applicants and grantees awarded an Emily grant(s), we ask you to please note the paragraphs at the end of this announcement. Click here to read more…

USA: Emily Sandall Foundation Pledges 10 New Emily Grants for Fall 2013 – IIECL

The International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) is pleased to announce that the Emily Sandall Foundation (ESF) has pledged to support 10 new Emily grants for the fall of 2013. Emily grants are awarded to individuals (students, youth, teachers, researchers, adults), groups (youth, girls/women/boys or advocacy groups), or organizations (civic, community based or non-governmental organizations) that want to end child labor. The awards are small mini-grants, totaling US $500 each and are to be used to support specific actions toward ending child labor. The grants are named in honor of Emily Sandall who was an activist promoting human rights for children Click here to read more…

USA: Latest Findings on Country Performance with Ending Child Labor Published – IIECL

Washington, DC: USDOL releases it’s 2012 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

September 30, 2013–US Department of Labor held its annual event to release the latest findings on the status of individual countries’ progress on ending the worst forms of child labor and the list of goods produced by child labor or forced labor.

Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, former Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman, and Senator Tom Harkin were guest speakers. Using a talk show format moderated by Carol Pier, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, each guest speaker offered a “Then, Now and Next” perspective on how the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 182 on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor was passed and the US’s ratification of the UN convention was achieved. Past lessons learned were shared by Sec. Heman and Sen. Harkin to help guide future work on addressing child labor. Click here to read more…

Switzerland: Marking Progress against Child Labor (Report) – ILO

September 26, 2013

GENEVA – A new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), Marking Progress against Child Labor, says that the global number of child laborers has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million. But even the latest improved rate of decline is not enough to achieve the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labor by 2016 – agreed by the international community through the ILO. Click here to read more…

Switzerland: ILO releases new tool to help countries address child slavery and prostitution – ILO

September 13, 2013

The United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) today launched a new tool to help countries eliminate children’s involvement in slavery, child prostitution, drug trafficking and other types of the worst forms of child labor by 2016.

The ILO created the training guide – “Implementing the Roadmap for achieving the elimination of the worst forms of child labor: a training guide for policy makers” – for Government, workers’ and employers’ organizations and international and non-governmental organizations. Click here to read more…

Nepal: The Trafficked, Abandoned and Displaced Children of Nepal – The International

September 11, 2013

Developing countries have been hit hard by the financial crisis in the West, as funding rapidly dwindles for organizations such as the Umbrella Foundation, one of the most established sources of support for the lost children of Nepal. Child trafficking, street children and corrupt orphanage owners are just some of the issues dealt with by the organization, whose primary mission, in accordance with research by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is to reunify children with their families. Click here to read more…