June 17, 2024

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Rihanna Fenty Natural beauty brand name under lens in India for ‘using mica from mines employing child labour’



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New Delhi: International pop star Rihanna, who designed a stir in India by tweeting in guidance of the protesting farmers, is now less than the scanner of the Countrywide Commission For Defense of Little one Legal rights (NCPCR) for allegedly using mica from Indian mines — the place “child labourers do the job in dire conditions” — in her cosmetics brand ‘Fenty Beauty’.

NCPCR chairman Priyank Kanoongo advised The Print they are searching into the matter and “would do the needful”.

This will come immediately after the NCPCR acquired a grievance Friday from NGO Legal Rights Observatory (LRO). 

The complaint, a copy of which is with ThePrint, reported, “As for each stories, US pop star Rihanna’s beauty solution ‘Fenty Beauty’ takes advantage of blood mica from Jharkhand in which boy or girl labourers work in dire problems.”

“To verify that the mica is free of child labour, there are certificate organizations. But media reports say that Fenty Attractiveness don’t have supply chain clearance certification (SCCC) from both of the two.”

Demanding an investigation into the make a difference, the LRO stated, “With this letter, we would like to request you to examine no matter if Fenty Magnificence is utilizing uncertified mica and if accurate then remember to commence acceptable penal motion against the company and its house owners.”

Kanoongo reported the NCPCR has sought reaction and clarification from the field physique, Accountable Mica Initiative (RMI). 

“We have obtained a reaction on e-mail from RMI that the offer chain that gives mica to Fenty Splendor is not registered with them,” he said.

Questioned no matter if Rihanna has been served a discover, the NCPCR chairman reported, “We haven’t despatched any notices but. We are looking into the subject. We are committed to do whatever is essential for defense of child legal rights. So considerably, we have received this created reaction from RMI on our question.”

ThePrint arrived at the PR agency for Fenty Splendor by means of e-mail for a comment. This report will be updated when they reply.

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What is RMI?

The RMI is a international coalition for motion to allow liable and sustainable mica provide chain in India that is free of baby labour. 

Just one of the key pursuits that it carries out is ‘Mica Supply Chain Mapping and Office Standards for Mica Assortment and Processing’ for its associates.

In accordance to RMI’s formal site, “Members need to map the source of mica in their items to exporters, processors and mines in India.”

“Each member’s supply chain participant have to then adopt workplace setting, health and fitness, security and truthful labour practices that include a prohibition on the use of boy or girl labour.”

According to RMI, India is the world’s biggest resource of mica, a mineral that is utilized in a large array of industries. It is mined extensively in jap Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand wherever a assortment of elements add to weak functioning disorders, which include the use of child labour.

(The author is analysis director with Delhi-based mostly consider tank Vichar Vinimay Kendra. He has authored two textbooks on the RSS.)

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