Understanding the elimination of forced labour and ILO core conventions for effective human rights due diligence
Child labour remains a persistent problem in the world today. The latest global estimates indicate that 160 million children - 63 million girls and 97 million boys - were in child labour globally at the beginning of 2020, accounting for almost 1 in 10 of all children worldwide. Seventy-nine million children - nearly half of all those in child labour - were in hazardous work that directly endangers their health, safety and moral development. Global progress against child labour has stagnated since 2016. The percentage of children in child labour remained unchanged over the four year period while the absolute number of children in child labour increased by over 8 million. Similarly, the percentage of children in hazardous work was almost unchanged but rose in absolute terms by 6.5 million children This course looks into how companies, development finance institutions, state-owned enterprises, procurement agencies, and relevant stakeholders can contribute to the eradication of child labour in enterprises' own operations and business transactions through responsible business conduct and effective human rights due diligence (HRDD).
- Enterprises (privately owned or state-owned); - Procurement agencies - Line ministries with a specific mandate and interest in business and human rights (trade and commerce, procurement, justice and human rights); - Development finance institutions; - National human rights institutions; - Academia; - Tripartite appointed national focal points for the promotion of the MNE Declaration and OECD National Contact Points for RBC; - UN agencies; - Employers' organizations and trade unions.
This course provides participants with the essential building blocks related to child labour and responsible business conduct, structured in five modules:
Participants will be able to advise their institutions to further advance responsible business conduct and contribute to more effective HRDD processes related to child labour, including:
The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) is part of the UN system and is the training arm of the International Labour Organization. The ITCILO is known for innovative learning methods and for being a marketplace for new ideas and innovations
in the world of work.
The course will be offered through the eCampus – the ITCILO learning platform – over a period of 3 weeks from 20 May to 7 June 2024, for an estimated total of 32 learning hours.
As part of your participation, you will develop a specific HRDD component related to child labour (risk assessment, capacity building plan, intervention and remedial mechanisms, etc.) relevant to the product/service, sector and/or location of your choice.
At the end of the learning journey, participants receive a Certificate of Participation.
Please apply by 17 May 2024 via the following link: https://oarf2.itcilo.org/STF/A9717092/en
Partial scholarships are available for qualifying candidates and will be allocated on a rolling basis. Therefore, we encourage interested candidates to apply as early as possible.