India: Forbes cover story highlights scale of child labour - & links with US, European companies

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28 February 2008

[DOC] Monsanto letter to Forbes Magazine regarding report on child labour in India

Author: Mark Leidy, Monsanto Executive Vice President of Manufacturing

In your recent article from the February 25, 2008 issue titled “Child Labor,” Monsanto is inaccurately portrayed as contributing to the problem of child labor in India instead of contributing to the solution. Such a characterization is extremely misleading, especially in light of all the information we provided...

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25 February 2008

Child Labor [India]

Author: Megha Bahree, Forbes

The [Indian] government itself, in its most recent account...estimates that 12.6 million children under the age of 14 are at work in India...Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer, all working under the glare of labor monitors like Glocal, are grappling with ways to prevent the abuse of children...These retailers [refers to refers to Gap, Macy's, ABC Carpet & Home, Ikea, Lowe's, Home Depot] say they are aware of child-labor problems, have strict policies against selling products made by underage kids and abide by the laws of the countries from which they import. But there are many links in a supply chain, and even a well-intentioned importer can't police them all...Sometime within the next few months Gap intends to convene a global forum to consider "industrywide solutions" to child labor.

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