India Committee of the Netherlands
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CHILD LABOUR & EDUCATION - DOSSIER PRESS RELEASES
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Jan 24, 2017:
Branded Childhood: Garment brands contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropouts in Bangladesh (PRESS RELEASE Stop Child Labour):
The average worker in the Bangladeshi garment industry is getting paid only one third of what is considered to be a living wage. Low wages and long working hours have been found to play a key role in parents’ decisions to take their children out of school and let them work in various jobs. Many international garment brands, including but not only H&M, C&A, Esprit, Marks & Spencer, GAP, VF Corporation and Kmart Australia, contribute to this situation.
These are important findings of the report Branded Childhood that is published by Stop Child Labour and SOMO today. Almost 50% of the textiles produced in Bangladesh are exported to the European Union. International brands and retailers should therefore play a key role in ensuring that the rights of all workers and their children are respected.
Dec 21, 2016:
Fabric of Slavery: Large-scale child slavery in Indian spinning mills making yarn for international garment brands (PRESS RELEASE ICN):
New research by the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN) shows that various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, are found in more than 90% of the spinning mills in South India. These spinning mills produce yarn for India, Bangladeshi and Chinese garment factories that produce for the Western market.
The report Fabric of Slavery exposes the scale on which young girls and women - the majority of which are Dalits or 'outcastes' - are enslaved by employers who withhold their wages or lock them up in company-controlled hostels. They work long hours, face sexual harassment and do not even earn the minimum wage. Gerard Oonk, director of ICN: "We have raised the issue for five years now, but even to us the scale of this problem came as a shock."
Jun 9, 2016:
Electronics companies are yet doing far too little to eradicate child labour from gold mining (PRESS RELEASE Stop Child Labour):
Electronics companies are not making a big enough effort to combat child labour in gold mining. This is the conclusion of a survey by SOMO commissioned by Stop Child Labour. The electronics industry is the third largest buyer of gold in the world.
Mar 9, 2016:
Broad support for plan to eliminate child labour from the garment and textile industry (PRESS RELEASE Stop Child Labour):
Stop Child Labour welcomes the broad support for the elimination of child labour, forced (child) labour, low wages and other abuses in the global garment and textile industry. Sector associations, the government, trade unions and civil society organizations - including Stop Child Labour – have agreed on a ‘covenant’ to address these issues in the coming years.
Nov 24, 2015:
New Report Soiled Seeds: Many seed companies involved in child labour and below minimum wages in vegetable seed production in India - 156.000 Indian children produce vegetable seeds for companies (PRESS RELEASE ICN):
Almost 156.000 Indian children are producing vegetable seeds (tomato, hot pepper, okra), of which 50.000 are below 14 years of age. All of them are exposed to harsh working conditions, including poisonous pesticides and long working days. They mostly drop out of school between 11 and 13 years of age. The number of adolescent children (14 to 18) increased with more than 37.000.
Multinationals like Limagrain (French), Sakata (Japanese), Advanta (Indian) and East-West Seed (Dutch) had between 10 and 16% children below 14 years working at farmers producing seeds for them. Indian companies show similar figures. All companies have around 30% adolescents working on supplier farms.
Nov 2015:
Massive child labour used for gold in mobile phones - Almost no action by electronics companies to prevent child labour in gold mining (PRESS RELEASE Stop Child Labour):
Globally, more than one million children are working in the gold mining industry according to new estimates. The number is growing, for example in the African country Mali, the number of children working in the gold mining industry has increased almost tenfold in recent years: from 20,000 to 200,000 children. The gold they mine ends up at electronics manufacturers who use it to make our mobile phones, computers and other consumer electronics. These are some key findings from a research study by SOMO commissioned by the Stop Child Labour coalition. Electronics companies do almost nothing to combat child labour in gold mines, while the probability is very high that the gold ends up in their products.
Jul 23, 2015:
New report: Cotton’s Forgotten Children - Almost half a million Indian children produce cottonseed (PRESS RELEASE ICN/Stop Child Labour):
Almost half a million Indian children are working to produce the cottonseed that is the basis for our garments and all the other textile products that we use. Around 200,000 of them are below 14 years of age. This is one of the shocking results of the new study Cotton’s Forgotten Children by India’s long-term expert on the issue, Dr. Davuluri Venkateswarlu.
Jun 11, 2015:
Say Goodbye to Child Labour: Manual Stepping Stones for Child Labour Free Zones presented to Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (PRESS RELEASE Stop Child Labour):
Ahead of the International Day against Child Labour on 12 June, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, has today been presented the manual 5 x 5 Stepping Stones for creating Child Labour Free Zones authored by the Stop Child Labour coalition.
May 11, 2015:
Modern slavery and child labour in Indian quarries: Stop Child Labour urges companies and government to take action (PRESS RELEASE ICN/Stop Child Labour):
Modern slavery is widespread in Indian quarries. Child labour also occurs frequently. Most Dutch importers of Indian granite give no information from which quarries they are sourcing their granite or say they do not know from which quarries the stone comes from.
This is the main outcome of the report Rock Bottom - Modern Slavery and Child Labour in South Indian Granite Quarries on working conditions in South Indian granite quarries which is published by the India Committee of the Netherlands in collaboration with the coalition Stop Child Labour.
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Oct 24, 2012: 
Shoe companies are far from being child labour free (press release Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
Jul 18, 2012: 
Brands and politicians are starting to act: Bonded (child) labour in Indian garment industry draws global attention (press release SOMO/ICN)
Jun 10, 2011: 
World Day Against Child Labour 2011 – ILO calls for urgent action against hazardous forms of child labour (press release ILO)
Oct 20, 2010: 
Bitter Hazelnuts: Stop Child Labour urges companies to transparency and action (media release Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
Jun 10, 2010: 
More than half a million child labourers in Indian seed production - Situation improved where government, NGOs and companies intervened (media release ICN/'Stop Child Labour'/ILRF)
Apr 2, 2010: 
Campaign ‘Stop Child Labour – School is the best place to work’ launches worldwide petition: Eradicate all child labour, get every child into school (press release Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
May 9, 2008: 
Child labour and Corporate Social Responsibility: what the European Union should do (press release Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
Feb 19, 2008: 
Action Plan for Companies to Combat Child Labour launched in Delhi
Sep 25, 2007: 
New report: 'Child bondage continues in Indian cotton supply chain'
Jun 8, 2007: 
Child labour in India in cotton seed tackled by MNC's Bayer and Monsanto, but issue is far from solved
Oct 9, 2006: 
EU-India Summit should focus on urgent issues of child labour and education (press release Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
Aug 4, 2006: 
India's new ban on child labour welcome, but forgets work in agriculture and at home (press release Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
May 4, 2006: 
The ILO is aiming too low: For most children the end of child labour is not within reach (press release Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
Nov 22 2005: 
Louis Michel Promises to Take Action Against Child Labour (press release Alliance 2015/Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
Nov 18 2005: 
Campaign urges European Commissioner Michel to take Action on the Eradication of Child Labour (press release Alliance 2015/Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
Oct 31 2005: 
Companies perpetuate child labour in India by low prices and flawed inspection
Jul 20, 2005: 
Campaign 'Stop Child Labour' welcomes resolution European Parliament (press release Campaign 'Stop Child Labour')
Feb 25, 2005: 
"World Day Against Child Labour 2005" to focus on child labour in mines and quarries (press release ILO)
Nov 8, 2004: 
MEP pledges support for campaign to eradicate child labour in India (press release MV Foundation / Hivos)
4-10-2004: 
Multinational and Indian companies still profit from bonded child labour on cottonseed farms in India
Oct 24, 2003: 
Multinationals pledge to end child labour in Indian seed production
May 19, 2003: 
Unilever asks its Indian subsidiary HLL to discuss child labour
May 14, 2003: 
Unilever, Monsanto and other multinationals involved in large-scale child labour in India's cotton seed production - Start of European campaign 'Stop child labour - School is the best place to work'