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WHATWE DO

We understand that child labour is deeply rooted within a wider network of social issues. That is why it requires a systemic-thinking approach to achieve its short- and long-term resolution.

 

In line with this reality, we have a team dedicated to the following four approaches: 

supporting children's education and mobilising community engagement, advocacy, raising public awareness, and establishing socially-responsible supply chains.

 

CHILD RIGHTS PROTECTION PROGRAM

For our international program, we conduct 3-5 year projects in rural communities to withdraw all children from child labour and protect them from exploitation. We achieve this by supporting the children's education, improving their families' incomes and engaging and mobilizing the wider community to independently protect the rights of children and youth in their villages following completion of the project. We return to the communities regularly to conduct follow-up assessments.

Our SMILE Ghana community project withdraws  children from labour in cacao farms and supports their education, their family's income generation, & their community's sustainability.

We collaborate corporations and with the Ghanian government to establish a national framework of Child Labour Free Zones (CLFZs).

GHANA

Our PEACE India community project withdraws children from labour in the cotton fields and supports their education, their family's incomes and change their communities attitude towards child labour. We establish child labour monitoring and child rights protection forums, training local villagers to continue activities after project completion.

INDIA

Our main focuses are advocating to the government to introduce laws to ensure businesses adhere to human rights due-diligence in their global supply chains, as well as safeguarding against the exploitation of the rights of children and youth in Japan.

JAPAN

 

ADVOCACY PROGRAM

We conduct research on social issues that deprive children and young people of their rights, we disseminate the information with the general public and make policy recommendations to governments. In particular, we focus on advocacy for policy formulation and reform to achieve SDG 8.7, which includes the the elimination of child labour by 2025, both domestically and internationally.

INTERNATIONAL

We make policy recommendations at the global level through the participation in international networks and international conferences on child labour. We regularly present and participate at conferences  held by World Cocoa Foundation, CLCCG, Sustainable Brands & the Textiles  Exchange.

JAPAN

We make policy recommendations to the Japanese government via organizing seminars for parliamentarians, meetings with officials of relevant government ministries and agencies, and participating in numerous children's rights networks.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Check out our recent activities in our Japanese and International advocacy efforts.

 

AWARENESS PROGRAM

We cannot resolve the issue of child labour alone, as an individual person, organization or country. However, as individuals, we can work with others in Japan and across the globe, to eliminate one of the worst forms of social injustice. This requires us to expose and explain the exploitation of children hidden along the supply chain, and act as an amplifier of the voices of the most vulnerable across the globe. 

We have created and co-authored books to amplify the voices of children whose voices are often hidden, and to increase awareness of child labour and exploitation that is occurring in our supply chains.

BOOKS & DOCUMENTARIES

We are invited to speak about child labour and child exploitation at schools, universities, organizations and companies across Japan. Between 2008-2018, we held workshop and lecture sessions at 756 locations, at events which were attended by 65,187 people in total.

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

FUNDRAISERS

We sell numerous products such as campaign stickers, badges, stationary to raise money for our community projects. We hold nationwide events which are supported by our network of volunteers.

 

SOCIAL BUSINESS ACCELERATION PROGRAM

Employees, consumers, investors are taking notice and demanding action. The business world cannot stay indifferent to labour rights violations in their supply chains.  Child labour is one of the major violations of labour rights and resolving the exploitation of children is a matter of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and mitigating risk to brand value.

We offer one-off workshops for the Human Resources, CSR team and procurement departments as well as for general employees to increase understanding of human rights risks in the supply chain and improve employee engagement in CSR activities. 

WORKSHOPS & TRAINING SESSIONS

We support companies increase internal capability to identify human rights risks in their supply chain by leveraging our field experience, as well as expertise acquired through the SA 8000 social audit basic training course on labour and human rights. We also collaborate with larger consulting firms such as Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Japan to conduct social audits.

CONSULTATION SERVICES

We currently have 30 corporate members (companies and organizations). Since 2017, we hold quarterly exchange salons in Tokyo where members can exchange information and engage in  dialogue  to improve CSR activities. 

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ACTION AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION

Every child has the right to play, learn, grow. 


ACE aims to transform the world into a place where all children and youths are free to shape their own lives and capable of building a society that they want to live in.

 

Ending child labour is one of our core strategic goals.

We believe that achieving this goal in the long-term requires addressing every level of the global supply chain. As such, we operate through international cooperation, supporting rural communities in Asia and Africa, collaborating with private corporations, and engaging in consumer education.

We are a Japanese NGO active in international advocacy to protect children from exploitation 

across the globe.

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〒110-0005
6-1-6 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Okachimachi Green Heights 1005

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