Through this charter, stakeholders and members of the Eco-Desirable Charter make every effort possible to eradicate illegal employment of children and work to improve working conditions for workers.
Members must comply fully with the rules of the code of behavior outlined below.
It includes, among others, specific references to prohibit illegal child labor and improve working conditions for young people and workers in general.
All members, their subsidiaries or subcontractors must comply with national legislation of the countries where they manufacture, or are making their products and deliver their services.
Specific requirements of child labor - Definition:
According to Article 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the term child " means every human being below the age of 18.
Under the Convention No. C138 of the ILO*, art. 2.3, the minimum age for working is 15 years. The only exception to this rule is for countries that meet the art. 2.4. of the same Convention, which stipulates that the minimum age of 14 years may be accepted. When a country sets a higher minimum age, that age becomes the highest standard.
Regarding adolescents (aged 15-18 years), it should be based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ,
art. 32, § 1: Every child has "the right to be protected against economic exploitation and from performing any work that is hazardous or to interfere with education or endanger their health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development ".
Members must attach particular importance to adolescents aged from15 to18:
In countries where compulsory education is required, they cannot work during school hours,
The total duration of class time and work, and the journeys, cannot exceed 10 hours per day,
They cannot work in hazardous working conditions, insecurity, unhealthy or excessive conditions,
The workplace must be adequate in matters of safety and ergonomics,
Workers aged under 18 years cannot work more than 48 hours per week.
* International Labour Organisation
Applications and Controls:
The Charter is open to all members, provided they buy, they produce or deliver products or services.
This Charter applies to all groups and types of products and all types of services.
All members shall ensure that the behavior code is known by their subcontractors and is complying with all their production companies and in all places of service and agree to admit unconditionally.
Independent control agencies can be authorized and mandated to verify full compliance of this behavior code and legal clauses in total impartiality.
These control agencies are specialized in social audits and employ staffs who know the language, laws and culture. They perform their task and knowingly.
Always be realist and take into account the context in which it is located and which is the delicate balance between economic reality, social, the "feasibility" of technical alternatives and consumer habits.
By stimulating specific initiatives and continuing this policy contributes to the reduction of child labor and improve general working conditions of all workers.
More attention of members and a change in consumption habits will lead to tangible and significant results.
In recent years, leaders, members and adherents to consumers Eco-Desirable Chart find that they have contributed to improving the human condition, preservation of the planet and develop a more pleasant and healthier environment.
The use of the label and logo Eco-Desirable is voluntarily requested by interested companies.
By their requirement level, criteria guarantee the selectivity of the label.
The award of the label and logo Eco-Desire is always based on information
and guarantees the member about its products, its methods of manufacturing and distribution. Officials of the Eco-Desirable Charter are attentive to all these criteria, but the producer is the one and only responsible for the accuracy of completeness of the information it communicates via non-Eco-Desirable label.This Charter is not a static code of conduct. It is and will be continuously confronted with the facts and if necessary modified and improved.