The ILO Ends Contracts with Tobacco Companies

31 Oct 2019

Ottawa, October 31, 2019 – At its ongoing 337th Session, the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) reaffirmed its commitment to no longer rely on funding from tobacco companies and affiliated organisations.

The Governing Body of the ILO endorsed an integrated strategy to address decent work deficits in the tobacco sector, which will be implemented free from tobacco industry money.

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) congratulates the ILO for its efforts to end child labour in Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia; financed by voluntary contributions from multi- and bilateral aid for development cooperation, and /or ILO resources.

As members of civil society, we are encouraged by the ILO’s Decision to not renew contracts with the Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco Growing (ECLT) Foundation and with Japan Tobacco International (JTI) which expired in June and December 2018, respectively.

With the ILO moving forward to implement its integrated strategy to address decent work deficits in the tobacco sector, FCA remains steadfast in ensuring that the appropriate safeguards are in place, in line with the Model Policy for agencies of the United Nations system on preventing tobacco industry interference.

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Framework Convention Alliance works to rid this world from the devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco and tobacco use. With hundreds of non-government member organisations from over 100 countries, the Alliance grew out of civil society’s participation in the work that produced the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005, the first modern-day public health treaty. We are a leading advocate for including the FCTC and tobacco control in the international health and development framework, including the Sustainable Development Goals. The Alliance is an influential voice for civil society at the FCTC Conference of the Parties.

Contact: Mafoya Dossoumon, dossoumonm@fctc.org, Tel: +1 613 241 3927 x303

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