GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, July 25, 2023 – Sucafina is pleased to announce that it has joined the International Labour Organization’s Child Labour Platform (ILO CLP). The platform brings together businesses, governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to share knowledge and best practices and coordinate collective action to eliminate child labor, particularly in supply chains and neighboring communities.
Joining the Child Labour Platform is an important step toward strengthening Sucafina’s efforts to identify child labor risks in our supply chain. As a member, we will benefit from the expertise and knowledge of the ILO and make a greater impact by coordinating efforts and resources and collaborating on projects to tackle child labor,” says Catherine Rehbinder, Global CSR Manager at Sucafina.
Respecting and promoting human rights is one of the main goals of Sucafina’s sustainability strategy and its responsible sourcing program, IMPACT. Sucafina has been working to reinforce and expand its human rights policies and develop a robust human rights due diligence approach. Membership of the Child Labour Platform strengthens Sucafina’s commitment to assessing, preventing, and remediating this critical issue in the supply chain.
The Child Labour Platform currently has 24 member companies, including major multinationals in the food and beverage, clothing, construction materials, luxury goods, and tech sectors. The platform runs a number of programs and working groups in countries where collaborations with NGOs and governments are already established. These include some of Sucafina’s origin countries, such as India, Ivory Coast, Uganda, and Vietnam.
“Addressing human rights issues, including those concerning the rights of children, is one of the biggest and most complex challenges facing the coffee industry today. It requires constant effort, a commitment to continuous learning, and cooperation among different stakeholders. Joining the ILO Child Labour Platform gives Sucafina the opportunity to partner with others to make real progress in tackling the root causes of child labor,” says Justin Archer, Head of Sustainability at Sucafina.
Sucafina is the leading sustainable Farm to Roaster coffee company, with a family tradition in commodities that stretches back to 1905. Today, with more than 1,400 employees in 36 countries, we help stakeholders worldwide to find the perfect coffee solutions. We embed technology, innovation, and sustainability throughout the supply chain, creating shared value for all by Investing in Farmers, Caring for People, and Protecting Our Planet. For more information, visit www.sucafina.com.