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Finland: NGO reveals labour abuses in baby box supply chains

Author: Yle, Published on: 16 January 2019

"Finnwatch: Majority of Finland's baby box products made in sweatshop locations", 15 January 2019

More than ten products reviewed in Finland’s world-renowned baby box are made in circumstances that involve serious labour rights shortcomings, according to the corporate responsibility watchdog Finnwatch.

The NGO said that the problems are rooted in the selection criteria of Kela, the national benefits agency that provides the baby boxes to expectant mothers... Finnwatch published a report with detailed information on 40 products included in the 2018 new baby starter kit...

Most of the products... are manufactured in China. After China, the largest supplier countries are Pakistan, India and Bangladesh...

The NGO sent out questionnaires about the products, the origin of their raw materials and corporate responsibility oversight to all of the firms. Just two companies did not return responses...

Serious shortcomings such as illegal overtime, inadequate wages or workplace safety deficiencies were identified behind 12 of the products... The risk of major human rights problems was even greater when it came to raw materials whose origin respondent countries knew nothing about.

In a... statement... Kela said that it plans to improve social responsibility in sourcing products for the baby kit. The agency said that it has already added sustainability criteria to bidding criteria for the 2020 package...

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