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    Putting an End to Child Labor in Supply Chains

    12 June 2016 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor on Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    A remarkable story emerged from Berlin recently when five children ages 10 to 11 approached high end fashion outlets asking for a job, saying they were willing to work long hours for low pay. Not surprisingly, they were rejected and told they were far too young to be employed – that it would be “child labor.” The film of their experiment highlights the double standards which allow young children in some parts of the world to work long hours for low pay in harsh conditions – conditions which retailers and consumers wouldn’t accept in their own countries.

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