The Child Labour Platform (CLP) is a business led initiative to eliminate child labour in supply chains, coordinated by the ILO and co-chaired by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Stop Child Labour coalition members were present in this global meeting, as only NGO representatives among mainly businesses and UN organisations.
On the programme there was a company review on child labour due diligence in practices, in which practical dilemma’s were shared and discussed. Furthermore there were panel discussions on ‘Transparency, UNGPs and SDGs’ and on ‘Emerging approached to addressing child labour in Tier III’. On the second day, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment of India, Ms. Kalpana Rajsinghot, presented the plans of the Indian government to end child labour.
It was an interesting meeting, where Stop Child Labour has been able to contribute from our NGO experience to the discussions. It is important to stress the added value of involving local civil society organisations (CSO) in the activities of businesses in production countries. And that we cannot forget the domestic market and local supply chains when we really want to end child labour worldwide. Ms. Kalpana Rajsinghot was very happy with the materials of the Stop Child Labour coalition and invite us to work together with the Indian government on this issue.