Since 2012, Clas Ohlson has been supporting Save the Children in China through the Centre for Children's Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility based in China, to support migrant workers and their children.
Today, there are more than 260 million migrant workers in China whose 15.5 million children are left behind in the home villages and towns in the countryside while their parents move to the big cities to work. These children often grow up in the care of other family members and may meet their parents only once a year. Often the children who follow their parents to the cities when they migrate live in vulnerable situations with few resources and limited access to education and healthcare.
Through our co-operation with Save the Children we can focus efforts on training Chinese parents to be better parents despite the distance from their children, with activities for parents and their kids and the provision of so called Smart Watches that enables digital communication at a distance between children and their parents. During 2019, the programme with Smart Watches has included 400 workers and 600 children.
During the year, 551 migrant workers took part in a parenting course about parenting at a distance which indirectly affected 827 children in a positive way. Both satisfaction and length of service amongst the parents increased in the factories where they had taken part in the programme. Additionally, workers in our Chinese offices have taken part in the parenting training course during the year.