Our stance on child labor is unequivocal. We will not employ children, nor will we accept our suppliers doing so. At Bayer, we follow a strict zero tolerance to child labor policy.
However, bans have proved to be an ineffective means of prevention. If we’re to systematically eradicate child labor, we need to fundamentally change the way people think.
In India, our Learning for Life initiative covers everything from reintegrating children into the regular school system to vocational training measures. Together with the Naandi Foundation, we run daycare centers for pre-schoolers and offer special assistance to weaker school students to stop them breaking off their education. We also work with local non-governmental organizations and school authorities to offer vocational classes and enhance the appeal of attending school.
At the Bayer-Ramanaidu Vignana Jyothi School of Agriculture in Hyderabad, we train young people aged above 15 years as farm assistants in half year full day courses.
More than 3,400 students have already benefited in some way from the Learning for Life initiative.