Marshalls acts on child labour with Unicef

Landscaping manufacturer Marshalls has signed a partnership deal with UNICEF UK to work at stamping out child labour in India.

Marshalls acts on child labour with Unicef

Marshalls has pledged to donate £1 to UNICEF from the sale of every square metre (1m2) of its ethically sourced Fairstone paving range as part of a new three-year partnership with the organisation.

Chris Harrop, director of sustainability at Marshalls, said: “I could not be more proud of our partnership with UNICEF UK.

“Child labour is a persistent, unacceptable and complex global issue, and despite many British consumers being more aware of the need to choose ethically sourced products I doubt that many people realise that an issue even exists when they are choosing Indian Sandstone for their garden makeover.

“It is appalling that children, some as young as five or six, work in dangerous and terrifying conditions in quarries. How would we feel if these were our own children? It doesn’t bear thinking about.”

David Bull, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director, said: “We are delighted that Marshall’s is supporting UNICEF through sales of the Fairstone range of products.

“Funds raised through our partnership will be used to help transform the lives of children in India’s poorest stone quarrying communities. We know that child labour exists in the India’s quarrying sector and more widely across the country and around the world.

“With Marshalls’ support we will be conducting research to understand the challenges facing children working in stone quarries and set strategies to address this.”

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