Exhibition “helping stones” of the BBK Kassel

Installation from Gerda Waha

Foto: Karl-Heinz Mierke

Foto: Karl-Heinz Mierke

Stones block the way. At first glance, randomly brought up cobblestones force us to pause. On closer inspection you can see the faces of exhausted children between the other gray, faceless stones, they tell the story of a lost childhood.

Child workers, have more in common with the gray street paving stones than the first glance might suggest. Just like this, you pave the way for other people. Too often they get under the wheels themselves.

Stones help, because stumbling over stones makes us pause, take a closer look – this is how the still numerous child laborers are relieved of their anonymity.

Stumble, pause, look, reflect and take it into your own life –


Fotos: Karl-Heinz Mierke

Foto: Karl-Heinz Mierke

When? Vom 26. September bis 01. November 2015

Where? Im Naturparkzentrum Habichtswald
Auf dem Dörnberg, 34289 Zierenberg

For the exhibition “Helping Stones?” The Marburg artist Gerda Waha has resumed and expanded an old project “On the Disappearance of Childhood”. The stones not only serve as stumbling blocks, they also give every viewer the possibility of direct help. A large part of the proceeds from the sale of the individual stones after the exhibition is donated to XertifiX Sozialprojekte e.V.

2020-06-04T14:28:50+02:00August 26th, 2015|

K. Satyarthi & M. Yousafzai receive Nobel Peace Prize

Kailash Satyarthi gets Peace Nobel Prize
We congratulate Kailash Sarthiaty for his commitment against child labor. We also congratulate the Nobel Prize Committee for highlighting the topic of child labor and combating it worldwide.
XertifiX co-founder Benjamin Pütter, together with Kailash Satyarthi, initiated and conducted the worldwide Global March against Child Labor. The main themes of Satyarthi have always been the abolition of child labor in the carpet and stone industry and in this context XertifiX e.V. has been established.

2019-09-23T12:13:40+02:00October 10th, 2014|

NRW: Cabinet decides new funeral law

Municipalities authorized to ban gravestones from child labor

The state government has passed a new law which, among other things, authorizes municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia to ban gravestones from child labor. “By law, we enable cemetery wards to prohibit the construction of gravestones from exploitative child labor that will destroy the lives of girls and boys,” Minister Steffens said after the Cabinet meeting. Before the law was passed, numerous groups and associations were consulted last year.

After Saarland, Bremen and Baden-Württemberg, NRW is the fourth federal state to legally authorize municipalities to ban gravestones from child labor. In Bavaria, according to recent constitutional and administrative court judgments, such an authorization is no longer necessary.

Please refer: Press release of the state government NRW (German)
See also: Westfälische Nachrichten

2019-09-23T12:12:05+02:00April 25th, 2013|

Gigantic scam scandal at PRP Granite

Granit tycoon Palanichamy suspected of fraud

One of the big Indian granite producers and exporters, PRP Granites and PRP Exports, is involved in a gigantic fraud scandal surrounding illegal granite mining. In the course of detecting and investigating the fraud, the owner of PRP Granite, Mr. P. Palanichamy, was remanded, his home was searched, and granite mining licenses were suspended. Meanwhile, the wife of Mr. Palanichamy, two sons, a daughter and a daughter-in-law are under suspicion of fraud.

Mr. P. Palanichamy is one of thirteen lifetime members of the powerful Indian Monument Manufacturers Association (IMMA) Indian Tomb Association.

Please refer: Five more cases booked against P.R. Palanichamy
Please refer: PRP firms admitted their guilt, says government

2019-09-23T11:19:03+02:00April 15th, 2013|

IGEP threatens Earthlink with lawsuit

The Indo-German Export Promotion (IGEP) Earthlink is threatened with a lawsuit, as can be read on the website of the “Active against child labor” campaign. The background was a study on natural stone seals commissioned by the city of Hanover. As a result of the study, Earthlink presented the information they received from the respective seal initiatives. IGEP has not agreed to the presentation and is now apparently threatening to file a lawsuit.

Earthlink about it: “If the IGEP Foundation is actually dealing with a legal dispute with a small non-governmental organization like Earthlink eV, it has robbed it of its credibility solely by threatening to atart a legal dispute. The stubborn refusal, at least, to provide us with the relevant documents on the alleged standardization at least now sending it out to us or making it available on the Internet (in connection with an inflationary flood of threatening emails and registered mail in the past few days) raises the question for me whether the exaggerated outrage about our comparative presentation should only mask the fact that there are no serious basic labor law standards.”

See also: IGEP-Foundation droht mit Klage gegen Earthlink

2020-05-29T08:39:19+02:00September 17th, 2012|

XertifiX for better working and environmental conditions

XertifiX expands control criteria and strengthens sealing requirements

After long preparation and numerous consultations, the XertifiX criteria, which form the basis of our inspections, were extended at the board meeting on 27.04.2012. On our website you will find the list of XertifiX criteria .

The main focus of XertifiX remains the effective and successful fight against child labor through unannounced controls, education and support for schools.

However, we see the potential that the working conditions we control for the adult workers, as well as the environmental conditions, can be gradually improved in the companies we control. We start with the status quo of each quarry and each factory and develop from this starting point the respective intermediate targets to be fulfilled. The XertifiX criteria are hereby the target catalogue, which is worked on in each quarry and each factory.

Decisive is the willingness and implementation of a gradual improvement. Each year, in addition to the unannounced controls, the announced audit takes place, in which the inspector together with the person responsible for the production site jointly determines the progress to be achieved within one year. This target agreement is then binding and must be implemented within one year.

We are confident that in this way we will be taking another important step towards improving the production conditions of Indian natural stones.

2019-09-23T08:56:05+02:00May 18th, 2012|

Nordindien: Zwei Polizisten bei Steinbruchkontrollen ermor

Diese Woche erreicht uns von unserem Nordindien-Inspektor die Nachricht, dass in Madhya Pradesh zwei hochrangige Polizisten bei Kontrollen von illegalen Steinbrüchen ermordet wurden:

There have been some new developments in Madhya Pradesh – where there have been two high profile murders (within a span of just one week) of senior Police officers who were trying to control the illegal mining in that area. As such, there is high alert in the area and movement of people is restricted to prevent further such instances.

Wir werden daher auch die XertifiX-Inspektionen in der Region in Madhya Pradesh aussetzen, bis die Situation unter Kontrolle ist.
Hintergrund: In Indien wird ein beträchtlicher Anteil der Natursteine in Steinbrüchen abgebaut, für die keine Steuern an den Staat abgeführt werden, sog. illegale Steinbrüche ohne staatliche Lizenz.

2012-03-15T12:21:37+01:00March 15th, 2012|

Bundestag motion: ban on child labor products

Members of the Bundestag are proposing that the import, trade and use of products made by exploitative child labor be banned. It also calls for “… to campaign internationally against exploitative child labor in accordance with ILO Convention 182, in particular to initiate and advocate regulations on trade bans and the prevention of market access for stone and other products manufactured in this way in the World Trade Organization to enforce the ban in EU member states. ”

Please refer (German): Bundestagsantrag

2020-09-01T14:53:40+02:00May 18th, 2011|

Bremen beschließt Änderung des Gesetzes über Friedhofswe

“Der Friedhofsträger kann in seiner Friedhofsordnung festlegen, dass nur
Grabsteine und Grabeinfassungen verwendet werden dürfen, die nachweislich
aus fairem Handel stammen und ohne ausbeuterische Kinderarbeit im Sinne des
Übereinkommen Nr. 182 der Internationalen Arbeitsorganisation vom 17. Juni
1999 über das Verbot und unverzügliche Maßnahmen zur Beseitigung der
schlimmsten Formen der Kinderarbeit (BGBl. 2001 II S. 1290) hergestellt sind.”
siehe: Änderungsantrag

Der Änderungsantrag von SPD und Bündnis 90/Die Grünen wird am 10.11.2010 in erster und zweiter Lesung beschlossen.

siehe: Beschlussprotokoll

2010-11-17T11:49:26+01:00November 17th, 2010|

ARTE report on XertifiX

On November 25, 2009, at 10:30 pm, the television channel ARTE reported on the work of XertifiX in the show ZOOM EUROPA.

For more information, please visit here for 7 days.

2019-09-16T17:32:06+02:00November 23rd, 2009|


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