LCC To Host Two-Day Training Workshop -On Remediating Risk Of Child Labor, Partners With Int’l NGOs

Mr. J. Wendell Addy, President of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce

The Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) in collaboration with two international NGOs, the Verite’ and Winrock Intentional is expected to conduct a two-day workshop on identifying and reducing risk of child labor in commercial enterprises beginning January 23rd thru the 24th, 2019 at the head office of the Chamber on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

According to a press release from the LCC, this workshop is being offered free of charge, and is in response to increasing pressure faced by companies to ensure that they are operating ethically and sustainably.

This workshop, the first of its kind to be offered by the LCC and its partners will help participants to better understand definition and legal framework on child labor and safe youth empowerment, provide tools to help business identify where they have risk of child labor in their supply chain.

The press release signed by the President of the LCC, Mr. J. Wendell Addy, presents methods and tools for reducing risk of child labor including: Supply chain mapping, Model anti-child labor policies, Age-verification in recruitment and selection, Complaints process and methods for investigating complaints, and model codes of conduct and supplier/contractor agreement on child labor.

The LCC release further said, this training is particularly relevant for those who work for companies operating in sectors with high risk of child labor in Liberia (Including agriculture and fishing, mining and quarrying, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism).

“This workshop will highly be relevant to those companies who sub-contract work or source products, materials or services from suppliers, the release further indicated that this training will help companies reduce their exposure to legal challenges and reputational damage that could potentially occur if the business is associated with child labor, and most importantly will provide guidance to ensure that companies are operating in ways that enhance society,” the release concluded.

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