As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the international community adopted the ambitious goal of ending child labour by 2025. But millions of children around the world are still trapped in child labour, depriving them of their childhood, their health and education, and condemning them to a life of poverty. Recent global estimates indicate that a total of 168 million children aged 5 to 17 are engaged in child labour (down by some 30% from 246 million in 2000). These figures indicate a steady decline in child labour, but progress is far too slow.
Despite the fact that business are more aware of and increasingly proficient in developing responses to child labour risks, Global Child Forum’s benchmark report findings raise concerns around the actual impact of the policies in place and their implementation throughout operations and supply chains.