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Committing to an Ethical Supply Chain

Committing to an Ethical Supply Chain – Managing Director Steve Walley talks us through why having an ethical supply chain is important to our business

A common misconception about incorporating ethical sourcing into your business is that it costs money. Putting resources into investigating working conditions has to affect margins doesn’t it?

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I thought so too. When London Stone decided to make ethical sourcing part of our business, it was based on a desire to enhance our brand. What soon became clear, though, was the enormous boost ethical sourcing gave us, not only to good business practices, but also to profitability. read more

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and What’s To Come – Part 4: Looking Towards the Future

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and What’s To Come

In this four-part series, we’ll look back at the No Child Left Behind program, the progress that’s been made, and explore what’s on the horizon.

Part 4: Looking Towards the Future

The mines are a long way from civilisation. Making change is a huge challenge

The mines are a long way from civilisation. Achieving any change here will be an enormous challenge.

Now that the No Child Left Behind programme has some established successes, it’s time to begin looking towards the future. In this case, that means expanding much of the work towards also helping the broader community, and in particular addressing the standards in the yards and mines. read more

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and what’s To Come – Part 3: The Work Pays Off

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and what’s To Come

In this four-part series, we’ll look back at the No Child Left Behind program, the progress that’s been made, and explore what’s on the horizon.

Part 3: The Work Pays Off

Tangible results, getting children back into education

The project has delivered real and tangible results, getting children back into education.

Since the beginning of No Child Left Behind, tremendous progress has been made in getting children out of work and back into schools. In fact, according to the report “Stop Child Labour – Out of Work Programme – End Term Evaluation” from the Stop Child Labour Coalition, 361 children were prevented from child labour and an additional 593 were withdrawn from child labour, out of a total 1,019 children who were initially identified as “out of school.” In addition, seven schools (including six primary and one secondary) are now fully functional compared with only one before. There are also eight pre-school centres (Anganwadis), which were non-existent before. Additional teachers are also expected to be appointed, as a result of the ongoing lobbying of the state government. read more

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and what’s To Come – Part 2: The Project Begins to Take Shape

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and what’s To Come

In this four-part series, we’ll look back at the No Child Left Behind program, the progress that’s been made, and also explore what’s on the horizon.

Part 2: The Project Begins to Take Shape

The Manjari team after a multi stakeholder meeting

The Manjari team after a multi stakeholder meeting.

With a project such as No Child Left Behind, ensuring its long-term success is a complicated proposition. While organisations outside the region may sometimes be tempted to take control of the various aspects of the project from abroad, the reality is that this type of remote management has serious limitations. For a project like this to be successful, it must be run by a competent team of professionals on the ground who have a deep knowledge of the community they’re serving, as well as an understanding of the type of bureaucracy and general challenges they will be facing. read more

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and What’s To Come – Part 1: A Beginning Filled with Hope and Uncertainty

No Child Left Behind: A Retrospective Series on the Progress Made and What’s To Come

In this four-part series, we’ll look back at the No Child Left Behind program, the progress that’s been made, and also explore what’s on the horizon.

Part 1: A Beginning Filled with Hope and Uncertainty

Budhpura. A semi rural Indian village highly vulnerable to Child Labour

Budhpura. A semi-rural Indian village highly vulnerable to Child Labour.

To begin a project like No Child Left Behind was a daunting proposition. It meant walking into Budhpura, a village rife with challenges and steeped in tradition, with the goal of creating significant change. For the team involved in getting the project off the ground, there was no shortage of emotion – from hope to fear and everything in between.
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