Uganda: LafargeHolcim urged to remediate for child labour in its subsidiary's supply chain; includes Hima Cement's response

A report by Bread for All & Twerwaneho Listeners' Club has called on LafargeHolcim to take responsibility for former child labourers who have been supplying raw materials to its Uganda subsidiary for over 10 years. In its response, Hima Cement has denied existence of child labour in its supply chain.

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17 May 2017

LafargeHolcim's response to rejoinder

Author: LafargeHolcim

"LafargeHolcim's response to rejoinder"

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11 May 2017

Hima Cement's response to allegations of child labour in its supply chain

Author: Hima Cement (Uganda)

"Response to Report on Child Labour in the Supply Chain of LafargeHolcim in Uganda"

LafargeHolcim takes any allegations related to human rights seriously, which is why...[LafargeHolcim] commissioned an independent investigation by an international independent qualified auditor. The investigation found out that although children work routinely alongside their parents in agriculture, there was no material evidence that Hoima Cement or its suppliers used, or were aware of the use of child labour within the supply chain.

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11 May 2017

Uganda: LafargeHolcim urged to take responsibility for former child labourers supplying its subsidiary with raw materials

Author: Bread for All (Switzerland) & Twerwaneho Listeners' Club (Uganda)

"Child Labour in the Supply Chain of LafargeHolcim in Uganda: Unresolved Issues"

For more than 10 years, LafargeHolcim and its suppliers benefited from child labour among artisanal miners who supplied raw materials...to the company in Uganda. Following a public scandal...LafargeHolcim stopped buying [from] artisanal miners and decided to work only with mechanised mines.

Bread for All and...Twerwaneho Listeners' Club (TLC) carried out an investigation following this scandal. Our investigation found out that...since Hima Cement stopped buying raw materials from artisanal miners, most children who dropped out of school lost their income. The increased unemployment led to higher [incidences of] theft in the communities and...more school drop out...

In this respect, LafargeHolcim does not meet the minimum requirements of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights...according to which companies should use their leverage on the suppliers to provide remediation in the case of negative human rights impacts...LafargeHolcim should work with its suppliers to implement programmes that enable former child labourers to return to school or receive vocational training in order to generate another source of income.

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4 May 2017

Bread for All & Twerwaneho Listeners' Club's rejoinder

Author: Bread for All (Switzerland) & Twerwaneho Listeners' Club (Uganda)

"Position of TLC & BFA on the response of LafargeHolcim (LH)" 

 

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