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EU Urged To Draft Law On Child Labour, Coffee And Cocoa Deforestation

Published on Jul 12 2018 12:30 PM in Supply Chain tagged: Trending Posts / cocoa / European Union / deforestation / Paywall

EU Urged To Draft Law On Child Labour, Coffee And Cocoa Deforestation

The European Union must set mandatory rules to tackle child labour and deforestation in the cocoa and coffee sectors, after years of voluntary action has failed to spur widespread change, stakeholders and policymakers said on Wednesday.

As a top importer of cocoa and coffee, the bloc must take firmer action to tackle child labour and forest degradation in these supply chains, speakers told a European Parliament hearing on the issue.

Child Labour Law

In 2012, the European Parliament adopted a resolution urging the European Commission to explore legislative measures to tackle child labour in cocoa. However, the Commission ultimately did not move to draft a law addressing the issue.

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