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10 Mar 2014

Hannah Fearn & Huw Nesbitt, Guardian (UK)

Lush to remove mica from all products over child labour fears (India)

[L]ush has committed to removing all traces of mica from its products over concerns that it is unable to guarantee that the mines which extract the product are free from child labour...Charities and NGOs working in India, where the mineral is mined, argue that mica is extracted by organisations whose certification of ethical practice through an audit process cannot be guaranteed...Mark Constantine, a co-founder of Lush, said the chain would usually request spot checks on its suppliers to be assured about local practice, but the area in which mica is mined is too dangerous for visitors to arrive unaccompanied [which] means that Lush is unable independently to guarantee that child labour is not used on the sites that supply the mineral to the store...

Part of the following timelines

India: Prominent child labour, unsafe working conditions found in Jharkhand's mica mines

India: Reports of child labour in mica mines raise concerns about cosmetic industry' "ethical extraction"