A global leader in eliminating child labour
Founded in 2000, the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-Growing (ECLT) Foundation is committed to pursuing collaborative solutions for children and their families that combat the root causes of child labour in tobacco-growing communities. The Foundation brings together the stakeholders of the tobacco supply chain, including its largest group, the growers, along with leaf suppliers and manufacturers, to leverage impact.
With the adoption of the Pledge of Commitment and Minimum Requirements on combatting child labour by 13 companies in 2014, ECLT continuously promotes and advances responsible business practices that are in line with international standards.
Aligning with international legal frameworks and standards
As a member of the UN Global Compact and a holder of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) special consultative status, the ECLT Foundation is committed to supporting and promoting international legal frameworks and standards, as well as contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
An International expertise
on global issues
Meet our team of experts committed to eliminating child labour.
Innocent is a Chartered Secretary with an MBA and MPhil, and in the final stages of a doctorate focusing on the tobacco value chain. Innocent has over 15 years' development experience, the last 10 years of which were dedicated to working as the Finance Director for Save the Children Norway and Zimbabwe. Innocent joined the ECLT Foundation in September 2010 as Senior Programme Manager.
Laura is a communications professional with a focus on children's rights. She joined the ECLT Foundation in 2015, after working for several years within the United Nations human rights system for Child Rights Connect and the UN OHCHR. Laura gained diverse experience in communications and marketing work before moving to Geneva, including for The New York Botanical Garden, Atlas Service Corps (Bogotá, Colombia) and The Atlantic Magazine (Washington, DC, USA). She holds a Master's degree in Global Communications and Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris and a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in Classics.
Stéphanie holds a Master's degree in NGO Management and International Development. She has lived in Argentina, France and Switzerland while working in international development and with a particular focus on children and children's issues. She joined the ECLT Foundation in February 2010 as Office Coordinator.
Karima has a diverse background in migration, development, humanitarian issues, and human rights. She lived and worked in Kazakhstan and Colombia before moving to Switzerland in 2007; and held positions at several UN agencies. Karima holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the Central European University (Budapest) and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Geneva. She joined the ECLT Foundation in October 2013.
Gosha is an administrative professional with several years' experience in non-profit organisations, focusing on secretariat management, governance support and human resources. Most recently she worked for Better Cotton Initiative in Geneva as Operations and HR Coordinator. Gosha holds a Master Degree in International Relations and Political Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Poland, as well as Secretarial Diploma from Pitman Training Centre in the UK and Certificate in Human Resources management obtained in Switzerland.
Nicholas joined the ECLT Foundation in March 2013 to develop and advance the areas of advocacy, national policy, research and dissemination of best practices for the prevention and withdrawal of children from child labour. Prior to joining the ECLT Foundation, Nicholas led a diverse portfolio of initiatives to strengthen outcomes for child and family wellbeing in the United States and abroad. Nicholas served as the Assistant Executive Director for the Durham Workforce Development Board; Senior Workforce Development Manager for the City of Durham, NC; and Hurricane Katrina Reintegration Specialist for the State of North Carolina. He worked extensively in the country of Armenia to promote child wellbeing by developing a coalition of stakeholders to further family support programmes and promote de-institutionalisation initiatives. Nicholas holds an MS degree in Organizational Management from the School for International Training Graduate Institute and a BA degree from Hamline University in Russian Studies and History.
Melanie holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and has specialised in humanitarian aid. With previous work experience in the UK, Germany, Belgium and offshore Libya, Melanie joined the ECLT Foundation through the Internship Programme in November 2017, focusing on field project assessment and advocacy.
Barbara Herentrey is a senior Human Resources Expert with more than 25 years of experience in complex matrix organisations of the finance and pharmaceutical industry. She managed successfully various Business and HR transformations. Together with her teams she builds HR strategies and processes that enable organizations to succeed and motivate employees to perform at their best. Barbara holds a master’s in Clinical and Occupational Psychology.
Irena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Diploma in French Studies from the Geneva University, as well as a graduate diploma from the Management Institute in Brussels. Irena has a diverse background, working in both private and public sectors. She has over 15 years of experience in complex environments, in marketing and sales positions in multinational companies, as well as in management of finance and office administration. She joined the ECLT Foundation in September 2013.
Cleo joined ECLT in July 2018, following two years working in Malaysia working with children whilst completing a MOOC in the Rights of the Child. Cleo holds a Bachelor’s in International Development and is enrolled in a Master’s in Advanced Child Protection at the University of Kent. Cleo has gained previous communications and advocacy experience within the United Nations human rights system at Child Rights Connect.
A sector-wide coalition
against child labour
The ECLT Foundation is a multi-stakeholder initiative bringing together the major actors of the tobacco supply chain, including growers, leaf suppliers and manufacturers.
Training the child labour leaders of tomorrow
The ECLT Foundation is a growing organisation that aims to strengthen its impact in addressing child labour.
Through our internship programme, we train young graduates to become future leaders in the elimination of child labour, and more broadly, to develop their skills and knowledge about business and human rights issues.