Making societies strong enough to
protect their own children.
Influencing Public Policy
The leadership and good will of public institutions and government, translated into effective policies, are vital to ending child labour.
Families and communities, regardless of how remote they are, are part of a wider society that is supported by many levels of governments. Public policies that provide for opportunities for children’s health, safety, and education are essential for the elimination of child labour.
Children trapped in child labour need governments that expeditiously assign responsibilities, ensure accountability, put in place mechanisms, and facilitate resources so children can go to school and so their parents have some respite and are not always trapped in poverty.
That support takes many forms:
- Sound public policies for child protection and social support for families
- Active labour market policies and effective labour inspection to keep children out of the fields
- Investments in health care, education, and social security nets
Because of this, the ECLT Foundation regularly involves public institutions and government in our projects. We bring together leaders to strengthen anti-child labour strategies in events like the Malawi National Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture. And we contribute to local and international conferences and initiatives on child labour to raise awareness about children’s rights and unite efforts to keep children safe.
We foster dialogue and collaboration to make policies more effective and to strengthen communities to end child labour.
Advised by the International Labour Organization and Save the Children Switzerland, our work is guided by international policies and frameworks:
- ILO conventions, declarations, and supervisory mechanisms for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including ILO Convention 138, 182, and 184
- Standards, ethics, and responsibilities for business, such as the Children’s Rights and Business Principles developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact, and Save the Children
- National legislation, policies, and measures of donor countries
- Human development frameworks, concerted agendas, and global pacts, including those addressing the Post Millennium Development Goals
- Human rights and child rights conventions and instruments, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Pledge in Action
The Pledge of Commitment by ECLT Foundation Board Members strengthens public policy to project children. The Pledge asserts that the child labour policy of each ECLT Foundation Board member, as applicable, shall include a policy to promote a level of child protection that meets or exceeds the protection provided by the relevant international frameworks. Read the whole Pledge here.