The Truth About Indian Sandstone 2016 by Marshalls

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where indian sandstone ends up… the dream redesigning your outside space is one of the most exciting transformations you could make to your home creating the right fusion of hard and soft landscaping is essential to good garden design and can offer so many possibilities to suit your lifestyle but it’s not just getting the right balance between hard and soft landscaping that helps you to enjoy every moment in your garden 06 ensuring that the building materials in your garden are ethically sourced and environmentally sound means you can feel even better about your choices after all there’s no better place to help create a more sustainable landscape than in your own garden however most homeowners are completely unaware that much natural stone coming into the uk is from highly unethical sources with a large carbon footprint

why is marshalls involved in this issue many suppliers importing indian natural sandstone are not engaged in monitoring how their stone is produced however these independent checks are vital to ensure that indian sandstone coming into the uk is not linked to terrible abuses of human rights put simply buying from an independently verified source is the only way that you can be sure that your imported natural stone has not been produced by young children marshalls is fundamentally committed to sustainable development and to demonstrating a high degree of social responsibility particularly with regard to ethical trading and the environment as the only company in the hard landscaping industry to belong to the ethical trading initiative eti marshalls is committed to improving the lives of workers who make our products now marshalls aims to highlight issues linked to natural stone arriving in the uk so that consumers can understand the social and environmental impact of their choices 10

child labour in many indian quarries children work in harsh conditions producing stone setts carrying heavy loads wielding sledgehammers and operating jack-hammers without protective clothing on a recent trip to budphura chris harrop from marshalls witnessed for himself the disturbing scenes of children working in quarries to produce paving destined for the uk anti-slavery international estimates that roughly one million children work in india’s stone quarries ilab report 2003 various studies suggest that up to 25 of the workforce in quarries was made up of children finnish institute of occupational health child labour in sandstone mines 2002 ilab report 2003 little girls less than 10 years old perch miserably among the stone setts they have made this abuse cannot be allowed to continue unchecked 12

migrant workers migrant workers tend to come from the poorest rural communities and are usually landless peasants in search of any work they can find whole families of migrant workers often work in quarries as ‘spoil removers’ and are paid by the tractor load for the amount of quarry waste they remove migrant workers live among the spoil heaps without even the most basic facilities 16 there are no facilities in place for their health or the education of their children this represents another very serious issue for the sandstone industry – and one which marshalls is helping to address by funding the voluntary organisation hadoti hast shlip sansthan which aims to improve the lives of migrant labourers

illegal quarries in the bundi district illegal quarries and corruption are rife with many quarries operating recklessly and polluting the landscape while evading all legal responsibilities at these illegal quarries young boys and men can be seen working in open sandals with no gloves no ear protection and no eye protection 18 even during a brief visit there is clear evidence that children are working to produce setts and paving all around abandoned spoil heaps devastate the landscape yet in this immensely rural country even government land and protected areas cannot be entirely safeguarded from illicit quarrying

transport there’s no doubt that indian natural sandstone clocks up heavy mileage being shipped into the uk – it’s around 4476 miles from mumbai to london the carbon calculator at has been developed using independently verified product life cycle information to calculate how many tonnes of co2 – a greenhouse gas everyone’s trying to reduce – are generated in the manufacture supply and delivery of hard landscaping materials it shows that marshalls’ ethically sourced natural sandstone products generate 84 more co2 than marshalls’ similar product ranges such as heritage which looks like newly quarried yorkstone but is made from reconstituted concrete 22

environmental damage it is all too clear what effect quarrying has had on the water table in the bundi district years of stone quarrying have left their mark on the land travelling towards budhpura there are many abandoned quarries and fields of sandstone setts deserted spoil heaps seem to cover an endless area of what was once agricultural land rudimentary attempts by some quarry owners to replant spoil heaps demonstrates that at least some of the environmental damage can be repaired 24 but for now the dust from quarries is causing serious air and water pollution with degradation of topsoil and scarcity of groundwater making it even more difficult to scratch out a living in this harsh region

eti membership the ethical trading initiative eti is a diverse alliance of retailers and brands trade unions and non-governmental organisations ngos working collectively to tackle the complex questions posed by ethical trade marshalls is a member of the ethical trading initiative eti and has adopted the eti base code which is based on the ilo’s conventions and is widely accepted as a model code of practice it contains provisions based on the following principles • no-one should be forced to work • workers should be able to join and form trade unions • working conditions should be safe and healthy • child labour should not be used • working hours should not be excessive independent auditing “i was very pleased to see that stoneshippers india is working with the eti base code that marshalls has committed to implementing in its supply chain there are many areas that i have discussed with stoneshippers india to improve things further but it must

hadoti hast shlip sansthan in 2007 marshalls is funding hadoti hast shlip sansthan hhss an ngo which helps migrant workers to implement sustainable development programmes in the mining areas of rajasthan with marshalls‚ funding hadoti‚s immediate priorities will be providing medical aid through a mobile clinic and fortnightly medical camps to help treat widespread tuberculosis malaria and syphilis with match-funding from the indian government marshalls will also be paying for labourers‚ social security insurance aiming to reach 1000 workers in 2007 future initiatives will aim to provide safe water childcare training and education as well as supporting rural technology training and micro enterprises 30 marshalls’ commitments it has to be recognised that the culture and working practices in india are very different to those in the uk however certain working standards are absolutely non-negotiable for marshalls marshalls is also helping the local school attended

consumer choice surely it is simply unacceptable for uk gardeners to buy products that have been made using child labour or bonded labour and without any regard for social or environmental responsibility we need to understand how we can all contribute to the sustainability of our own domestic landscapes by choosing hard landscaping that has fair foundations these issues go far deeper than any one producer can address for progress to be made it is essential that people buying stone products sourced from india are aware of the very real impact that their choices make it is clear that great economic benefit is being gained by the indian industry exporting product to the uk and the rest of europe but this must be balanced with the two other essential strands of sustainability social progress and environmental protection only when the producers of unethical and environmentally damaging products are denied a market will those products be substituted for products produced in a more marshalls plc landscape house premier way lowfields business park elland hx5