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Labor Dept. Will Fund Project to Combat Child/Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains

Thursday, July 23, 2015
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The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced July 21 an “innovative” $4.8 million project to build on two decades of experience in the fight to end child and forced labor. According to ILAB, the new approach calls for a grantee to work side by side with an agricultural company to put the guidelines into practice in the company’s supply chain where there is a risk of child or forced labor. The project will test the real-world application of the guidelines and also seeks to apply lessons learned throughout the agriculture industry.

According to ILAB, many companies, particularly in the agriculture sector, may know of labor risks in their supply chains but are cautious to acknowledge and address them publicly. This project will encourage openness and transparency and provide support to a company willing to step up, acknowledge these risks and work to address them, while concurrently complementing ILAB’s engagement with the private sector to address labor issues in supply chains around the world.

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