Child labour risks in the minerals supply chain


International law and policy on child labour is premised upon the belief that each child has inherent dignity and worth as a human being. A global priority is to eliminate without delay the worst forms of child labour as defined by Article 3 of ILO Convention No. 182.

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance identifies the worst forms of child labour as a serious human rights abuse associated with the extraction, transport or trade of minerals that companies should not tolerate, profit from, contribute to, assist with or facilitate in the course of doing business. Although the Guidance recommends that companies implement a supply chain due diligence risk framework in order to respect human rights, there is little detail available on how companies can conduct due diligence of the child labour-related risks.

In this context, the OECD is developing Practical actions for companies to identify and address the worst forms of child labour in the minerals supply chain (français). These draft Practical Actions do not represent new or additional recommendations to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance but explain in simple terms expectations already set out in the Guidance. The current draft will further benefit from input from companies, industry associations, local and international civil society, child rights experts and government stakeholders active in minerals supply chain. 

The Practical Actions are part of the work the OECD undertakes to create practical sectoral applications for the recommendations found in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.



The draft text was made available for public comment between 15 June and 15 July 2016. The public consultation is now closed.



Draft Practical Actions Englishfrançais

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour


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