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Dutch entrepreneurs take steps to combat child labour

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Published on: 11 June 2020 | Changed on: 12 June 2020

Today is the World Day Against Child Labour. And today, the Fund against Child Labour (FBK) is presenting its report Lessons Learned: Practical steps for due diligence and remediation by companies. In the report, 26 Dutch businesses share their experiences to stop this global problem.

Gaining insight into the problems

The report shows that problems in international production chains can be complicated and are linked. Often, Dutch businesses are a single link in the chain. Especially in developing countries, it is vital to get a good insight into production conditions. Also, individual businesses are not always capable of resolving problems on their own. This makes cooperation between various parties in the sector so important.

The report also explains:

  • how to conduct an effective risk analysis,
  • how to get suppliers involved, and
  • how to communicate about the measures taken.

Fact sheets look at the lessons learned from 8 completed projects in greater depth.

During the past 3 years, the 26 participating companies joined projects aimed at ending child labour. The participating companies operate in the following risk sectors: clothing & textile, coffee, cocoa, gold extraction, stone quarrying, and tourism. For the projects, the entrepreneurs have received FBK subsidies.

Room for new project proposals

Commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fund against Child Labour (FBK) helps Dutch entrepreneurs who wish to locally investigate the causes of child labour within their production chains. FBK helps businesses that want to take measures to prevent child labour at a local level within their operations. Also, FBK gives financial support, advice and opportunities to exchange knowledge.

FBK is now accepting new project proposals; the deadline is 5 November 2020. Businesses, NGOs and interested parties may sign up by email for an advisory consultation with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency's FBK team.