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Over 400,000 children working in cottonseed fields, often bonded labour.

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Article
25 September 2007

Child bondage continues in Indian cotton supply chain

Author: India Committee of the Netherlands

More than 416.000 children under the age of 18, of which almost 225.000 younger than 14, are involved in (often bonded) child labour in India’s cottonseed fields. Most of them are girls. They work in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu...More than thirteen big Indian companies and two multinationals, Monsanto and Bayer, are involved in this ‘modern form of child slavery’. The ones which have outsourced the largest production to farmers are the Indian companies Nuziveedu, Raasi, Ankur and the American multinational Monsanto (including its Indian joint venture partner Mahyco). [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Monsanto, Bayer, Nuziveedu, Raasi, Ankur to respond. Bayer and Montsanto provided responses linked below. Nuziveedu, Raasi, Ankur have not responded]

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Company non-response
12 October 2007

Ankur Seeds did not respond to: Over 400,000 children working in cottonseed fields, often bonded labour.

Company non-response
17 October 2007

Nuziveedu Seeds did not respond to: Over 400,000 children working in cottonseed fields, often bonded labour.

Company non-response
17 October 2007

Rasi did not respond to: Over 400,000 children working in cottonseed fields, often bonded labour.

Company response
17 October 2007

Response by Bayer: Over 400,000 children working in cottonseed fields, often bonded labour.

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Company response
23 October 2007

Monsanto response to “Child bondage continues in Indian cotton supply chain”

Author: Monsanto

Since 2005 when Monsanto Company purchased its cotton business in India from Emergent Genetics, we have worked with Dr. Davuluri and others to eradicate child labor in cotton seed production through our participation in the Child Care Program (CCP), an initiative of the Association of Seed Industry (ASI)...

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