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 Colombia commemorates the world day against child labor 

 6/12/2015  Bogotá 

 

• As members of the Colombian Network Against Child Labor, CODENSA and EMGESA join the campaign to prevent and eradicate this practice in Colombia.

With the hashtag #SácaleLaLengua al Trabajo Infantil (#SayNo to Child Labor), the Colombian Network Against Child Labor, an initiative led by the Ministry of Labor and which CODENSA and EMGESA are a part of, implemented the World Day Against Child Labor campaign which is being commemorated today.

Starting today, 21 more companies, and three strategic allies will join this partnership, and which will sign their commitment to the Colombian Network Against Child Labor in an event at Compensar, which will be attended by representatives of the 14 companies currently making up the Network, including: Codensa-Emgesa, Aviatur, Asocaña, Asocolflores, Cafam, Compensar, Ecopetrol, Grupo Argos, Mineros S.A, Pacific Rubiales, Petro Combustion, Sator, Telefónica S.A and THX Energy; the CEOs or executives of strategic allies: ANDI, CREO, Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina; and representatives of the entities that support the initiative; International Labor Organization (ILO), Global Compact (an initiative of the United Nations) and the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF).

The Colombian Network seeks to be a regional benchmark for public-private partnerships on child labor prevention and eradication policies, which is demonstrated with concrete actions from the National Government's leadership together with unions and private companies to spread good practices and design strategies for preventing and progressively eradicating child labor in their supply chains as well as in the area of influence of their operations.

  FIGURES*:- In 2014, 52 thousand minors ceased working, a number that dropped from 9.7% to 9.3%.- The 9.3% of underage workers represents 1,039,000 girls and adolescents that were victims of this affliction last year.*Figures from the Ministry of Labor

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