Hamburg Business Centre
   
Schleswig-Holstein Business
Centre (WTSH)
   
Investment in Schleswig-
Holstein (WTSH)
   
BSCI Representative Office in India
   
Social Compliance and BSCI
   
IGEP - Certification
of Natural Stones
   
German-Indian Round Table (GIRT)
   
Mica and Stone Project
   
Rugmark Foundation India
 
The Little Keb-School
 
 

Rugmark

Rugmark is a certification trademark which assures importers and buyers that carpets with this label have been manufactured / exported by a company which has committed itself to work without illegal child labour and which is subject to an effective surveillance mechanism.

www.rugmarkindia.org

 
 

MICA and Stone Project

IGEP has also undertaken social auditing projects in the mica and stone quarrying sector in India.  India is one of the largest producers of Mica and stones such as granite in the world.

IGEP has initiated activities to improve the working conditions in stone quarries in India vis a vis child labour through:
   
 
Inspection and  Monitoring of Mica and Granite Fabrication Factories
   
Support Children’s Education / Crèche Facilities
   
 
The concept of certifying stones has its roots in the carpet industry certifying project being undertaken by Rugmark. Rugmark has more than 15 years of experience in reducing the incidence of child labour in the carpet sector and hence it was decided that IGEP would carry out the inspection work of store quarries in co-opration with Rugmark.
A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Indian Momnument Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and with the Germany based Interessengemeinschaft Natursteine. The inspection work was started in the summer of 2008.
Inspections are carried out in quarries as well as in the manufacturing units based on accepted regulations. Social standards and requirements are also covered. Standard ISES 2020 of IGEP is introduced to the companies. The first inspection is carried out in co-operation with the quarry and company managers or owners. Subsequent inspections are done without prior announcements.
The system is self financing. Exporters pay 0.25% of the job value while importers spend 0.75%. Most of this amount will be used for social improvements in the quarry areas.
 
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