Box 6.5. National Association of Colombia Industrialists
A number of employers' organizations have adopted policies in the area of child labour. One example is a resolution adopted by the National Association of Colombia Industrialists (ANDI) in December 1996. Such statements serve the dual purpose of bringing greater attention to the issue of child labour and of providing policy guidance to individual companies.
Resolution on Child Labour by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Colombia Industrialists
(a) That it is the Association's duty to foster the application and respect of ethical values among the employer community and society as a whole;
(b) That in every work relationship respect for individual dignity must prevail;
(c) That the rights of children and young people must be upheld, so that they are protected against economic exploitation and against performing any work which may be dangerous or which interferes with their education, their leisure, or their physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development in general;
(d) That the lack of education and technical training among children and young people prevents them from enjoying better working and social conditions in a world which requires people to be increasingly qualified; and
(e) That, despite the difficulties in evaluating the extent of the problem, recent studies indicate that at least 2,447,000 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 17 work in our country - that is, almost 90 per cent of the children and young people in that age group, who are suffering from poverty and misery, are performing some kind of work.
(1) That its members will not engage for work any individual of less than 18 years of age.
(2) To invite its members to check whether those people with whom they have contracts - such as contractors, clients, distributors, agents, subcontractors, etc. - do not employ any persons of less than 18 years of age.
(3) To request that, when they have dealings with community or cooperative type enterprises, whose activities encompass work which involves family groups, including youngsters of less than 18 years of age, enterprises ensure that the rights of those children and young people are not violated and that their working time allows for education and recreation.
(4) To request the Executive President of the Association to continue supporting efforts to abolish the employment of children and young people in other sectors of Colombia's economy, and to assist in the design and implementation of rehabilitation, training and recreation programmes for displaced children and youngsters.