The Centre for Child Rights and Business (The Centre) has created a resource hub to share updates and resources on coronavirus-related issues impacting factories, workers and children in Asia.
As businesses and their suppliers respond to challenges related to the pandemic, parent workers and their children are also impacted. COVID-19 has disrupted education and childcare, separated families, caused family illness and has resulted in loss or reduction of household income. Many families have been plunged deeper into poverty and are struggling to cope, which will ultimately effect production lines.
The Centre is tracking the impacts of COVID-19 on factories, workers and their families gathering feedback using ongoing interviews, online surveys and via our teams working in our project countries in Asia. As of July, 2021, we have reached out to close to a 150 factories, 700 workers and 126 children.
We continue to develop targeted responses and adapt our programmes to support companies, workers and families through COVID-19.
The data gathered through our outreach efforts has allowed us to develop targeted responses by adapting our approaches. Below is a list of additional resources by The Centre and from external sources.
How COVID-19 caused a global learning crisis, McKinsey & Company, April 2022
Myanmar’s Garment Workers Are Caught Between COVID-19 and the Coup, The Diplomat, April 2022
With 23 countries yet to fully reopen schools, education risks becoming ‘greatest divider’ as COVID-19 pandemic enters third year, UNICEF, March 2022
Impact of Covid-19 on women in the Bangladesh garment industry, Jan 2022
"Situation analysis on the effects of and responses to COVID-19 on the Education Sector in Asia: Lao PDR case study", UNESCO, 2021
"The desperate plight of workers in pandemic", The Daily Star, Aug. 26, 2021
Protecting Children from the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Small Business, UNICEF, June 2021
"COVID-19 Pandemic Fuelling Child Labour", HRW, May 2021
"The Impact of COVID-19 on Children, Adolescents and their Families in Lao PDR", UNICEF, Feb. 2021
"COVID-19 Impact on Child Labour and Forced Labour: The Response of the IPEC + Flagship Programme" by the ILO
"Revisiting the Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescents in Urban Slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Round 2" by the GAGE programme. Read the brief here
New study: "Getting Through A Pandemic: Migrant Parents and Covid-19 In China’s Export Manufacturing Industry". Read the study and infographic here
"UN RBHRF Session on the Role of Business in Mitigating the Social Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Workers and Families", June 9, 2020: The Centre's CEO Ines Kaempfer facilitated a session on “The Role of Business in Mitigating the Social Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Workers and Families” at the UN Virtual Forum on Business and Human Rights. Re-watch the session here
"Stressed, Worried and Broke: How Covid-19 is Impacting Migrant Parent Workers" - Through a series of phone interviews with workers and surveys with factories, The Centre has gathered together insights on the impacts how COVID-19 is impacting workers, families and children. Read the article here