What is Fair Trade Principle 5: No Child Labour. No Forced Labour.
The organisation must adhere to the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, and local law on the employment of children. Any involvement of children in the production of products is disclosed and monitored and does not adversely affect the child's well-being.
Ensuring no Child Labour and No Forced Labour
This seems like something that shouldn’t need to be stated, but it does.
There is currently estimated to be over 40 million people in slavery worldwide.
There is currently estimated to be over 160 million children being used for labour globally.
By ensuring that this is a stated principle, Fair Trade businesses actively work to ensure there is no child labour and no forced labour in their business, or in the businesses they work with.
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern Slavery* is an umbrella term that is used to describe human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. Crimes include human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage and worst forms of child labour.
The Palermo Protocol (an International agreement to prevent and address slavery) describes the components as
- the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons,
- by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits
- to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
*Source: Be Slavery Free
All of the Good Things Supports Fair Trade
Our philosophy is first and foremost, to do no harm to people or the planet. Then we choose to do what we can to have a positive impact. That’s when we get the really good feels. Then we know we are nudging the dial towards a world full of optimism, joy and fun for everyone.
Our first choice is to source from Fair Trade suppliers wherever possible.