Addressing child labor and forced labor in agricultural supply chains

FLA developed the ENABLE Training Toolkit to prepare sustainability managers, master trainers, and field-level practitioners to apply components of the USDA Guidelines for Eliminating Child Labor and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains in the context of their own organizations. It aids in the understanding of implementing a human rights due diligence program. 

The ENABLE Toolkit contains six training modules, a facilitator’s guide, presentation slides, and a participant manual. The toolkit provides guidance to companies and suppliers who are interested in adopting the USDA Guidelines or similar responsible sourcing frameworks and supports the fulfillment of emerging regulatory requirements on supply chain mapping and the abolition of child labor issues in supply chains.

The ENABLE Toolkit is based on a modular approach and can be conducted consecutively or as independent courses.

  • Module 1, Setting Standards: Participants learn the basic concepts and components of child labor and forced labor. Participants are equipped to identify child and forced labor cases, to understand the underlying causes, and develop insights why their organization should address human rights issues within its due diligence program.
  • Module 2, Integrating Human Rights Into Business: Participants learn what comprises a human rights due diligence program and how to negotiate its basic elements. Participants gain a better understanding of how to run risk assessments and integrate human rights into their operations.
  • Module 3, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement: Participants gain an understanding of the importance of stakeholder engagement and how to work through a stakeholder engagement strategy, including how to map stakeholders. The module encourages active engagement with workers to improve working conditions and build awareness of workers’ rights.
  • Module 4, Monitoring Child Labor and Forced Labor: Participants gain the skills to identify the limitations of compliance-based auditing approaches and recognize the value of human-centered monitoring, worker profiling, and accounting for community and cultural contexts. Participants obtain a better understanding of who workers are, their vulnerabilities and their concerns, and how to identify strategies to improve working and living conditions.
  • Module 5, Remediating Child Labor and Forced Labor: Participants learn to understand the differences between repairing harm and reducing the likelihood of recurrence by instituting systematic actions essential for remediation.
  • Module 6, Workers’ Voices, Feedback, and Grievance Mechanisms: Participants gain an understanding of the importance of ensuring that workers have a voice in the workplace so that their organizations consider the main elements, principles, and steps to set up functioning worker feedback and grievance procedures.