“Only through collective action can society build back better from the global pandemic and become more resilient on a trajectory to achieve the SDGs.” -- UNGC Strategy 2021-2023
As we submit 2019-2020 Communication on Engagement, we are proud to reflect on our work in 2019 and 2020 and see how closely it aligns with the UNGC’s 10 Principles, the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Especially during the COVID-19 crisis, ECLT has relentlessly pursued partnerships, fostered collaboration and taken action to support children, farmers and families in areas where tobacco is grown. Some of the highlights from the past two years featured in our CoE include:
- 360,000+ community members educated on the dangers of child labour and helping children at risk.
- 25,000+ children were directly removed and kept away from child labour
- 17,900+ children had school meals so they could better concentrate on their studies
- 1,000+ stakeholders from governments, unions and employers across 12 crops – including tea, cotton, coffee, tobacco, sisal, cashews, and citrus – brought together against child labour
- 16,800+ households learned new skills to increase their incomes, access credit and manage finances
- 1,900 farmers trained on better farming and collaboration practices to access more markets including maize and tomatoes.
- 6 national and district action plans developed with tri-partite, multi-sectoral commitments and a framework for action to protect every child in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda.
- 97.5% retention rate of students in secondary school, as part of our development and pilot of the La Maquina Youth Employment Model, up from only 25% before the project started.
As UNGC members since 2015, the ECLT remains to support the mission to “mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want,” in line with the 10 principles and the SDGs.
Read more in our 2019-2020 UNGC Communication of Engagement Report