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Discussing child labor with tobacco farmer

Legal frameworks

Creating solid foundations

Improving legal and regulatory frameworks is a core objective to the implementation of ARISE initiatives.

Our activities have been developed to have an impact at every level, from national governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and international nongovernmental organizations, all the way through to local civic and traditional leaders.


ARISE has a long-term vision and it has to align with national, regional, and local government policies. We recognize that governments and regulatory bodies must be at the heart of sustainable child labor elimination efforts because they are key to creating environments that are conducive for the elimination of child labor. They can build capacity, strengthen child labor monitoring mechanisms, and facilitate comprehensive educational, social and financial support.

We work closely with governmental organizations at every level to develop and implement legislation and policy initiatives towards reducing child labor. It helps to create a united stand to advocate for the enactment of policies and regulations, and we hope that our approach leads to a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to achieving tailored and effective laws to address child labor issues.

Employers’ and workers’ organizations

Not only does ARISE work to secure meaningful dialogue and engagement with significant formal counterparts such as governmental ministries, but we also work with employers' and workers' organizations. We make use of three-way dialogues – alongside nongovernmental organizations and United Nations agencies – at every level of program implementation to maximize the success of our interventions.

Community leaders

ARISE also works at a community level, collaborating with the local municipalities to make use of existing structures to reach out to smallholder farmers, and to share best practice experiences. By doing this we hope to achieve greater transparency in the market structure and supply chains. We link and contribute to national programs in education, social protection, and rural development that can ensure sustainable changes at the community and national level.

Areas where we are involved


Our activities

Our activities aim to address the underlying root causes of child labor in the tobacco industry.

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Brazil, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia

We reach thousands of children and their families.

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We use the ILO definition

Not all work done by children should be classified as child labor that is to be targeted for elimination.

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ARISE aims to end child labor in communities where JTI sources tobacco leaf. We work with those directly affected and with others who have the power to change things. Our initiatives are developed and delivered in collaboration with tobacco-growing communities, social partners and governments.