Bangladesh: Allegations of child labour, health & safety violations, pollution by Telenor & Grameenphone subcontractors - includes company responses

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27 May 2008

Two more workers' deaths linked to Telenor [Bangladesh]

Author: Nina Berglund, AftenPosten

Two workers at the Telenor-owned mobile phone company in Bangladesh, GrameenPhone, were killed on the job last month, Telenor confirmed Tuesday. The deaths are the latest in a series of fatal accidents at Telenor's operations abroad.

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20 May 2008

Telenor backs CEO in Bangladeshi child labour row

Author: Aasa Christine Stoltz & Ruma Paul, Reuters

The board of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor backed its chief executive…after reports of dangerous job conditions and the use of child labour by subcontractors in Bangladesh. A Danish television documentary last week revealed dangerous working conditions, accidental deaths, pollution and use of children at Telenor's subcontractors in Bangladesh…Telenor holds 62 percent of Bangladesh operator Grameenphone, which employed the subcontractors to make mobile antenna towers…[Telenor] Chairman Harald Norvik…said this was a "serious situation" which should never had happened, but that the focus should now be on measures to rectify it…Grameenphone said it was working with the vendors to ensure compliance with all relevant local regulations and to improve conditions in factories but admitted it did not do enough.

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1 May 2008

Follow-up on the situation in Bangladesh

Author: Telenor

On this page you can access updated information about measures initiated by Telenor to improve unacceptable conditions at Grameenphone suppliers in Bangladesh. Telenor owns 62 per cent of Grameenphone.

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