CO Data

Child Labour in the Fashion Industry

Globally there are 151.6 million children aged between five and 17 years in child labour. Half of these children are in hazardous work including in fashion supply chains.

Child labour is defined as work that is likely to interfere with a child’s right to education, or harm the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. It is differentiated from work where children contribute to family income but which doesn’t affect their education, health or development, and which potentially has a positive impact.

The US Department of Labor shows that 51 countries – all low or middle-income countries – use child labour in at least one part of …