De Landelijke India Werkgroep verzint kinderarbeid

Op 19 mei 2016 verklaart Terre des Hommes op Radio1 dat er 20.000 kinderen in micamijnen werken. Westerse bedrijven waaronder HEMA, Ahold, AkzoNobel en Philips worden in het rapport ‘Beauty and a beast, Child labour in mica mining in India for sparkling cars and cosmetics´ van maart 2016, genoemd als afnemer van mica. In een mail vraag ik Terre des Hommes naar de waarheidsvinding over het aantal van 20.000 kinderen. Het blijkt achteraf om een schatting te gaan. Vervolgens wijs ik Terre des Homme...

Child labour in a state owned biscuit factory

Biscuit factory
Muslim Town in the south of India, millions of mobs between rice fields, crossroads of trade silver, the core of global software industry and a spectacle of light in the Golconda Fort: this is Hyderabad. For a western guy, this is not a well-known cosmopolitan, but the area contains 7.7 million residents (7 times Amsterdam). In other words: this city is grotesque. Some years ago I talked with activist K. Satyanarayana Rao of the M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation, better known as MV Foundation. Ac...

Child Labour & recycling of batteries

WHAT'S IN A BATTERY? There are two different types of batteries: primary and secondary. The chemical reactions that occur in primary batteries are irreversible, the stored energy can be used only once making the battery disposable. The chemical reactions that occur in secondary batteries are however reversible. These batteries can be recharged many times and gradually lose the ability to take and release energy. There are many types of household batteries with different variations of c...