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Client Type : Corporate , Civil Society Organisation
Practice Area : Corporate Social Responsibility , NGO Engagement
Project Type : Monitoring & Evaluation , Research
Project Status : Completed Projects
Sectors : Education , Skill Development , Livelihoods

Client: Save the Children, Finland

Timelines:November 2014-February 2015

Scale: Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Objective: The framework on Children’s Rights and Business principle (developed jointly by UNICEF, UN Global Compact and Save the Children) seeks to guide companies on the range of actions that can be taken at the workplace, market place and community to respect and support children’s rights. Embedded within this framework, this collaborative study between Save the Children and NRMC India:

  • Mapped the supply chain of Stora Enso India
  • Provided a situational analysis of child labour and forms of violation of child rights in the supply chain of recycled paper
Proposed suitable measures to address it

NRMC India’s Role:

  • Used a qualitative approach to obtain relevant information from a range of actors, including children and adults engaged in waste collection, waste aggregators (small, medium and large), paper mills manufacturing kraft paper in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Tamil Nadu.
  • Interactions were also held with the workers & management of Stora Enso plant in Tamil Nadu, government officials, representatives of UN agencies and NGOs working on rehabilitation and mainstreaming of children withdrawn from work.
  • Overall, by tracing the journey of collection of waste paper till the time it reaches Stora Enso, the study presented a comprehensive understanding of the supply chain of kraft paper, identified particular nodes in the said chain where children are working, the possible options for interventions by Stora Enso India to prevent and reduce the incidence of working children in its supply chain as part of its socially responsible business strategy.
Through a review of relevant regulations, policies and programmes, the study also laid out a broad canvas for Stora and other industry players to potentially converge and leverage the ecosystem in their effort to address child labour in the recycled paper industry