Edmund Rice Centre Fair Trade Research

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Progress and Challenges in the International Fight Against Child Labour in the Soccer Industry

After more than a decade of international action on the issue of child labour, millions of children around the world are still employed in conditions which violate their basic human rights. Whilst great improvements have been seen due to a number of organisations and agreements, the soccer ball industry is no exception. Child labour still exists because the social and economic issues which are the root of the problem still exist. Therefore, child labour cannot be eliminated without a holistic commitment to the elimination of poverty, discrimination, the improvement of protection for labour rights, and the establishment of accessible health care and education.

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