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Publication Date Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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India is one of the top five producers of natural stone worldwide. Around 10% of the natural stone traded on the world market is sourced from India. Half of the total world exports of granite comes from India, making India by far the largest global exporter of granite.

This report describes human rights and labour rights violations in the South Indian granite industry. Amongst other abuses debt bondage (a form of modern slavery), child labour, unsafe and unhealthy working and living conditions, low wages, non-payment of overtime and lacking workplace facilities (no provision of clean drinking water, for instance) are rampant in South Indian granite quarries.

Companies have a responsibility to respect human rights. This report reflects the urgency of effective measures against human rights abuses in lower tiers of granite supply chains of western and other companies who are sourcing granite from South India. The report shows the need for natural stone companies as well as end-users, for example in the funeral (gravestones) and building sector (kitchen tops, floor and wall tiles etc.) to increase transparency in their supply chains, conduct risk assessments and remediate a range of human rights violations. Also, the research findings reflect the need for improved policies and enforcement of laws by the Government of India and state governments.

Source URL: India Committee of the Netherlands

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