Child Labour

At first sight child labour may not appear to be a material issue for Australian companies and investors. However the fragmentation of global production and trade has dramatically increased the length and complexity of supply chains, which can lead to lack of oversight and worker exploitation.

The global movement to eradicate child labour has gained significant pace over recent years. Increasingly, global unions and NGOs collaborate with companies and investors to find ways to deal with the risks of child labour in global supply chains. This report looks at those efforts.


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  • Overview and Research Approach

    This chapter provides an introduction, it highlights the extent of the problem, why it is an issue for Australian business and investors, and it explains the research approach. 
  • Civil Society Perspectives - What's Working and What Needs Improvement?

    This section summarises the civil society perspectives on which approaches are working, and what needs improvement.
  • How are Australian Companies Responding?

    In what ways are corporations in Australia responding to the risk and occurrence of child labour?
  • Australian Investors and Child Labour

    How has the Australian investment community responded to the threat of child labour?
  • Best practice investor actions on child labour

    This chapter highlights a number of case studies that serve as examples of good practice responsible investment. 
  • Conclusion and appendices

    This section presents the conclusion of the report and the three appendices.
  • Resource: a review of international codes and conventions

    This section reviews the international codes and conventions concerning child labour.