We offer a range of services covering child labour prevention and remediation, child rights impacts and risks assessments, family-friendly workplaces, young worker development and more. Our services support companies to protect and promote child rights across their operations and supply chains, helping you to manage risks and meet regulatory requirements while at the same time creating positive impacts for working families, children and youth in your supply chain.
From top management all the way down to sub-contracting and raw material sites, we connect business interests and activities to realities on the ground and turn concepts into action. Crucially, we systematically measure the impacts of the programmes and services we deliver for workers, children and factories – helping to demonstrate return on investment and strengthen the business case for child rights.
Create Family-Friendly Workplaces
Understand & Address Child Rights Risks
Prevent & Remediate Child Labour
Protect and Support Young and Vulnerable Workers
Responsibly Manage your Supply Chain
Collaborate, Learn and Share Best Practices
Four stories from Bangladesh, China, Myanmar and Vietnam show how businesses can positively impact the lives of childrenWatch the video
The garment industry employs four million workers, the majority women. Many workers are in need of childcare, maternity and other family-friendly support. Child labour, especially in informal settings and lower tiers, is also prevalent and set to get worst following the pandemic. Learn how we can support you in Bangladesh.Read More
In Brazil, around a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, and issues including child labour, high infant mortality rates, children not in education, illness, lack of maternity protection, violence (including sexual violence), and discrimination against indigenous groups are all still common issues. Brazil has also been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 600,000 deaths recorded by December 2021.Read More
Child labour is prevalent in Cambodia today, with 8% of children between the ages of 5 to 14 engaged in work activities, according to pre-pandemic statistics. Lack of family-friendly support in the garment industry, especially for women who make up the bulk of garment workers, is another challenge. Learn how we can support you in Cambodia.Read More
An estimated 15.5 million children are left behind by their parents who migrated to coastal provinces for work in China’s manufacturing hubs. And while we observe a positive trend of more and more parents bringing their children with them, this often means loose access to the community support systems and challenges in accessing quality childcare and education.Read More
The child rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to remain a cause of great concern. According to a new study by The Centre and Save the Children, child labour is prominent in the informal mining sector, which is an important lifeline for around 200,000 labourers. One of the key drivers of child labour is a lack of access to education, driven in large part by families’ inability to pay all the fees associated with schooling. According to the study, many families cannot survive without their children’s contribution from working.Read More
An estimated 1.8 million children are working in Egypt, with 1.6 million believed to be engaged in hazardous work or unlawful forms of work. Poverty is a key driver of child labour: prior to the pandemic 28% of Egyptians were living in poverty and 7% of children were out of school. A further 34% of girls over 15 were struggling to read and write.Read More
The textile and garment industry in Ethiopia has been growing rapidly in the last few years and an increasing number of major multinational apparel brands are sourcing from the country. At the same time, international buyers are increasingly focussing on possible social and environmental risks in the textile supply chain in Ethiopia.Read More
India’s large child population coupled with a booming manufacturing industry means child rights issues linked to businesses are commonplace. Around 10 million children between 5 and 14 are engaged in work, while 20% of all children aged 15 to 17 years old are involved in hazardous industries and jobs. 91% of Indian women in paid jobs are in the informal sector where there is little or no maternity protection or family-friendly policies.Read More
Export-oriented agriculture is both one of the most important contributors to Indonesia’s GDP, and one of the highest risk sectors for child labour. Additional challenges include lack of family-friendly workplaces and limited opportunities for young workers who’ve reached the legal working age. Learn how we can support you in Indonesia.Read More
Child labour is a challenge in Laos, especially in the agriculture and informal sectors, which hire the majority of workers. Young workers are also facing barriers in their pursuit of decent jobs in the regulated formal sector, while garment workers lack access to maternity and other family-friendly support systems. Learn how we can support you in Laos.
Malaysia is home to a large population of “stateless” children and families across the nation are facing increased hardships due to the pandemic. These challenges are aggravating the risk of child labour in Malaysia, which has already been an ongoing challenge, especially on palm oil plantations.
Around 3.2 million children between 5 and 17 years are employed in Mexico, a number expected to rise as economic and educational repercussions of COVID-19 continue to affect children. Many children work in the informal sector but there are also regular reports of children working in the international supply chain, particularly in the agriculture sector where child labour is prevalent.Read More
Political turmoil aside, Myanmar’s manufacturing industry has been heavily impacted by the pandemic, with many working families struggling to get by. Child labour is likely to increase significantly, and young people are being increasingly pushed into unregulated, opaque work settings. Learn how we can support you in Myanmar.Read More
Today 2.3% of the Sri Lanka’s 4.5 million children are working, half of which are engaged in child labour and some engage in the worst forms of child labour. The current economic crisis is causing major challenges on all levels including access to adequate nutrition, medicine, fuel and education.Read More
A 2021 child rights impact assessment conducted by The Centre in a Philippine manufacturing supplier shed some light on the challenges facing parent workers and their children. This includes inadequate maternity protection and insufficient knowledge and support regarding healthcare. The pandemic is also having a devastating impact on families who no longer have stable incomes, and child labour is expected to increase significantly.Read More
Seasonal, migrant workers and their children face many challenges in Turkey’s agriculture sector including lack of access to education, social protection and healthcare, and childcare. Child labour and young workers engaged in hazardous work is common. Challenges also exist in responsibly managing refugees and ensuring family-friendly supply chains, especially in lower tiers. Learn how we can support you in Turkey.Read More
With accelerating urban migration in Vietnam, the number of children being left behind is increasing. For parent workers that live with their children, a lack of childcare provision and/or inadequate childcare is a major concern. A lack of decent work opportunities for young workers and continued prevalence of child labour – particularly in lower tiers, agricultural settings and informal sectors, are also ongoing challenges. Learn how we can support you in Vietnam.Read More
Our collaboration with The Centre [formerly CCR CSR] enables us to bear more responsibility for the wellbeing of the people who work in our purchasing chain and their families, by ensuring children are taken care of while the parents are at work in the summer.－Matti Kalervo, Kesko’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility
As the Otto Group, we have been committed to fair and safe working conditions for more than 25 years. In these extraordinary times, it is particularly important to us to support the employees and their children individually and directly. I am delighted that [we] we can help at such short notice and lay the foundation for a long-term commitment－Alexander Birken, CEO of the Otto Group
We are delighted to partner with The Centre to implement our Family Friendly Spaces (FFS) Programme. This programme is successful because the impacts are measurable and sustainable. Working together, we look forward to achieving even more for parent workers and children in the future.－Carmel Giblin President & CEO ICTI Ethical Toy Program, November 2020