In western Guatemala, a new model for education and job training is opening doors for young people in tobacco-growing communities. Originally printed in the ITGA Tobacco Courier.read more
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
“The stakes for children, our sole beneficiaries, their families and their communities are dangerously high,” said Hammond, ECLT Executive Director. “Individuals who have never worked or spent significant time in rural communities facing child labour issues do not take the realities faced by children living in poverty into consideration.”read more
These young people have the right to work in conditions that are safe and healthy. The ECLT Foundation promotes decent work in rural communities where tobacco is grown through close cooperation with farmers, labour inspectors and community leaders.read more
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.
were sent to school and benifited from vocational training
were reached through awarness-raising activities
were brought together to renew commitments on national action plant to eliminate child labour
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.
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.