All over the world, conventional pesticides pose significant health hazards to workers and wildlife — a problem compounded by the fact that safety practices governing their use are often inadequate or unenforced. While developing countries account for only 25 percent of global pesticide use, they suffer 99 percent of acute pesticide-related fatalities.
Nearly 1.3 billion people earn less than US $1.25 per day, making them vulnerable to exploitation by their employers and potentially forcing them to endure unsafe working conditions. Together with our partners, we work to help impoverished individuals and communities protect their rights and earn sustainable livelihoods while conserving natural resources.
In our ongoing series focussing on the positive impacts of our work, this week’s blogs will look at the social impacts of our work. Though the Rainforest Alliance was first established to protect rainforests, we quickly learned that it would be shortsighted to exclude people from the conservation equation.
To mark Universal Children’s Day, today’s blog takes a look at the positive social impacts that certification has on children. Sixty percent of the world’s child labourers (ages 5–17) work in agriculture, which the International Labour Organisation defines as farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry and livestock.