The Dutch government has accepted a new legislative proposal for preventing child labour in supply chains. Dutch companies have been prohibited from directly using child labour since 1874, but with this new proposal companies are held accountable for child labour further upstream in their supply chains.
Roelof van Laar, member of the Dutch parliament for the PvdA, has initiated the new proposal. Worldwide, an estimated 168 million children are working in textile, cocoa, mineral and other supply chains. The products being produced using child labour, and in some cases even child slavery, are present in our everyday lives - the chocolate we eat, the smartphones we buy and the coffee we drink. Everything we eat, drink and use can be tainted with child labour, child slavery or forced labour. The new legislative proposal requires companies that sell products in the Netherlands to prevent child labour from entering their supply chain, effectively making it their responsibility to monitor and control their entire supply chain.
Wide support for fighting child labour
The new proposal has been signed by thousands of consumers as well as companies and organisations such as Save the Children, Unicef, Nestlé and Tony’s Chocolonely. At present, the new law still needs to be approved by the Dutch Parliament, but we see this as a very positive step where both companies and consumers are fighting child labour and voices are heard.
Companies, such as Tony’s Chocolonely, use ChainPoint’s technology to monitor their entire supply chain, which provides valuable information towards preventing child labour. To see how ChainPoint can provide your company with more upstream and downstream visibility, please visit our solutions page.