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General / Thematic: Business and Human Rights: The Limits of the Law

Changing Approaches to Child Labour in Global Supply Chains: Exploring the Influence of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights


Martijn Boersma

Child labour remains a scourge in the modern world. The International Labour Organisation (‘ILO’) estimates there are 168 million child labourers globally, 85 million of which are involved in work that endangers their health, safety and development.[1] Because of the rise of global supply chains as the dominant mode of production and provision of services in the contemporary era, the use of child labour has become intricately connected to companies and consumers around the globe.

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(2017) 40(3) UNSWLJ 1249:

  1. International Labour Office, Marking Progress against Child Labour: Global Estimates and Trends 2000–2012 (International Labour Organisation, 2013) vii <>.