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02 06 the facts kota 10 12 how it started working with the eti 18 working with the community

kota this is kota a district in rajasthan kota has 947 villages and a population of over 1.5 million in kota many families work in local quarries cutting and working stone ultimately destined for the uk market some are migrant families travelling long distances to find work to feed and clothe their children indian sandstone is very popular in the uk – in 2007 over 2 million m2 was imported into the uk from india though marshalls estimates that this is only 1 of local production and not all the imported stone is manufactured to ethical or even basic standards 06 most quarry labourers in this region earn 120 rupees a day the equivalent of £1.55 in the uk the work is arduous it is physically demanding and there is no guarantee any worker will get this minimum wage or be adequately equipped for the job it is also not uncommon to see children as young as 5 working in stone quarries although illegal estimated figures put the number of child labourers in india at 17 million child

in 2006 marshalls embarked on a long and often difficult journey snubbed by many criticized along the way marshalls worked hard to tackle socially important issues by raising awareness of the need for ethics in the supply chain “so many disputed the fact that child labour was still in existence it was only by being in india that we saw it for ourselves and decided to do something about it that was in 2006 since then we’ve set out to talk about the serious issues affecting our industry we just can’t turn a blind eye to the harsh realities we have to work with people and organisations that can make a difference on the ground that way we can make a real impact.” chris harrop group marketing director by 08 working alongside its sandstone supplier stoneshippers india marshalls put in place a programme of activity to prove that marshalls’ fairstone has been made

how it started in 2006 a marshalls team visited a number of quarries in rajasthan shocking images awaited them “from here we are taken to a nearby illegal quarry run we are told by an ex-bandit the difference in the two sites is quite marked the first thing we see when entering causes me great concern two boys are clearly bare footed with no gloves no ear protection and no eye protection one of them is also clearly under 18.” “we turn off the road and into a huge area of spoil heaps to see for ourselves the effect that quarrying has had however the first site that meets us is particularly upsetting a girl is making setts – she cannot be much older than 10.” from chris harrop’s blog 5 december 2006 10 back in the uk it was clear that those child labour issues had not been raised in the industry so marshalls set out to take action and bring the issue to the attention of those who really should know about it – consumers buying indian

working with the eti as marshalls got more involved in the issues facing the indian sandstone market it was clear that a standard was needed for doing things the right way in 2007 marshalls became the first company in the hard landscaping industry to join the ethical trading initiative eti 12 12 the eti is a unique organisation bringing together global companies trade unions and ngos with the focus on developing practical solutions to ethical trade that deliver concrete benefits for

independent auditing 14

a true partnership whilst marshalls works with different overseas suppliers its relationship with stoneshippers india has pioneered ethical supply chain management the partnership is based on the eti base code and builds on marshalls’ sustainable approach resulting in challenges and successes that are inevitable when organisations wish to stand by every aspect of their supply chain 16

working with the community since 2007 marshalls has funded the work of hadoti hast shlip sansthan hadoti is an ngo helping to improve the lives of vulnerable families working in the quarries around bundi and kota 18 18 in 2009 marshalls and hadoti now run 4 free schools and 6 free health centres in the heart of the quarrying area in bundi – giving children an education they would not have received and ensuring that their welfare and the welfare of their families are catered

recognition and praise marshalls’ work in india has pioneered ethical supply chain management and has been recognised and praised by a number of reputable organisations in 2008 marshalls was awarded a big tick and was highly commended by the business in the community awards for its approach to ethics in the supply chain stephen howard chief executive of business in the community said “i congratulate marshalls on winning a big tick for the john lewis waitrose supply chain award their programme which looked at the implications of importing indian sandstone demonstrates great innovation and impact in working with suppliers.” marshalls’ big tick was re-accredited in 2009 since then marshalls has also won the sustain award for international trade and the award for achievement in sustainability at the plc awards 20

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