The US Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) has just launched it's ninth edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor in accordance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), as amended. This report lists goods and their source countries which ILAB has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards.
This year's list comprises 155 goods from 77 countries spanning all regions of the world. As always there are some additions and removals and the full list comprises 437 line items . Six new goods (gloves, rubber gloves, hair products, pome and stone fruits, sandstone, and tomato products) that were not previously included on the List are being added, as well as two new countries (Venezuela and Zimbabwe) and one new area (Taiwan). One line item and country is removed: cattle from Namibia.
The report includes also interesting charts and analyzes such as Goods with most child labor listings (gold, bricks, sugarcane, coffee, cotton etc) and with most forced labor listings by number of countries (bricks, cotton, garments, gold, sugarcane, cattle, fish).
The report is a valuable resource for organizations and companies engaging in risk assessments and due diligence on human rights in their supply chains.
The countries on the List span every region of the world. The most common agricultural goods listed are sugarcane, cotton, coffee, tobacco, cattle, rice, and fish. In the manufacturing sector, bricks, garments, textiles, footwear, carpets, and fireworks appear most frequently. In mined or quarried goods, gold, coal and diamonds are most common.