If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – don’t fret! We’ll keep you in the know!
With this glossary we’ll guide you through the common technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
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Child labour refers to work that is harmful to a child’s health and wellbeing, and/or interferes with their education, leisure and development. As the International Labour Organisation (ILO) states, not all work done by children should be classified as child labour that is to be targeted for elimination. Activities such as helping their parents around the home and/or assisting on the family farm can contribute to children’s development, and are permitted – as long as the work is non-hazardous or exploitative, occurs outside school hours / during school holidays, and does not interfere in the child’s schooling.
The ILO defines a child as anyone under the age of 18, and uses three categories to define child labour, namely:
The Fairtrade Standards reference ILO Conventions on child labour and include several detailed requirements.