UK Firms John Lewis And Habitat Withdraw Granite Worktops Over Child Slavery Concerns In India

“India is the largest global producer of granite, accounting for 49% of the world’s raw stone export in 2015.”

leading UK retail chains like John Lewis and Habitat have withdrawn granite products from their range over fears of child labour and slavery within its Indian supply chains.

Businesses selling granite products such as kitchen worktops and tiles are scrutinising the source of their products after global investigators discovered that debt bondage, underage workers and unsafe, unhealthy working conditions are part and parcel of daily working life in Indian quarries, according to a report in the ‘Observer

An investigation of 22 quarries and six waste stone processing sites in  Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka were recently published by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) and Stop Child Labour and revealed human rights and labour rights violations.

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