The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BZ) is making € 35 million available until the end of 2022 to eradicate child labour in Dutch companies’ production chains. The Fund against Child Labour (FBK) is available for subsidies, knowledge sharing, consultancy and guidance. Consortia of businesses, NGOs and local partners will be able to submit applications for the first round of subsidies from 23 July to 3 December 2018.
This is confirmed in a publication in the Staatscourant (Government Gazette) on Tuesday, 12 June 2018.
Despite the 30% decline in child labour since the start of this century, 152 million children worldwide are still working today, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Furthermore, the Netherlands has committed itself to the UN’s international objectives, which stipulate that all forms of child labour are to be completely abolished by 2025.
Studying and addressing the causes
The Fund against Child Labour supports companies that wish to carry out local research into the root causes of child labour within their production chains and implement measures to combat this at the local level. The Fund also anticipates that companies will be implementing measures themselves within their own organisations and scrutinise their own purchasing procedures, for example. Together with their suppliers, companies can make sure that all employees are paid a fair living wage.
One important precondition is that companies within the same sector start collaborating - not only with one another, but also with other parties such as NGOs and local businesses. Furthermore, the Fund against Child Labour is keen to acquire a greater understanding of and knowledge on potential strategies for action. The sharing and dissemination of knowledge are particularly important, helping companies to learn from one another, thus enabling them to make a significant contribution to tackling the prevailing taboo surrounding child labour.
The Fund against Child Labour is administered by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The fund will be open to project applications several times over the next few years. Read more about this scheme and the terms and conditions: Fund against Child Labour.