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[DOC] Response from Hivos – Stop Child Labour campaign to reactions companies Business & Human Rights Resource Centre website

Author: Hivos - Stop Child Labour, Published on: 5 February 2014

A first assessment of the policy and practices of 28 footwear companies was published in December 2012, and by mid-2013 Stop Child Labour requested the companies to provide an update on what they had done in the past year to improve their policy and practices. 22 of the 28 companies responded to this request and provided information...Based on the information provided, Stop Child Labour concluded that from 18 of these 22 responding companies we have received sufficiently concrete information to conclude that, as a result of the campaign, they have taken steps in the past year to (further) improve their policy, practices and level of transparency...All research has been as thorough and cautious as possible and of course the 28 footwear companies were given the chance to respond...Publication of the reports however triggered responses from companies that had not responded earlier and from suppliers further down the supply chain. Some gave reason to reconsider earlier findings and to update the reports. Any such instances have been fully transparent and documented in the different reports.

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