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Responsible Cotton Network
A multistakeholder initiative working to halt the use of forced child labour in Uzbek cotton production.  Members include brands, retail associations, investors and civil society organizations.
    Background: Investor, company and NGO coalition to address forced child labour
    UN Global Compact case study

Child labour worst in Bangladesh, China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan – Maplecroft study
Maplecroft, 1 Dec 2010
Many countries supplying manufactured goods and natural resources have widespread abuses of child workers.

Maplecroft report on child labour in the BRICs highlights growing supply chain risks
Maplecroft, 30 Jun 2010
The supply chain risks include child labour.

Apple finds child labour in supply chain
Hani Megerisi, PC Pro (UK), 26 Feb 2010

Human Rights and Cell Phones: Something Every Consumer Should Know
miravu, 6 Dec 2009
Conflict minerals mined by children are used in mobile phones.

Using fashion to fight child labour [Netherlands]
Paddy Maguire, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 20 Nov 2009
Launch of shop that only stocks clothes manufactured without the use of child labour.


Africa

Farmers launch child labour programme [Ghana]
Kofi Adu Domfeh, Myjoyonline, 16 Nov 2010
Farmers union launches child labour programme to ensure chocolate consumers do not boycott exports.

Cocoa industry ‘failing to address abusive child labour’ in supply chain
Procurement Leaders, 5 Oct 2010

Do No Harm: A guide for companies sourcing from the DRC
Global Witness, 8 Jul 2010
Paper on how to avoid financing human rights abuses, including forced recruitment of child soldiers, when purchasing minerals.

Cocoa trade must do more about child labour
Magdalena Kettis, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) and Anna Pot, APG Asset Management, in Financial Times, 30 May 2010
Child labour in supply chains increasing concern to investors.

Tracing the bitter truth of chocolate and child labour
BBC Panorama, 24 Mar 2010
Investigation into chocolate supply chain unravelled evidence of human trafficking and child slave labour.
    International Cocoa Initiative

Bitter plight of the vanilla trade children [Madagascar]
Dan McDougall, Sunday Times (UK), 14 Mar 2010
Widely-used vanilla from Madagascar is produced using child labour.

Malawi child tobacco workers exposed to nicotine
Raphael Tenthani, Associated Press, 24 Aug 2009
Tobacco products have child labour in supply chain.

Plight of African child slaves forced into mines – for our mobile phones
Charles Lavery, Sunday Mail (UK), 6 Jul 2008

[video] Congo’s Bloody Coltan
Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, 27 Oct 2006


Americas

US blueberry farms accused of using children as pickers
Stephen Foley, Independent (UK), 2 Nov 2009
Wal-Mart supplier accused of using child labour, Wal-Mart suspends dealings pending.


Asia & Pacific

GAP, Walmart, C&A, H&M warn their Indian suppliers against textile mills that involve child & bonded-labour
Economic Times (India), 16 Nov 2011
Retailers instruct suppliers not to source from mills emplying girls under "Sumangali".

Monsoon's internal audits reveal suppliers used child labour and underpaid workers
Gethin Chamberlain, Guardian (UK), 21 Nov 2010

[video] Cheap Shrimp, Hidden Costs: Burmese Migrants Fuel Thailand's Shrimp Industry
University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, 27 Oct 2010
Forced and child labour documented in Thai shrimp industry.

Sialkot’s soccer kids [Pakistan]
Kamal A Munir, Financial Express (India), 8 Dec 2009

Indian Kids Labor to Make Balloons for American Kids' Parties
Amanda Kloer, Change.org (USA), 24 Nov 2009

Marshalls renews campaign to end child labour in India’s stone quarries
Henryk Zientek, Huddersfield Daily Examiner (UK), 29 Jul 2009

Child labour used in cosmetics industry [India]
Nicola Smith, Times (UK), 19 Jul 2009

Corporate fights child labour in cotton fields [India]
Indian Express, 15 Jun 2009
Bayer CropScience has a “Zero tolerance for child labour” policy, aims to get children of the fields and into school.

Recession, children and labour rights in Pakistan
Richard Welford, CSR Asia, 2 May 2009
Children work deep down the supply chains of exporters.

Blood diamonds stain India's glittering trade - Black market in smuggled gems continues to fund Africa's deadly conflicts
Dan McDougall, Observer (UK), 21 Jan 2007
Campaigners accuse India of ignoring use of child labour among diamond polishers.


Europe & Central Asia

Silk's dark side: Uzbek kids made to grow cocoons
Mansur Mirovalev, AP, 28 Aug 2010
Uzbek silk produced with child labour exported to China, India, South Korea and Western Europe.

Philip Morris is said to benefit from child labor [Kazakhstan]
Andrew Kramer, New York Times, 14 Jul 2010
Human Rights Watch report shows widespread Kazak child labour in cigarette supply chain.  Philip Morris agreed to changes in purchasing policies.

Switzerland, UK Accept NGO Complaint Against EU Companies Profiting from Uzbek Child Labor
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, Cotton Campaign, 29 Mar 2011

Germany wants Indian exports free of child labour
Indo-Asian News Service (India), 12 Jan 2010

Debenhams seeks more child labour vigilence
Steve Hawkes & Amanda Andrews, Times (UK), 25 Jun 2008

Child labour and Corporate Social Responsibility What should the European Union do?
Stop Child Labour - School is the best place to work, 6 May 2008

Europe: Call to Link Trade With Children's Rights
David Cronin, Inter Press Service, 19 May 2008


Middle East & North Africa

Working flat out - the child labour behind your Egyptian cotton sheets
Dan McDougall, Observer (UK), 8 Jun 2008

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16 November 2011

GAP, Walmart, C&A, H&M warn their Indian suppliers against textile mills that involve child & bonded-labour

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9 May 2011

Responsible Cotton Network

Author: Responsible Cotton Network

The Responsible Cotton Network is an informal multi-stakeholder group that came together to encourage socially responsible sourcing of cotton. Its first point of focus is on the practices of forced and child labor in Uzbekistan. By offering a private,...

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29 March 2011

Switzerland, UK Accept NGO Complaint Against EU Companies Profiting from Uzbek Child Labor

Author: Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, Cotton Campaign

Switzerland joined the United Kingdom in accepting the complaints filed by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)…to the Organisation for Economic Co-Cooperation and Development (OECD)…ECCHR, joined by partner organizations...

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1 December 2010

Child labour worst in Bangladesh, China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan – Maplecroft study

Author: Maplecroft

The Child Labour Index and map, produced by global risks advisory firm Maplecroft, rates 68 countries as ‘extreme risk’ with Bangladesh, China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan amongst those with the most widespread abuses of child workers...Maplecroft’s...

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21 November 2010

Monsoon's internal audits reveal suppliers used child labour and underpaid workers

Author: Gethin Chamberlain, Guardian [UK]

Monsoon, the fashion chain that pioneered ethical shopping, has used suppliers in India who employ child labour and pay workers below the minimum wage...Internal documents...highlight the scale of the problems over issues ranging from child labour to...

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16 November 2010

Farmers launch child labour programme [Ghana]

Author: Kofi Adu Domfeh, Myjoyonline

Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union (KKFU) has launched the first farmer-led child labour campaign programme in Ghana. The farmers’ cooperative has developed systems and structures which will lead to the elimination of worst forms of child labour in cocoa...

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27 October 2010

[video] Cheap Shrimp, Hidden Costs: Burmese Migrants Fuel Thailand's Shrimp Industry

Author: University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

As many as 2 million Burmese migrants fuel Thailand’s growing economy. Up to half of these workers are trafficked into the country illegally, fleeing military dictatorship and extreme poverty in neighboring Burma...Relegated to the most menial tasks...

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5 October 2010

Cocoa industry ‘failing to address abusive child labour’ in supply chain

Author: Procurement Leaders

The global cocoa industry has been slammed for failing to stamp out suppliers which rely on "abusive child labour". The allegations were made by the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University in its fourth annual report on...

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28 August 2010

Silk's dark side: Uzbek kids made to grow cocoons

Author: Mansur Mirovalev, AP

Uzbekistan's authoritarian government insists that it has banned child labor but Nishanova, now 15, hasn't heard about it. She and her siblings, aged 9 to 17, think it's perfectly natural to be helping their father grow silkworms, as well as cotton...

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14 July 2010

Philip Morris is said to benefit from child labor [Kazakhstan]

Author: Andrew Kramer, New York Times

Human Rights Watch…release[d] a report…showing that child and forced labor is widespread on farms that supply a cigarette factory owned by Philip Morris International in Kazakhstan…While child labor should be condemned in any setting, the report said,...

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