Feb 052010

In 2002 Bayer CropScience acquired the Indian company Proagro and inadvertently inherited suppliers that have children handling seeds on its farms.

Although forbidden, child labor is a reality on several poor rural communities in India. Legislation requires that children go to school but in many families, children work for subsistence.

Fim do trabalho infantil

D Sharon Pruitt

To solve this complicated situation Bayer took a few successful steps:

  • Paid a price 5% to 7,5% higher for suppliers that did not have children working on their farms
  • Gave a  productivity training  to farmers
  • Made clear in its contracts with farmers that children labor was forbidden and gradually punished  farmers that did not comply
  • Developed partnerships with local NGOs to create Study Centers on local villages, so children could prepare themselves for formal school instead of work
  • Created street theaters with NGOs, communities, families and children showing that labor should be replaced by education for all children
  • Invited NGOs to verify and confirm the falling rates of children working at its suppliers’ fields
  • Communicated all these initiatives on its Sustainability Report

As a result in 2006, 650 children had become students of the Study Center and stopped working on fields.

See more at the "Stakeholder Engagement and the Board" report:http://www.ifc.org/

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Sueli Chiozzotto é formada em engenharia de produção pela Escola Politécnica da USP, tem MBA pela Universidade da California em Berkeley e é sócia da MGM Partners, onde desenvolve projetos nas áreas de sustentabilidade, responsabilidade e investimentos sociais para empresas, fundações e ONGs.
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