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Alleged child labour in the supply chain in India
Lead NCPGermany
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGOs German Watch, Global March, and Coordination gegen Bayer-Gefahren, regarding the activities of Bayer CropScience, a multinational enterprise, operating in India.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, General policies
Date11 Oct 2004
Host country(ies)India
SourceNGO
Industry sectorAgriculture, forestry and fishing
StatusConcluded
Summary

Read the final statement issued by the German NCP concluding the specific instance - 30 August 2007


In October 2004 the German NCP received a request for review by the NGOs German Watch, Global March, and Coordination gegen Bayer-Gefahren, alleging that Bayer CropScience, a multinational enterprise, had breached the general policies, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines in India.

The NGOs alleged that suppliers of Bayer CropScience in the Indian state of Andrah Pradesh employed children in cotton cultivation and that Bayer CropScience had not taken adequate measures to counter the practice. In response, Bayer CropScience argued that all reasonable means had been taken to prevent the practice.

The NCP conducted comprehensive discussions with the involved parties. This resulted in Bayer CropScience issuing a declaration (see page 3 of the NCP's final statement) committing itself to act in conformity with the principles set forth in the Guidelines. The NCP duly concluded the specific instance.