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Addressing child labour through responsible sourcing in mining supply chains

Worldwide 218 million children between 5 and 17 years are in employment. Among them, 152 million are victims of child labour; almost half of them, 73 million, work in hazardous child labour. Many of these are to be found in global supply chains, including across the mining lifecyle. Children’s rights are impacted in numerous ways across extractive supply chains, from the level of maternity rights and wellbeing, breastfeeding environments, wages and working hours, childcare support, gender equality, and climate change resilience, to children’s access to education and healthcare, water and sanitation, and freedom from child labour. Recent exposure of child labour in mining supply chains has prompted increased pressure from industry, investors, civil society and consumers to enhance transparency and responsibility regarding sourcing. This has implications at every stage of the mining lifecyle. While child labour is typically an issue associated with artisanal and small scale mining, exploration and large-scale mining also have roles to play to enhance due dilgence systems in extractive supply chains.
Chair: UNICEF Canada
Sunday, March 4, 2018
3:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Room 803

Addressing child labour through responsible sourcing in mining supply chains

Agenda: Introduction: • Simon Chorley, UNICEF Canada Facilitators for small group discussions: • Cristina Villegas, Pact • Stephen D’Esposito, Resolve & Leah Butler, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition • Ben Chalmers, Mining Association of Canada & Melissa Whellams, Avanzar • Simon Chorley, UNICEF Canada Closing: • Stephen D’Esposito, Resolve
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