Child labor-free certification pushed

Posted on January 11, 2013

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has stepped up its campaign against employment of minors by offering incentives to businesses that get certified as “child labor-free establishments.”

The department last Dec. 5 approved guidelines for the certification program which were then published in a newspaper last Wednesday.

“The guidelines shall govern the procedure on the grant of Child Labor-Free Establishment/Zone Seal which aims to promote compliant and socially responsible business practices,” read the guidelines, signed by Labor Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz.

Businesses that get the seal will be entitled to incentives like certificate or marker of recognition as a child labor-free establishment zone, endorsement for participation of their employees in the department’s livelihood programs, guaranteed booths in job fairs and exhibits, slots for training courses of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, as well as exposure and promotion on DoLE’s Web site.

In order to obtain Child Labor-Free Establishment (CLFE) certification, a business should “maintain a company policy expressly prohibiting child labor which is displayed publicly” and not have a pending case with the department “on the use of child labor.”

An establishment should also be a holder of a Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards and should have a policy prohibiting child labor for its locators, suppliers and contractors of its locators in order to be qualified for the certificate.

“CLFE certificate serves as a badge of honor that gives assurance to brand owners and consumers that the products or services are not tainted with child labor,” DoLE’s guidelines read. -- KMPT