ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Corporate Governance and Child Labour

The web version of this article corrects a few errors that appeared in the print edition. Reviewing case studies that examine the role of corporate governance initiatives to eliminate child labour from the production process, the authors examine the important distinction between eliminating and ending child labour from production networks as the former deals with the demand-side while the latter deals with the supply-side of the child labour equation. They conclude that while corporate initiatives can deal with the demand-side, government development and social policy intervention is required to deal with the supply-side.

Combating Child Labour with Labels

The 1990s witnessed an increased concern for child labour with human rights groups, industry and consumer groups in the developed world launching several private initiatives to mitigate child labour in particular industries. Rugmark is one such 'labelling' initiative that seeks to provide an economic incentive for manufacturers to stop employing children in the carpet industry. This study based on field research in the districts of Mirzapur and Bhadohi in UP, the heartland of the hand-knotted carpet industry in India asks how much Rugmark and similar labelling initiatives have achieved in their efforts towards containing child labour and the factors likely to impede or boost their initiatives.
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