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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO; 2000; 356 pages)
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contents1. National policies and programmes
Open this folder and view contents2. Towards improved legislation
Open this folder and view contents3. Improving the knowledge base on child labour
Open this folder and view contents4. Alternatives to child labour
Open this folder and view contents5. Strategies to address child slavery
close this folder6. Strategies for employers and their organizations
View the documentINTRODUCTION
View the documentPlanning for action at the national level
View the documentBuilding alliances
View the documentKey issues in project design
View the documentTen steps to enhance employer action on child labour
Open this folder and view contents6.2 EMPLOYER "BEST PRACTICES" ON CHILD LABOUR
Open this folder and view contents6.3 CORPORATE INITIATIVES ON CHILD LABOUR
View the documentAppendix 6.1 IOE General Council Resolution on Child Labour
Open this folder and view contents7. Trade unions against child labour
Open this folder and view contents8. Awareness-raising
Open this folder and view contents9. Action by community groups and NGOs
Open this folder and view contents10. Resources on child labour
View the documentOther ILO publications
View the documentBack Cover


The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) has stated its commitment to the elimination of hazardous and exploitative child labour. Its action reflects the political will of its members as expressed in the Resolution on Child Labour adopted in 1996. This resolution calls on IOE members to raise awareness on the human, economic and social costs of child labour, and to develop policies and action plans to contribute to the international campaign for its elimination (see Appendix 6.1).

This chapter1 illustrates some of the various actions which national employers' federations and sectoral business associations have already taken and provides information relating to:

1 This chapter draws on material and case examples from the Employers' handbook on child labour, published by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). Copies may be obtained from IOE, 26 chemin de Joinville, 1216 Cointrin, Geneva, Switzerland (tel: +4122 798 1616; fax: +4122 798 8862; E-Mail: See p. 327 for more details.

• development of policies and programmes to combat child labour effectively;
• concrete action taken by national employers' organizations;
• corporate and sectoral initiatives to combat child labour; and
• various codes of conduct and labelling initiatives.

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