On December 10th, 2014, members of the ECLT Foundation signed a shared Pledge of Commitment and Minimum Requirements on combatting child labour.
The ECLT Foundation members comprise a large percentage of the world’s tobacco-sourcing supply chain. The Pledge affirms, “ECLT Foundation Board Members respect and recognize the principles and rights enshrined in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations on child labour”. The Pledge further affirms a sector-wide commitment to uphold robust policy on child labour, minimum requirements on tackling child labour, and implementation consistent with the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, based on the Ruggie ‘Protect, Respect, and Remedy’ Framework.
The Members’ resolute aim to align their actions with the Guiding Principles leads the way to address the complex child labour problem holistically and throughout the members’ respective tobacco-sourcing supply chains. The Pledge builds on the existing individual efforts of member organizations, and represents a significant advance in a major agricultural sector.
The International Tobacco Growers Association, as an ECLT Foundation member, has joined in the Pledge and has committed to raising awareness with its membership and disseminating, promoting, respecting, and realizing its stated child labour policy and requirements. The ECLT Foundation has committed to guide and support the members’ actions.
The ECLT Foundation was assisted by the ECLT Foundation Board Advisors — the International Labour Organization and Save the Children Switzerland — as well as by a diverse group of external stakeholders who were consulted during the elaboration of the Pledge of Commitment.