List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor (ILAB)
- United States Department of Labor
The International Bureau of Labor Affairs (ILAB) produces a list of goods and their source countries which it has reason to believe are produced by child labour or forced labour in violation of international standards.
This is required under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2005 and subsequent reauthorizations. As of September 30, 2016, the List of Goods Produced by Child Labour or Forced Labour comprises 139 goods from 75 countries. ILAB maintains the List primarily to raise public awareness about forced labour and child labour around the world and to promote efforts to combat them; it is not intended to be punitive, but rather to serve as a catalyst for more strategic and focused coordination and collaboration among those working to address these problems.
In addition ILAB produces:
- The ‘Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor’ which focuses on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement mechanisms, policies and social programs. The Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) has published the findings each year since 2002, as mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000 (TDA). The latest version was published in 2018.
- A ‘List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor’. ILAB maintains a list of products and their source countries which it has a reasonable basis to believe are produced by forced or indentured child labor, pursuant to Executive Order 13126. The latest version was published in 2018.
US Department of Labor List of Goods Produced by Child Labour or Forced Labour 2020. September 2020.
In 2020, ILAB has added fish from China and Taiwan to the list for reports of adults forced to work in the production of fish on their Distant Water Fleets. The 2020 edition shows fish caught outside of territorial waters will be listed by the country that has flagged that vessel. This is the first time a country has been added to the list for flagging DWF fleets using forced labour.
Significance for seafood businesses:
This is one of the main reports that are published on an annual basis which monitor human rights abuses. This will help buyers assess their supply chain and make an informed judgement on the risks they face when sourcing seafood.
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