Paving supplier Marshalls has launched a partnership to combat child labour in India’s sandstone quarrying sector.

Marshalls joins forces with UNICEF to fight child labour

The partnership, to be run in conjunction with UNICEF, aims to benefit thousands of children in some of the poorest stone-mining communities in Rajasthan, northern India.

According to Marshalls, approximately 250,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone are shipped to the UK from Rajasthan every year, much of which ends up in garden patios and pavements across the country. Preventing the use of child labour in the production of this material and transforming the lives of vulnerable children in stone quarrying communities, are among issues that Marshalls and UNICEF will tackle together. Marshalls say this partnership will be the first anti-child-labour focused alliance of its kind within the UK’s stone manufacturing sector.
As part of its efforts Marshalls will donate £1 to UNICEF from the sale of every square metre of its ethically sourced garden paving product Fairstone.

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