Child labour - an introduction

Below are select introductory materials on business and child labour.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the child labour section of our site.

Concerns, company responses & non-responses

The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct.  Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding child labour.  We also indicate when a company has not responded.

India: NGO report says child labour continues in cotton supply chain - some bonded, Sep 2007.  Responses by Bayer, Monsanto.

Karnataka, India: Mines, minerals & PEOPLE says child labour used in iron ore and granite mines, Apr 2005.  Responses by Jindal Vijayanagar Steel, National Mineral Development Corporation.  No response received from Mysore Minerals.

Mexico: LabourStart campaign alleges child labour at Rubie's Costume Co. facility, reportedly supplying Time Warner, Oct 2005.  Responses by Rubie's, Time Warner.

Nigeria: Business Day (Nigeria) alleges child labour at Lee Group factory, May 2008.   Lee Group response.

Lawsuits regarding child labour

Firestone lawsuit (re Liberia)

Articles & reports mentioning other child labour lawsuits (note: this links to the search results for material on our website referring both to "child labour" and "lawsuits" - not all articles will necessarily be focused on a child labour lawsuit)

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1 July 2008

Gap joins hands with govt for workers' rights [India]

Author: Press Trust of India

A year after being embroiled in a child labour controversy, leading US apparel and footwear brand Gap has embarked on a national initiative for welfare of children and women in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development and various...

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11 May 2008

Lee Group and abuse of Nigerian workers

Author: Editorial, Business Day [Nigeria]

Barely one week after May Day celebrations...workers of Lee Group of Companies in [Nigeria] raised an alarm over abuses and inhuman treatment meted out to them by to the president of the [National Union of Chemical, Footwears,...

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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...

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20 April 2007
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Author: Luis Lozano, [Argentina]

Desde el Ministerio de Trabajo se apunta a la Responsabilidad Social Empresaria como una clave para mejorar la calidad del empleo y más de 80 firmas de primer nivel ya se sumaron a la iniciativa. Ayer se firmó un convenio para combatir el trabajo...

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7 October 2005

Time Warner Exploits Child Labor in Mexico

Author: LabourStart

A group of young, mostly female workers in Hidalgo, Mexico, some as young as 13 years-old, who have made Harry Potter and other Halloween costumes with Warner Brothers [part of Time Warner] logos, have been illegally locked out [by Rubie's Costume...

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29 April 2005

Our Mining Children: Report of Fact Finding Team on Child Labourers in Iron Ore and Granite Mines, Bellary District of Karnataka

Author: mines, minerals & PEOPLE (mm&P); full report team: Dr. Shantha Sinha, M.V.Foundation, Hyderabad; Enakshi Ganguly Thukral, HAQ-Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi & Campaign against Child Trafficking; K. Bhanumathi – Samata, Hyderabad & mm&P; Dr. Satyalakshmi – mm&P & Movement Against Uranium Project, Hyderabad; Dr.Bhagyalakshmi – Convenor, Women and Mining, mines, minerals & PEOPLE, India; Narsimhamurthy and Harish Jogi – Campaign Against Child Labour, Karnataka; Dominique .D – Oxfam Swaraj, Karnataka

Child labour are working in very large and alarming numbers in the iron-ore and granite mines of Hospet-Bellary region of Karnataka state...The working and living conditions of child workers are highly exploitative, inhuman and do not have even the...

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1 April 2005

UNICEF UK's Child Labour Resource Guide


[The Guide] makes a compelling case for business action on child labour, offers a basic step-by-step approach to managing child labour risk responsibly...considers international legal standards [and] these standards are directly relevant to...

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