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Focus on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire

Olam applies high standards to protect people in agricultural work, including all applicable national and international labour laws and regulations. The main standard in relation to child labour that applies here is the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 138 on the Minimum Age for Employment and the ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. The ILO Convention 138 for Côte d’Ivoire can be found here.

When ratifying ILO Convention 138 on the minimum age for employment, Cote d’Ivoire specified 14 years as the minimum age for regular work. This has subsequently risen to 16 years.

And specifically within that, the law in-country was clarified in June 2017 and has been adopted by FLA in their Code of Conduct under Child labor 3 for Apprentices, whereby children between 13 and 16 years old can be involved in their family’s farms tasks if:

  • these tasks are not harmful or hazardous for them
  • these tasks do not interfere with their education
  • these tasks are conducted within reasonable times frame (as indicated in the law)

Ultimately, child labour contravening ILO principles can only be effectively handled by joining forces collectively across the cocoa business sector along with governments, NGOs, and civil society.

Olam’s sustainable cocoa work in Côte d’Ivoire in numbers

– Number of sustainable programmes: 10

– Number of Co-ops in sustainable programmes: 185

– Number of farmers in sustainable programmes: 85,000

– Amount of money in premiums paid this crop season for sustainable cocoa to farmers over Government price: $23M

– Amount of money lent to farmers at 0% interest this crop season: $29.79M

– Number of agricultural training officers in the field: 57 (includes gender equity and child labour sensitisation)

 

Read how Olam Cocoa is tackling deforestation here