26 Feb 2018
When the International Labour Organisation (ILO) member states gather in Geneva, at the 332nd Session of the Governing Body, this March 2018, they have a unique opportunity to finally eliminate any undue influence of the tobacco industry over child labour-related policies.
To achieve this outcome, they should vote to:
- Stop accepting money from the tobacco industry and tobacco industry funded organisations.
- Find alternative and additional funding to address once and for all the root causes of child labour and the conditions that keep tobacco farm workers in poverty.
An ILO integrated strategy to address decent work deficits in the tobacco sector risks being undermined by indirect or direct tobacco industry funding , which exposes the ILO to undue influence. The ILO can end child labour in tobacco growing without taking tobacco industry money.
With the World Health Organization campaigning vigorously to raise awareness about deadly tobacco products, the ILO is the only UN agency that still accepts money from an industry whose products kill 7 million people each year.
A vote to stop taking money from the tobacco industry and tobacco industry funded organisations will ensure that the ILO can effectively help protect tobacco growing communities from unacceptable forms of work. A vote to find alternative and additional funding to address decent work deficits in the tobacco sector will help lift a greater number of tobacco farmers out of poverty.