• A better life for children
    in tobacco-growing communities

    About us

The ECLT Foundation is committed to collaborative solutions for children and their families that combat the root causes of child labour in tobacco-growing communities.

We advocate for strong policies, share best practices to multiply our impact, and engage rural families so they can benefit from farming while ensuring that their children are healthy, educated, safe from exploitation, and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Child Labour Newsroom

ILO reaches compromise to collaborate against child labour

ECLT welcomes the ILO Governing Body’s decision regarding collaboration to address decent work deficits and child labour in tobacco growing, which firmly keeps children and families at the forefront of this complex matter.

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    Supporting Teachers in Malawi

    Teachers now enjoy improved working conditions in Mankhamba, Malawi, with a new, secure staff room to store books and have meetings, made possible through ECLT's CLEAR II Project. This supports the village to recruit more teachers to the primary school, which serves over 350 children.

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    A Committed Partnership to End Child Labour in Indonesia

    In October 2018, the first meeting of the ‘Partnership in Action Against Child Labour in Agriculture’ (PAACLA), was held, bringing together relevant national and local stakeholders against child labour. The meeting was hosted by the Indonesian State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and supported by ECLT and partners.

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News and insights

152 Million Children still in Child Labour

According to the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, there are still 152 million children involved in child labour.

Seventy one percent of them, or 108 million children, are working in the agricultural sector, including tobacco growing. This work is often hazardous.

See our impact

Since 2000, the ECLT Foundation has reached over 650,000 children and their families in farming communities around the world.

Our impact is sustainable because we mobilise everyone involved: governments, employers, unions, international organisations, companies, communities, and children themselves, for systemic change.

  • 44k


    were sent to school and benifited from vocational training

  • 455k


    were reached through awarness-raising activities

  • 400+


    were brought together to renew commitments on national action plant to eliminate child labour

  • 40k


    in tobacco-growing communities were financially empowered

A Global Leader
Against Child Labour

The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing (ECLT) Foundation is committed to pursuing collaborative solutions for children and their families to combat the root causes of child labour in agricultural communities.

We advocate for strong government and private sector policies to keep children out of labour and promote decent work. Our impact is multiplied through research, field testing and the sharing of good practices.

About us

Founded in Switzerland in 2000, the ECLT Foundation works to promote the full realisation of the rights of children and their families in agricultural communities, as defined by international human rights frameworks.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, Alliance 8.7 and a holder of United Nations ECOSOC special consultative status, ECLT works locally, nationally and internationally to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially SDG target 8.7.

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