Fact #5 – Forced and Child Labour
Unfortunately, child labour remains a challenge in developing (and sometimes in developed) countries, particularly when families are struggling to make ends meet. The welfare of children and workers is always of paramount importance, and forced and child labour on cotton farms is unacceptable to BCI. If either is discovered where Better Cotton is produced, it is considered an incidence of non-compliance with BCI’s standard and is dealt with immediately. We support farmers by helping them to understand and respect national legal requirements, as well as the fundamental, interrelated International Labour Organisation conventions on respecting the minimum age for young workers (C138) and avoiding the ‘worst forms of child labour’ (C182). BCI does not operate in countries where forced labour is orchestrated by the government.