New OECD practical action tool for companies to tackle child laborPhoto: ILO in Asia and the Pacific, flickr (cc)

The OECD developed a new guideline that describes practical actions companies can undertake in order to identify and prevent child labor in their mineral supply chains.

New OECD practical action tool for companies to tackle child laborPhoto: ILO in Asia and the Pacific, flickr (cc)

There is increasing awareness about child labor in the mining of minerals that are used for electronic products. Child labor in mineral mining is described by Human Rights Watch as the most dangerous form of child labor. Tackling child labor in these complex supply chains remains complicated. The OECD developed a guideline with ‘Practical Actions’. The guideline outlines the steps that companies should take to address the issue of child labor in their supply chains.

The OECD recommendations include that companies should build in child labor clauses into contracts with suppliers, carry out independent and credible on-the-ground inspections and publish yearly reports on the steps they have taken to tackle child labor in their chains. 

Read more here and download the guideline below.