Vauxhall and BMW among car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint

Author(s): Peter Bengtsen, Annie Kelly | Date: July 28, 2016 | Language: English
Source: theguardian.com | URL: https://goo.gl/ZgdYmg

Some of the world’s biggest car makers including Vauxhall, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi are launching investigations into their paint supply chains after the Guardian linked their suppliers to illegal mines in India where child labour and debt bondage are widespread.

Children as young as 10 work at mines for mica, a mineral that creates the shimmery car paint used on millions of vehicles around the world.

Although largely unknown to consumers, mica is highly valued for its ability to reflect and refract light. In 2014, the cosmetics industry came under fire for child labour in its mica supply chains, but mica is also widely used by other global industries.

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