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[PDF] Written Questions European Parliament to the European Commission about the report 'Tainted Carpets - Slavery and Child Labor in India's Hand-Made Carpet Sector'

Author: MEPs Peter van Dalen and Dennis de Jong , Published on: 19 February 2014

Are you willing to examine the involvement of carpet importers and sellers – active in the European market – in slavery and child labour in the Indian carpet industry, including the companies IKEA and Wal-Mart who are listed in the report? What measures will you take to ensure that Indian carpets sold in the European market are made without slavery and child labour?...Are you willing to urge the Indian government to take effective action against slavery and child labour in the carpet industry and to undertake joint activities against these abuses? Can European companies that are affiliated with labels like Goodweave, Rugmark and/or the Care & Fair initiative of the European carpet industry demonstrate with reasonable certainty that their carpets from India have not been made by slaves or children? Are you willing to engage with European trade associations representing carpet importers and/or sellers of Indian carpets to discuss the need to take action against slavery and child labour in the production of the Indian carpets that they are buying or selling?

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