better working conditions in factories and quarries
Independent and unannounced inspections in Asian manufacturing facilities
the commitment to disadvantaged working families and their children
the assistance of affected child laborers
XertifiX is an NGO that fights for better working conditions and environmental protection in the Asian stone sector. On a regular basis, we inspect factories and quarries in India, China and Vietnam to make sure that our standard criteria are fulfilled. The standard comprises the ILO core labour conventions, including the prohibition of child labour and slavery, better health and safety protection of adult workers, fair wages and working hours, environmental protection and legality. If the requirements are fulfilled XertifiX issues certificates for the stones. Herewith, fairly produced stones can be imported from Asia!
In Asian quarries and factories, we use audits to determine the working conditions, environmental protection and legality. Then the producers have the chance to gradually improve. They are supported by the XertifiX standard, which has been broken down into several smaller parts. As a result, it is possible even for smaller producers to undertake the necessary individual measures for improvement.
In addition, we are guided by the supply chain due diligence approach. XertifiX has developed a model of risk assessment and possible risk mitigation measures for the natural stone sector. Together with the audits, XertifiX provides the trade with a practical toolbox that can effectively improve social and environmental working conditions.
Fair work for the parents + good schools = future for the children
Ingrid Sehrbrock, XertifiX e.V., Chairwoman
Fair and decent produced natural stones from Asia are feasible!
Dr. Walter Schmidt, XertifiX e.V., CEO
Ban on child labor without help for children is cynical!
Benjamin Pütter, XertifiX e.V., Co-Founder
How to combat child labor and slave labor? Prohibitions alone do not help. You have to start much wider. Those who pay unfair wages, those who ignore health and safety, who allow unsafe working conditions, risk sickness and undersupply of workers and promotes the cycle of poverty, poor education and poor job prospects. In addition, child labor not only harms the children themselves because they can not attend school or graduate. As children’s labor supply increases, the pressure on adult wages increases. They are all the more easily extortionable with lowest wages.
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