Two of the world’s largest growth markets, Russia and China, have shown significant increases in child labour risks over the last year, reveals the latest Child Labour Index from Maplecroft. This exposes companies with operations and supply chains in these countries to greater risks of reputational and legal damage from complicity with children’s rights violations.
According to Maplecroft, significant increases in child labour risks are visible in only a few countries. China dropped from the 53rd highest risk geography to 20th in the Index, while Russia fell 11 places to 69th. Both are classified as posing an ‘extreme risk’. Substantial negative changes to the risk profiles of Nepal (14th, 34th in 2013), Guinea (30th, 36th in 2013), and Equatorial Guinea (109th, 114th in 2013) were also noted.
Maplecroft’s ranking of 197 countries includes 83 countries rated ‘extreme risk’, with Eritrea, Somalia, DR Congo, Myanmar, Sudan, Afg