To carry out this commitment, the Global March Against Child Labour will carry out a 5-step process:
1. Bring together stakeholders involved in the debate over child labor within the garment industry and engage in dialogue to achieve a constructive way forward in improving auditing procedures.
2. Develop a proposed skeleton garment industry auditing framework that will account for the entire supply chain. The proposed skeleton framework will be used as basis upon which terms of engagement between stakeholders can be agreed and discussions into auditing procedures can begin.
3. Pursue the development of effective auditing procedures for the entire supply chain.
4. Use the experience as a model among other corporate supply chains and civil society organizations through regular informal sharing and periodical consultations and workshops.
5. Identify source areas of child labor within supply chains; organize civic education sensitization campaigns to stop recruitment and trafficking of children; and facilitate reintegration and rehabilitation of children withdrawn from supply chain labor.
There are an estimated 60 million child laborers currently working in illegal and exploitative conditions in India, and many of these children are believed to be working in the informal sector of the garment industry. Many European and North American branded clothing companies outsource the production of their garments to manufacturing companies in India. The auditors to prevent child labor are not always effective due to inappropriate purchasing practices, poor quality auditing, inconsistent corrective action plans, and 'audit fraud.' Improving the auditing practices are critical to eliminating child labor and there exists a clear need to address the issue through replacing child laborers with adult workers. The commitment, which will be developed via lessons learned through RugMark, an organization started by Kailash Satyarthi in 1994. Rugmark was formally established by a coalition of nongovernmental organizations, businesses, government entities, and multilateral groups, which has been recognized all over the world as a sustainable and innovative idea to ensure that carpet looms are monitored regularly by inspectors that are trained and supervised.
SEEKING: financial assistance, media and marketing opportunities. Meeting stakeholders and training the NGOs on the issue of child labor elimination would require finances to travel and establish flow of communication. This is a innovative project so Global March would require help in popularizing it in the market to maximize awareness of the initiative and brand it as good practice in CSR.
OFFERING: implementing partnership, best practice information.