The John Lewis Foundation and the British Asian Trust are tackling child labour in supply chains in India by working with key businesses to become child labour free. This transformation requires a united approach from business, government, and civil society to stop the exploitation of children and creation of a demand and market for child labour free goods and services.
Jaipur city in Rajasthan, India, is a major hub for arts and traditional handicrafts, with many shops and workshops producing fine goods for domestic and international markets. In Jaipur’s workshops and factories, there are an estimated 50,000 children working in hazardous conditions to produce bangles, embroidery, sarees, carpets and other handicrafts. The children are typically forced to work 15 hours a day in confined spaces. Some of the children are local, but the majority come from the state of Bihar, more than 1,000 Km away. They suffer damage to vision, burns, chronic coughs and even finger malformation.
With funding from the John Lewis Foundation, the British Asian Trust and partner the Freedom Fund are working with businesses to combat trafficking and child labour within their supply chains by:
• Identifying children in situations of exploitation and strengthening the systems to remove them from production lines
• Training and supporting adults to replace child labour in supply chains
• Engaging major companies in becoming child labour free
• Promoting the production and market of child labour free goods for domestic and international markets