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Appeal Arisa to companies to join the TruStone Initiative
In order to achieve the greatest possible impact, it is essential that a large number of Flemish and Dutch companies and contracting authorities sign up to the TruStone Initiative.
Participation is essential to ensure maximum impact in the value chain. Customers and municipalities are also increasingly demanding sustainable natural stone. Perhaps the most important stakeholders in this sector are government authorities. We are already seeing that a growing number of public procurement agencies require that companies have done their due diligence and know where the stones are coming from.
Businesses that sign up to this Initiative will be assisted in organising and implementing such a due diligence processes. In this way, they will help bring about improvements – as working conditions – in the value chain, and increase their chances of winning contracts.
Arisa, CNV and FNV are calling on companies to join the TruStone Initiative! Support our appeal by Retweeting our Tweets: https://twitter.com/arisafoundation/ !
For more information on the TruStone Initiative, visit: https://www.imvoconvenanten.nl/natuursteen/initiatief/meedoen?sc_lang=en.
Successful collaborations with the private sector in programme Getting Down to Business
An external evaluation of the Getting Down to Business programme that took place from July 2017 up to July 2019, was carried out by the consultancy firm ACE Europe. The evaluation concluded that Stop Child Labour (SCL)has been very successful in setting up collaborations with the private sector in different supply chains and working with different approaches tailored to that specific context. The evaluation team also applauds the creative and innovative strategies of SCL in identifying unusual leverage points such as through working with associations of tenants or working with teacher unions.
Read here the full SCL Management Response and the Evaluation Report: https://stopchildlabour.org/external-evaluation-confirms-successful-collaborations-with-the-private-sector-in-getting-down-to-business-programme/.
Arisa wants to strengthen efforts of signatory brands
As a party to the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), Arisa has conducted a risk assessment in the supply chain of signatories to the Agreement. This risk assessment is part of the collective project on combatting child labour within the AGT in South India and Bangladesh.
Read the article on IMVOConvenanten.nl (July 9, 2019): https://www.imvoconvenanten.nl/garments-textile/news/2019/7/arisa-tamil-nadu?sc_lang=en.
12 areas near Tirupur declared as Child Labour Free Zone
On 27 June the Indian NGO SAVE officially declared 12 areas near the T-shirt capital of Inda, Tirupur, as Child Labour Free Zones. In order to eliminate child labour and thus stop the vicious circle of poverty and underdevelopment, SAVE organised many meetings with the local community, school officials and industry players in the district. Education for children is essential, and thus all children must go to school instead of being employed.
For more information on the activities of SAVE and for impressions of the declarations of June 27, visit: http://savengo.org/index.php.
Interview with anti-child labour activist Shantha Sinha
Professor Shantha Sinha has been an anti-child labour activist for the past 35 years, and was among the earliest voices in the country fighting for the rights of children to attain a formal education. She is the founder of Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MVF), and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Hyderabad Central University. Shantha’s efforts have resulted in policy change at the national and state level, and more than 1,000 villages across the state of Telangana are child-labour free today, due to the work of her foundation. MVF has since scaled its work nationally and globally, partnering with the Stop Child Labour Campaign.
Read the full interview with Shantha Sinha on FeminismIndia.com (Jun 21, 2019): https://feminisminindia.com/2019/06/21/shantha-sinha-interview-anti-child-labour/.
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