India: Child labour reported in mica supply chains, companies insist their suppliers follow good practices
Lalita is among hundreds of children who help their families make ends meet by spending their day collecting mica. The mica adds glitter to powders, mascara and lipsticks of top global brands although a complex supply chain makes pinning down the exact origin almost impossible. The families of the children who collect the mica often sell it to small traders who in turn sell it to big suppliers. Major companies insist their suppliers follow good practices.