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Child bondage continues in Indian cotton supply chain

Author: India Committee of the Netherlands, Published on: 25 September 2007

More than 416.000 children under the age of 18, of which almost 225.000 younger than 14, are involved in (often bonded) child labour in India’s cottonseed fields. Most of them are girls. They work in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu...More than thirteen big Indian companies and two multinationals, Monsanto and Bayer, are involved in this ‘modern form of child slavery’. The ones which have outsourced the largest production to farmers are the Indian companies Nuziveedu, Raasi, Ankur and the American multinational Monsanto (including its Indian joint venture partner Mahyco). [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Monsanto, Bayer, Nuziveedu, Raasi, Ankur to respond. Bayer and Montsanto provided responses linked below. Nuziveedu, Raasi, Ankur have not responded]

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Related companies: Bayer Monsanto (part of Bayer)