This June 12, MIRNI joins other companies worldwide that fight against child labor. Child labor refers to work that is harmful to a child’s health and wellbeing, and/or interferes with their education, leisure and development. It is a complex issue, affecting boys and girls in most countries of the world.

It is estimated that a big percent of children and youth work in the clothing industry. Many of them do not attend school, have little time to play and do not receive proper nutrition or care. Often this work can also be hazardous and exploitative. Many of the types of work girls and boys are involved in are hidden and difficult to track, suggesting that the actual number of child laborers could be much higher, especially for some girls.

The causes of child labor are multi-faceted. A lack of access to quality education, discrimination, and conflict, are just some of the underlying causes. Poverty however, remains the key driver. When families are not able to earn a decent living from their work, ending child labor remains very difficult. From the very beginning this has been a priority for us and we do not let this happen at MIRNI.