Philips initiated a multi-stakeholder program in 2016, to tackle the worst forms of child labor in Mica mines in Jharkand, India. In this region, there is a high poverty rate and low literacy and school attendance. Child labour occurs regularly at Mica mines in this area, and the mining and processing of Mica brings along various health and safety risks.
This project is aimed specifically at 14 villages in Koderma, Jharkhand, focusing on both livelihood and empowerment programs. Together with local partners, awareness raising workshops and activities were set-up, targeting children and their families, training local government officials on child rights, and supporting child protection structures at a village level. The project partners worked to mobilize adult Mica miners to actively cooperate and increase their livelihoods by, for example, forming groups for accessing resources and knowledge, capacity building in business development and marketing, collective marketing and access to fair price for Mica products. In addition, one of the deliverables focused on defining conditions for a responsible Indian Mica supply chain and developing advocacy plans to influence the private and public sector at large. The project was completed in September 2019.