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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

Annual Report 2018 - Beyond the Numbers

ECLT’s 2018 Annual Report looks back at some of the highlights in the fight against child labour over the past year. Going beyond the numbers we’re sharing the stories of some of our beneficiaries about our sustainable programmes in six countries.

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    Social dialogue & Collaboration: ECLT Statement at ILO Technical Meeting

    Our sole purpose and mandate is to prevent and protect children from child labour wherever tobacco is grown. As a global leader working to keep children from tobacco growing communities in-school, and adolescent workers protected from hazardous child labour, we know what works. Collaboration! Collaboration with Governments, Collaboration with Unions, Collaboration with Companies, Collaboration with the ILO, and above all Collaboration with the Communities and families - who rely on us to get this right

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    Happier, healthier and more stable in Uganda

    To better understand the impact of the REALISE project, ECLT asked over 300 people from our project communities what changed for them. See what they said in this video.

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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


    were sent to school and benifited from vocational training

  • 455k


    were reached through awarness-raising activities

  • 400+


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

  • 40k


    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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