The U.S. Department of Labor’s annual report on the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor assesses progress made in the global fight against child labor. The launch webinar took place on 29 September 2021, including insights from Thea Lee (USDOL), Marty J. Walsh (USDOL) and Rosa DeLauro (Congresswoman).

During this event, speakers highlighted the government’s commitment towards the eradication of child labour and the importance for US trade policies to raise labour standards. The role of workers’ unions as well as wages of adult workers was highlighted. The US Department of Labor’s research and capacity building capacities were mentioned as a means of supporting the fight against child and labour. In this context, ILAB has just launched a Compliance and Accountability Resource tool, indicating which products imported into the US have a higher risk of child and forced labour.

As in previous years, the 2020 report includes country specific summaries for Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

ICI briefing USDOL

ICI briefing: USDOL findings on the worst forms of child labour 2020