Tag - Child labour

How tobacco farms promote child labour

Tobacco production is a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Unfortunately, the cultivation of tobacco engages the labour of children in extremely dangerous environments, which has both immediate and long-term consequences for society. Tobacco production and consumption are public health issues with human rights implications. Tobacco is now produced in 125 countries, including Kenya. In a quest to...

Child Labour: No Quick End to Children Trapped in Tobacco Production

HONG KONG / LOME, May 17 (IPS) - Despite World Day Against Child Labour launched in 2002 by the International Labour Organization (ILO), little has changed over the past two decades for the millions of children who remain trapped. To rescue children and achieve sustainable human and health rights improvements, laws that make corporations accountable and...

Opinion: Looking away will not end child labor in tobacco fields

The tobacco industry likes to portray itself as a positive economic force. Yet tobacco farmers across Africa face a harsh economic reality: The industry derives such huge profits in part because it maneuvers to pay as little as possible for the crop that is the basis for its products. This practice is unfair and perpetuates inequality. What’s...

Malawi: UK tobacco firms fail in bid to have Malawi child labour case struck out

BAT and Imperial Tobacco deny they are responsible for farming families’ exploitation Two big UK tobacco companies have failed to persuade the high court to strike out a case against them that alleges they are responsible for the exploitation of Malawian farming families and child labour in their drive for profits. British American Tobacco and Imperial...

Global campaigners call on tobacco industry to combat child labor

The tobacco industry should be at the forefront of ending child labor across its supply chains to help secure rights, dignity and holistic growth of minors, campaigners said Monday. Speaking at a virtual briefing, the international campaigners and experts said the use of child labor in cultivation and manufacture of tobacco products is a threat...

Tobacco Industry: Hindrance to the Elimination of Child Labour

The hazards of tobacco handling and toxic exposure to pesticides used in tobacco farming are undisputed. Child labour in tobacco rightfully falls under the category “worst forms of child labour” due to the hazardous nature of work in the tobacco sector. According to International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions, child labour in such sectors should...