Under no circumstances do we accept child labour, which prevents children from being children. Every child has the right to play and to go to school. Most of the companies that we work with are small family-owned companies and their survival often depends on the next generation learning from the first generation. We fully accept that one from childhood can learn the craft from ones parents as long as children still can be children.
Many children in the third world contribute to the household in the same way it has been done in Denmark all the way up through the 20th century. And the survival of the family often depends on every member contributing to the daily tasks. If Two Danes was to forbid children helping out at home it would have serious and far-reaching consequences for the involved families.
It could end up being the difference between an acceptable life and life-threatening poverty. Flatly refusing that children can contribute to the local production can often have the consequence of hurting the local society for good. This does however not change our fundamental value: if we learn that a supplier is using children to do the work of an adult the cooperation is brought to an end immediately
All children have the right to play and to
go to school.