The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

It is time for UN agencies to quit ‘Big Tobacco’

Claims made by Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT) – a group funded and controlled by transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) – in its online release, dated 30 October 2017, should not distract from the fact that the International Labour Organization (ILO) through its current partnership with ECLT and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) stands in contrast with international standards codified in the World Health Organization Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Over 180 non-governmental organizations including Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) have called on the ILO to finally align itself with the UN Interagency Taskforce (UNIATF) on Non-Communicable diseases model policy and stop all cooperation with 'Big Tobacco'.

FCA would like to point out in the documents below that ECLT conducts Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities on behalf of ‘Big Tobacco’, over-promoting its activities and seeking to sidestep exploitation at the farm level.[1]After 17 years of funding from TTCs, the tobacco companies that fund it have made ECLT a hallmark of their sustainability reporting; though it has had little impact on the prevalence of child labor in the countries in which it operates.[2] There is wide recognition that poverty among tobacco farmers is a driver of child labor. ECLT allows TTCs to invest a relatively small amount of money in social programs that work to address some of the symptoms of that poverty while ignoring their role in perpetuating it.

  • Policy Brief: ILO should end Cooperation with Tobacco Industry (EN, FR, ES)
  • Policy Brief: Reference and Bibliography List (EN)
  • Tobacco and Allied Workers Union of Malawi Letter to ILO (EN)


[1]Otanez MG, Muggli ME, Hurt RD, Glantz SA. Eliminating child labour in Malawi: a British American Tobacco corporate responsibility project to sidestep tobacco labour exploitation. Tob Control. 2006;15(3):224-230.doi:10.1136/tc.2005.014993

[2]17Marty Otanez and Stanton Glantz. Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production? Tobacco Companies’ use of Green Supply Chains to Obscure the Real Costs of Tobacco Farming. Tob Control. 2011 Nov;20(6).403-411.


Share This