Fighting Child Labour
Fair Trade organizations who buy Fair Trade products from producer groups either directly or through intermediaries ensure that no forced labour is used in production and the producer complies with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and national / local law on the employment of children.
Any involvement of children in the production of Fair Trade products (including learning a traditional art or craft) is always disclosed and monitored and does not adversely affect the children’s well-being, security, educational requirements and need for play.
In addition to being child labour free, we encourage our organizations to devote a part of their income to give education to children and support in the campaigns/ awareness programs.
FTF-I from the experiences of our member organisations, understand that ensuring Fair income/ remuneration to the parents/ Fair wages to adult workers is very much effective in curtailing child labour.
As the National Network in India FTF-I strictly ban the usage child labour in production/ marketing related activities of trade/ business.
Child Protection is one of the non-negotiable Fair Trade standards and we ensure that the activities are totally free from the usage of child labour. Recently FTF-I initiated entry audit process for the enrolment of members in the forum.
During the entry audit, prior to the membership, we take special efforts to implement child protection policies by member organisations as far as possible.