New Video: GoodWeave and the Fund Against Child Labor support Dutch companies

July 8, 2022

The Fund Against Child Labor (FBK), part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), recently launched a new short film featuring GoodWeave and its work to stop child labor within a project funded by the agency.

Between September 2019 and June 2022, nonprofit organizations GoodWeave International and Fair Wear Foundation, and Dutch companies C&A and Zeeman implemented the project aimed at addressing child labor in outsourced apparel and textile supply chains in Northern India. The project supported FBK’s overall approach that emphasizes the importance of private companies’ commitment to investigate and mitigate child labor and root causes that may taint the products they sell. This is becoming more an obligation than a choice, given increasing legislation worldwide. Forced labor bans, as well as voluntary and mandatory due diligence regulations, such as the Dutch Child Labor Due Diligence law are becoming more commonplace. Projects funded by the FBK are good examples of multi-stakeholder, private-public partnerships, where private companies team-up with labor rights organizations and collaborate with suppliers in sourcing countries to conduct research and interventions that address child labor in their supply chains. GoodWeave is an FBK Ambassador, and in the film Silvia Mera, GoodWeave’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy discusses the organization’s experience working with FBK. She emphasizes why the work of the Fund is important, at a time when child labor is on the rise, and why strengthening capacity of Dutch companies to implement child labor due diligence is needed more than ever.