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Misrepresentation of facts by Limagrain

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September 4, 2019

On June 18, France2 broadcasted the documentary “Cash Investigation”. It addressed, among other items, the issue of child labour and the non-payment of minimum wages in the seed sector. Limagrain, one of the seed companies mentioned in the documentary, has given an official response to this. In that reaction, the former name of Arisa (ICN) is used incorrectly twice.

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“Les chiffres montrés dans le reportage de cash investigation sont émis par l’ONG ICN et concernent la situation générale en Inde.
Concernant Limagrain, en 2018, cette même ONG a produit un rapport qui indique que pour les sous-traitants ayant travaillé pour Limagrain, seuls deux enfants ont été identifiés sur 700 fermes contrôlées (soit moins de 1%). Ces situations ont été immédiatement traitées par nos Responsables des Programmes Sociaux.
Tant qu’il subsistera un enfant au travail, ce ne sera pas satisfaisant et nous ne baissons pas la garde.”

In the quote above it seems as if the figure of less than 1% comes from research by Arisa. That is not the case. For our report “Remedies for Indian seed workers in sight?” we approached Limagrain with the request to provide insight into their figures and their efforts to combat child labour. We have included the figures that Limagrain has given us in our report, without further verification.

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“Toutefois, aujourd’hui, nous ne sommes pas encore en mesure de contrôler que l’intégralité des soustraitants versent effectivement ces niveaux de rémunération à leurs salariés. Cette problématique étant malheureusement encore trop répandue au sein des exploitations agricoles, nous avons engagé un plan d’actions avec l’ONG ICN et d’autres acteurs du secteur ainsi que les pouvoirs publics.”

This statement is incorrect. We do not work together with Limagrain on a plan of action and therefore we do not want the company to pretend otherwise.We were only in contact with Limagrain about the aforementioned report.

 

After the broadcast of “Cash Investigation”, we confronted Limagrain with the above points and asked for a response. The company said to regret that their press release did not give a correct representation of the situation regarding the involvement of Arisa and stated that they would like to continue the dialogue with us regarding child labour and wages in the seed sector in India. We will take this up in the coming months.