20 February - Launch event for Challenge 8.7: Acting together against forced and child labour

20 February – Launch event for Challenge 8.7: Acting together against forced and child labour

Published on Feb 20, 2017

Challenge 8.7 logo

See you on 20 February for the launch of the 8.7 Challenge, a challenge launched by RHSF and our CSR and Development partner.

Programme of the Challenge 8.7 kick-off party

Compulsory registration with: a.khlopkova@giesbert-associes.com before 13 February 2017.

What is the 8.7 Challenge?

In 2015, the Heads of State and Government adopted at the UN the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030: 17 interconnected goals and 169 associated targets to guide global development.

Objectives of sustainable development

Target 8.7: “Take immediate and effective action to eliminate forced labour, end modern-day slavery and trafficking, prohibit and eliminate child labour in all its forms, including the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end all forms of child labour”. Read more.


Le travail forcé et le travail abusif des enfants existent encore aujourd’hui dans le monde entier, y compris en Europe et même en France. 

Figures on child labour and modern slavery in France and in the world

In order to progress towards effective compliance with the rules of international labour law, it is necessary to encourage, multiply, support, promote, enhance and pool concrete, voluntary, varied – and sometimes modest – contributions from actors in economic and social life. This is the ambition we wish to share and the challenge we propose to take up! Because we are convinced that no one holds the key to success alone.

In order to succeed, 3 categories of actors must be brought together:

  1. Contributors: companies, institutions, trade unions, professional organisations, consumer associations and all those who have concrete projects to combat child and forced labour in their sphere of influence and who need information, training, support, contacts, skills, methods or tools to carry out these projects.
  2. Facilitators: RHSF and its CSR and Development partner carry out and lead the project. We bring our expertise and tools in the field of promoting human rights at work and corporate social responsibility. We accompany the contributors throughout their project by giving them the benefit of our experience, our networks and our tools. We will then organise the evaluation of the achievements by the populations directly concerned before disseminating them.
  3. Promoters: regional and local public authorities in Occitania who will relay through their involvement the decisions of the UN and Governments by giving them a concrete content. They alone can provide the necessary impetus, the promotion of the project, the financial means to carry it through in the long term, and finally the recognition of the community to the contributors and the dissemination of the results.

Let’s act together!

As long as we have purchasing power, or even modest economic clout, we can make a concrete contribution to eradicating situations of forced and child labour.

If you want to take concrete action in your sphere of influence but don’t know how to go about it…

…don’t be discouraged!

Join the 8.7 Challenge organised with our partner NGO CSR & Development.

We will accompany you in the realisation of your projects and organise dialogue with the populations concerned. Your results will then be disseminated by the promoters of Challenge 8.7 in order to make your contributions known – and recognised – and to encourage new vocations.

The fight against forced labour and child labour will not have immediate results. It is a matter of political will, of the involvement of social actors, of concrete, obstinate, modest and ambitious contributions at the same time. It can only be a collective ambition.

It will take time. Challenge 8.7 therefore only makes sense over several years and will only be effective if each player commits, i.e. gets involved in its part and takes the commitment to follow through on its approach.