Tobacco Industry and Child Labor

Posted on May 19, 2021

June 15, 2021 (new date) | 1:00 PM GMT (8 PM Bangkok | 3 PM Geneva | 9 AM New York | 10 AM São Paulo | 3 PM Johannesburg)

Available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Simultaneous livestream (in English) on the GGTC Facebook page.


Child labor in tobacco growing is a long-standing problem that has been the subject of tobacco industry’s whitewashing. In many cases, tobacco companies' so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts are rewarded with recognition, allowing an increased rating and investment in their stocks… all at the expense of the people and the planet that continues to suffer from tobacco harms. The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has provided clear approaches to eliminating child labor through Articles 17/18 as well as Article 5.3. Policies to remove tobacco industry interference in tobacco growing and production, which includes de-normalizing so-called CSR of tobacco companies, would increase government protection for farmers and child laborers and release them from the clutches of tobacco industry manipulation.


Organized by the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, a partner in STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog

*More speakers to be announced in the coming days

VIDEOS
GGTC Materials

Tobacco Industry and Child Labor Webinar (June 15, 2021)

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, a partner in STOP

Child labor in tobacco growing is a long-standing problem that has been the subject of tobacco industry’s whitewashing. In many cases, tobacco companies' so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts are rewarded with recognition, allowing an increased rating and investment in their stocks… all at the expense of the people and the planet that continues to suffer from tobacco harms. The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has provided clear approaches to eliminating child labor through Articles 17/18 as well as Article 5.3. Policies to remove tobacco industry interference in tobacco growing and production, which includes de-normalizing so-called CSR of tobacco companies, would increase government protection for farmers and child laborers and release them from the clutches of tobacco industry manipulation.

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GGTC Materials

Tobacco Industry and Child Labor Explainer Video

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, a partner in STOP

Tobacco companies’ public relations strategy on child labor paints a rosy picture of the industry to boost business ratings – all at the expense of poor people and the planet that continues to suffer from tobacco harms. Disclaimer – The following advocacy groups contributed in this video by sending photographs: 1. ACT Promoção da Saúde, Brazil 2. TOFAZA, Zambia 3. UBINIG, Bangladesh To ensure the privacy of children, the images were not identified using full names or any personal identifying information.

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GGTC Materials

ESG Reports and the Tobacco Industry

Dr. Bronwyn King, Tobacco Free Portfolios

Dr. Bronwyn King (Tobacco-Free Portfolios) describes tobacco industry tactics in its ESG reporting to better their reputation.

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GGTC Materials

Child Labor and Human Rights

Margaret Wurth, Human Rights Watch

Margaret Wurth (Human Rights Watch) describes the health harms children working in tobacco farming experience.

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RESOURCES

Tobacco Industry: Hindrance to the Elimination of Child Labour

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), a partner of STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog

A fact sheet highlighting the links between the tobacco industry and child labor as well as the industry's interference in efforts to eliminate child labor.

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L'industrie du tabac: Un obstacle à l'élimination du travail des enfants

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), a partner of STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog

Une fiche d'information soulignant les liens entre l'industrie du tabac et le travail des enfants ainsi que l'ingérence de l'industrie dans les efforts visant à éliminer le travail des enfants.

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La industria del tabaco: Un obstáculo a la eliminación del trabajo infantil

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), a partner of STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog

Una ficha informativa que destaca los vínculos entre la industria del tabaco y el trabajo infantil, así como la interferencia de la industria en los esfuerzos para eliminar el trabajo infantil.

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The ECLT Foundation: A Tobacco-industry Front Organization

Pascal Diethelm, OxySuisse

A presentation detailing Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-Growing (ECLT) Foundation's connections with tobacco corporations (PMI, BAT, Imperial Brands, JTI) and leaf companies (Universal Leaf, Alliance One) making it a PR tool of the industry.

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More Resources - Tobacco Industry and Child Labor Webinar

Deborah Sy, GGTC

Important resources related to exposing tobacco industry's links to child labor.

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WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub for Articles 17 and 18

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WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3