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In spite of examples of good practices and project outcomes in various countries and in relation to sporting goods production, the problem of child labour within this sector, including in football-stitching, remains a major concern to Global March. If we are to give meaning to the implementation of Roadmap 2016 and to respond to the call of the ILO to accelerate progress towards 2016 and beyond, then immediate and decisive action must be taken by all stakeholders. Global March, therefore, has developed a series of actions that should be taken by different stakeholder groups in order to move the child labour agenda forward.

We would urge all our members and partners where possible to include links from their web pages to the Global March campaign so that it can be promoted as widely as possible. In addition, if other organisations which have also developed campaigning activities and materials around the 2010 World Cup would like to establish reciprocal web links, then please let us know through info@globalmarch.org.

Please also send us information and materials relating to your actions around the 2010 World Cup, including photographs where possible, so that we can follow up with you all and hopefully develop further campaign reports and materials. Please send whatever you would like to info@globalmarch.org.



In terms of football stitching and the manufacture of football sporting equipment and apparel, Global March urges FIFA to revisit the positive outcomes of its project activities in Sialkot, Pakistan, and elsewhere and to build on good practices and lessons learned to promote child labour elimination and prevention among its licensed suppliers and to its wider network of commercial and other partners. Child labour remains a problem within the industry and it is only through concerted, coherent and joint efforts that it will ultimately be eliminated and prevented in future.

In this respect, Global March calls on FIFA to:

 Collaborate with Global March to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the current situation of the football-stitching industry in Sialkot, following the end of the project there, to assess the ongoing work of IMAC and the manufacturing units in and around the district, as well as the situation in football-stitching communities and the provision of vital services, including education and social protection.

 Collaborate with Global March to discuss similar monitoring and compliance initiatives in the football-stitching industry in India and elsewhere, involving key stakeholders, partners and communities, including state labour inspection systems, following a similar approach to that established by the Atlanta Agreement.

 Collaborate with Global March to assess the final impact of the 1997 Atlanta Agreement to assist in the development of appropriate capacity-building and related tools and mechanisms to inform other sectoral-based multi-stakeholder initiatives.

 Enter into discussions with Global March to work towards a football-stitching industry free of child labour worldwide, setting a timeframe to achieve this goal.

 Bring its high profile and global influence to bear on business sectors related to the sport of football, as well as its partners, national associations, players and their associations and others to mobilise strong support for child labour elimination and prevention and act as a global ambassador for the worldwide movement.

 Enter into discussions with Global March to develop a child labour action plan towards the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Brazil has been a leader in efforts to eliminate and prevent child labour and is now using its immense experience and expertise through South-South cooperation to guide and support other countries in tackling this issue. It will also be the venue for the 2013 follow-up Global Conference on Child Labour. In this respect, setting a theme on elimination of child labour around the 2014 World Cup would provide a major boost to the implementation of Roadmap 2016 and discussions should get under away now.

 Acknowledge that child labour in football-stitching must be tackled within the broader context of core labour standards and decent work, child labour generally and the lack of access to good quality education opportunities for marginalised and hardest-to-reach groups. The 1Goalcampaign offers significant opportunities to ensure that Education For All benefits all children, particularly the hardest-to-reach which are mainly child labourers. Child labour must be explicitly integrated into efforts to ensure that the remaining 72 million children still not benefiting from a primary education are identified and supported in attending and staying in school.

 Collaborate with the Global March, its members and partners to ensure access to recreational and competitive sport for marginalised and hardest-to-reach groups, particularly child labourers and at-risk children, so that they may enjoy these vital healthy and social aspects of childhood and adolescence and grow and develop.

The World Cup and the professional sport of football generate massive revenues globally. It is the most popular sport in the world. While acknowledging that FIFA already invests  in strengthening the regional and national structures of the sport, including through social responsibility programmes such as 1Goal, it is important to acknowledge that efforts to tackle child labour have not benefited to the same extent as other development priorities, particularly those related to the MDGs, in terms of resource support from the international community. And yet, with additional and more strategically targeted funding, progress to tackle the issue could be accelerated and strengthened.

On the eve of the 2010 World Cup, therefore, Global March hereby issues an invitation to FIFA and its partners to join it in a process of discussions  on support from the world of football to establish a coherent plan of action to contribute to the implementation of Roadmap 2016. We hope that these discussions can get under way as soon as the last ball is kicked in the World Cup Final in South Africa!


For multinational brands, manufacturing and retail companies

Global March emphasises the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach in tackling child labour in the football-stitching and sports goods industries as was embodied in the Atlanta Agreement. Crucial lessons have been learned from the implementation of this agreement which would ensure that future initiatives would be stronger, more coherent and sustainable.

In this respect, Global March calls on all business entities involved in these sectors to:

 Respect and fully implement all core labour standards throughout the supply chains related to its business.

 Support comprehensive mapping of supply chains to ensure that all activities – in the formal or informal sector – related to the production of its goods are identified, shared with partners, can be appropriately monitored and that core labour standards can be applied and enforced.

 Work with manufacturers in the countries concerned to assist them in implementing core labour standards, to ensure that decent work principles are respected, and to acknowledge and accept that respecting core labour standards has an upward impact on production costs. It is vital in improving labour standards that the application of these does not lead to business negotiations which see production choices being moved around the world at the expense of decent work. This requires a global application of core labour standards and a commitment on behalf of the business community to this process which is the only way in which child labour will be sustainably eliminated and prevented.

 Ensure the establishment of sustainable monitoring mechanisms through collaboration with state labour inspection systems.

 Provide financial and technical support in efforts to eliminate and prevent child labour in the football-stitching and sports goods manufacturing sectors and to work with all stakeholders in this vital endeavour.

 Ensure that national and multinational retailers contribute to the elimination of child labour in football-stitching and sports goods manufacturing through the development, application and enforcement of comprehensive codes of conduct for suppliers, built on core labour standards and decent work principles, and provide support to suppliers in fulfilling criteria outlined in these codes.

 Collaborate with Global March and its partners in the worldwide movement against child labour in all efforts to eliminate and prevent child labour in the relevant industries and in support for the implementation of Roadmap 2016.


For governments

Governments and their departments have vital roles to play in the area of workplace and supply chain monitoring, provision of education and social protection, community development and protection of women and children, particularly in terms of trafficking of persons.

In this respect, Global March calls on all governments to:

 Fully endorse the terms of Roadmap 2016 and work with the social partners, civil society and the general public to immediately implement the Roadmap and National Action Plans to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labour and allocate adequate resources to this endeavour.

 Support efforts to develop and strengthen monitoring of supply chains relevant to football-stitching and sports goods manufacturing, especially as regards capacity-building and development of effective state labour inspection systems, and also in terms of identifying child labourers, ensuring their withdrawal from workplaces and their entry into a comprehensive remediation programme, including access to good quality, free public education and social protection.

 Collaborate with Global March and its members to develop and strengthen the implementation of National Action Plans on child labour and ensure coherence between policies and programmes aimed at child protection and education.

 Ensure the comprehensive implementation and enforcement of the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the Palermo Protocol and to step up efforts to combat trafficking in persons, especially the trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation or labour.

In addition, Global March calls on the international community to acknowledge the resource challenges facing the worldwide movement against child labour and, therefore, the effective implementation of and follow-up to Roadmap 2016. Global March, therefore, takes this opportunity to remind all ILO member States, particularly the industrialised nations, of the terms of Article 8 of ILO Convention No. 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour and, therefore, of their responsibilities:

“Members shall take appropriate steps to assist one another in giving effect to the provisions of this Convention through enhanced international cooperation and/or assistance including support for social and economic development, poverty eradication programmes and universal education.”

Furthermore, Global March calls on the IBSA nations (India, Brazil and South Africa) to play a leading role in efforts to support World Cup-related activities against child labour. South Africa is the 2010 host of the World Cup and Brazil will be in 2014 and India is a major sourcing hub for hand-stitched footballs and sports goods apparel. The links between them around this event are particularly strong.


For the International Labour Organization

The Roadmap 2016 reinforces the key role of the ILO as the lead UN agency in efforts to eliminate and prevent child labour. The ILO also has significant experience and expertise in the field of workplace inspection systems, including on child labour, in particular from the project activity in Sialkot from the time of the Atlanta Agreement. In addition, it has produced comprehensive resource kits on tackling trafficking in children that would be vital tools for different stakeholders involved in this work.

In this respect, Global March calls on the ILO to:

 Develop and disseminate comprehensive capacity-building and good practice tools based on the Sialkot project to support further initiatives in other countries around football-stitching and sports goods manufacturing.

 Collaborate with Global March in revisiting previous proposals to develop a district-wide, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder Sialkot Initiative which would aim at building on the projects in the football-stitching and surgical instruments sectors and working towards eliminating and preventing child labour across the district within a broader framework of implementing core labour standards and building capacities of all partners. This would lead to the development of a child labour free district model for adaptation and replication.

 Collaborate with Global March and other partners, particularly trade unions, in working to ensure that effective systems are in place to combat child labour in supply chains and in mobilising resources to financially and technically support these efforts.

 Collaborate with the Global March to strengthen the worldwide movement against child labour through financial and technical support to underpin efforts to tackle child labour in football-stitching and other sports goods manufacturing, in child trafficking and more widely in the context of Roadmap 2016.

 Involve the Global March, its members and partners in the promotion, implementation and follow-up of its football resource kit developed with the support of FIFA to bring recreational and competitive sport into the lives of child labourers and at-risk children to enable them to benefit from vital healthy and social aspects of childhood and adolescent development.


For society in general

Raising awareness and mobilising society are crucial elements in the global effort to eliminate and prevent child labour.

In this respect, Global March calls on society in general to:

 Act responsibly and be aware as ethical consumers of football-related products before, during and after the 2010 World Cup regarding the origins of products and ask questions on the conditions under which they have been made. A number of products carry certification marks that indicate whether goods have been made according to certain minimum standards. It is only through ongoing consumer pressure and demand for ethically-made products that follow strict minimum standards that will ensure that retailers play their part in supply chain efforts to eliminate and prevent child labour. This principle should be followed in all countries around the world.

 Lobby FIFA, regional and national football associations and football clubs to call for the implementation of appropriate codes of conduct in all licensing activities and to publicly support respect for core labour standards, particularly child labour elimination and prevention. This  support should be shown in tangible and practical ways, including through financial support of relevant programmes and technical and promotional support for football activities with marginalised and hard-to-reach groups, including child labourers and at-risk children.

 Lobby multinational and national companies to develop and implement corporate social responsibility programmes, mapping out the full scope of supply chains and ensuring the application and enforcement of core labour standards, particularly the elimination and prevention of child labour.

 Lobby local and national politicians and government bodies to ensure that governments implement National Action Plans on child labour; implement Roadmap 2016; provide adequate national resources to programmes on child labour and the provision of education for all and other child protection activities; identify hard-to-reach children and ensure their access to good quality, free education services; where relevant, provide international aid for child labour programmes; ensure coherence between relevant policies and programmes dealing with child labour, child protection, social protection, education and other related issues; and ensure access of marginalised and hard-to-reach children to recreational and competitive sport in schools and communities.

 Provide all support to authorities in identifying and reporting situations of trafficking of persons, particularly children, and act responsibly and decisively in helping to eliminate this crime worldwide.