Comparative assessment of monitoring and remediation systems on child labour as implemented by Fairtrade small-scale producer organizations

Empirical study
Research report

Published December 2021 by Fairtrade International. Authored by Erb, P., McWilliam, C., Delfin, O. and Mueller, M.

Summary

This study compares two types of systems: Fairtrade International’s signature Youth-Inclusive Community-Based Monitoring and Remediation (YICBMR) system and Internal Control Systems (ICS) in four countries: Belize, Dominican Republic, Ghana and India. Both systems were compared on the six criteria established by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Relevance, Coherence, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. The report summarizes the participants' perspectives of and experiences with the two systems for each of the six criteria. While ICS was found to be effective at monitoring child labour on farms, YICBMR was seen as better at remediation, addressing wider risks, embedding child rights, building communities’ ownership of child welfare, and strengthening local and national child protection systems. Overall this results in YICBMR scoring best on most OECD criteria. The study raises questions with regard to financial sustainability and related efficiency in maintaining the YICBMR system, and highlights the need for everyone in the supply chain to play a role in supporting such systems.

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Comparative assessment of monitoring and remediation systems on child labour as implemented by Fairtrade small-scale producer organizations

Empirical study
Research report

Published December 2021 by Fairtrade International. Authored by Erb, P., McWilliam, C., Delfin, O. and Mueller, M.

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