• 72+ million children work in conditions that put them at risk.
    #SafeWork4Youth

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The ECLT Foundation is committed to collaborative solutions for children and their families that combat the root causes of child labour in tobacco-growing communities.

We advocate for strong policies, share best practices to multiply our impact, and engage rural families so they can benefit from farming while ensuring that their children are healthy, educated, safe from exploitation, and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Child Labour Newsroom

Child Labour goes Beyond Supply Chains

Recent heightened public attention on the unacceptable situations faced by children and families working in tobacco growing shines a light on violations of human rights otherwise largely and historically kept in darkness. The Guardian puts children at risk with articles lacking context and promoting a supply chain approach to fight child labour in tobacco growing.

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    Collaboration with Mozambique to fight against child labour

    The ECLT Foundation and the Government of Mozambique joined forces to strengthen the fight against the worst forms of child labour, particularly in the areas where tobacco is grown. The 2018 Memorandum of Understanding will focus on community education and training, awareness and communication, institutional capacity building and revising the legal framework on child labour.

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    Big impact, small budget in Malawi

    A little goes a long way to improve children’s lives in rural communities where tobacco is grown. Working in collaboration with local implementing partners, YONECO, the ECLT Foundation was able to act quickly, providing funding and mobilising the community to renovate and finish 3 houses for teachers, as well as an office to safely store books and materials away from rain and the elements.

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News and insights

152 Million Children still in Child Labour

According to the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, there are still 152 million children involved in child labour.

Seventy one percent of them, or 108 million children, are working in the agricultural sector, including tobacco growing. This work is often hazardous.

See our impact

Since 2000, the ECLT Foundation has reached over 650,000 children and their families in farming communities around the world.

Our impact is sustainable because we mobilise everyone involved: governments, employers, unions, international organisations, companies, communities, and children themselves, for systemic change.

  • 44k

    CHILDREN

    were sent to school and benifited from vocational training

  • 455k

    COMMUNITY MEMBERS

    were reached through awarness-raising activities

  • 400+

    KEY STAKEHOLDERS

    were brought together to renew commitments on national action plant to eliminate child labour

  • 40k

    FAMILIES

    in tobacco-growing communities were financially empowered

A Global Leader
Against Child Labour

The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing (ECLT) Foundation is committed to pursuing collaborative solutions for children and their families to combat the root causes of child labour in agricultural communities.

We advocate for strong government and private sector policies to keep children out of labour and promote decent work. Our impact is multiplied through research, field testing and the sharing of good practices.

About us

Founded in Switzerland in 2000, the ECLT Foundation works to promote the full realisation of the rights of children and their families in agricultural communities, as defined by international human rights frameworks.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, Alliance 8.7 and a holder of United Nations ECOSOC special consultative status, ECLT works locally, nationally and internationally to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially SDG target 8.7.

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