Boys and girls at SCHOOL not at HARVEST
Why is 12 June the World Day against Child Labor?
June 12 is the World Day against Child Labor, an initiative launched by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2002 to raise awareness about the scale of the problem and organize efforts to address the impact of child labor.
Child labor is a complex, multi-causal issue that needs everyone’s commitment.
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What do we specifically do in our sector to prevent child labor?
1- We design, create and implement a National Social Compliance System – SCS focused on the prevention of child labor and the promotion of education to comply with the current regulations and go beyond by supporting rural communities.
In 2021, 11 farms in the three production areas of the country were certified for the first time after an external audit.
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2- We help provide access to quality education through our community services that contribute to the support of programs and non-formal education for children from 1 to 4 years of age in the Child Care Centers and for teenagers from 10 to 17 years of age through the Youth Spots (puntos jovenes).
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3- We carry out awareness and communication campaigns and training workshops for the entire value chain in order to contribute to decent work.
Our commitment is to communities, families, workers and especially children and adolescents.
“We feel that no successful companies exist in societies that do not develop and there lies our commitment for everyone’s growth, based on quality education to achieve harmonious, long lasting and sustainable growth”.
Child labor interferes with the process.
We work to replicate this model of service and assistance for rural workers in different locations and provinces and extend it to other crops so that it can operate all year round and thus achieve a greater degree of belonging and social impact each year.
However, this is not an easy task.
Therefore, we designed our National Social Strategy under the concept of associated management, as we understand that we are all part of the problem and thus we must all be part of the solution. We have established partnerships with civil society organizations, trade unions and different levels of government to address our commitment in a collective manner.
Multi-stakeholder articulation is the basis that supports our work over time and this is thanks to the commitment of:
- The National Ministry of Labor under its National Good Harvest Program
- DyA Foundation
- Secretariat of Labor and Employment
In addition, the sector, through ABC, has been part of the Enterprise Network against Child Labor (https://www.argentina.gob.ar/trabajo/infantil/red-de-empresas-contra-el-trabajo-infantil) since December 2016 as an active member and since 2019 as a member of the Board of Directors. Participation in this Network is one of the priorities of our administration: it is an essential space to learn together with the companies, exchange experience, share challenges and show the progress we achieve year after year in the sector. It is through its Regional Offices that APRATUC, APAMA, CAPAB work actively with COPRETI in Tucumán, Entre Ríos and Buenos Aires respectively.
Together we can protect CHILDREN and create social value.
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