German Minister Calls for EU Supply Chain Law

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze is pushing for an EU supply chain law to prevent child labour worldwide.

“Our consumption must no longer contribute to the exploitation of children in poorer countries,” the politician said on Saturday, one day ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour.

While a German supply chain law was an important step against child labour, what was required was a “strong EU supply chain law.”

“As the second largest economic area in the world, we in Europe bear responsibility for what our consumption does in other parts of the world,” the minister said.

More than 160 million children have to work – roughly every tenth child worldwide, Schulze pointed out. Around 79 million work under exploitative conditions, for example on plantations, in mines, in industry or are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

The driving factor is the increasing extreme poverty in many countries. This is exacerbated by global crises such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, armed conflicts, food insecurity and famine.

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German Development Minister Svenja Schulze is pushing for an EU supply chain law to prevent child labour worldwide.

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