Photo: Oscar Timmers

At least twenty thousand children work in mica mines in the region Jharkhand/Bihar, India. They work long hours in dangerous conditions. Mica is used in cosmetics, car paints, and many other products. On 22 May 2016, Terre des Hommes launched a child labour campaign and petition based on extensive research by SOMO.

Irene Schipper (Senior researcher at SOMO): ”This is a good example of our supply chain research, which identifies a severe human rights violation (child labour) deep in the supply chain and connects it to well-known end-users. Other actors in the mica supply chain – such as exporting and importing middlemen – are also identified”.