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Department of Labor launches toolkit to help companies combat child labor

Thursday, March 14, 2013

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), an estimated 215 million children are involved in child labor worldwide, and an estimated six million children are forced to work around the world. In December, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a free toolkit to help companies develop programs to combat forced and child labor in their supply chains.

“Eradicating child and forced labor and educating children are fundamental government responsibilities,” said the Labor Department on its website. “Companies’ social compliance programs can help fill critical gaps where governments have not yet developed full capacity.” The new toolkit is a step-by-step guide to developing eight key elements of a comprehensive social compliance program.

Access the toolkit and learn more at http://www.dol.gov/ilab/child-forced-labor/index.htm.

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