Bank Must Stop Financially Supporting Child Labor

Target: Ralph Hamers, CEO of ING Group

Goal: Stop financially supporting companies that profit from child labor.

A major bank is providing loans to importers who purchase granite mined by children. ING Bank was cited by watchdog sources for providing loans to not one, but three importers of granite mined by children.

The granite industry is a dangerous one. Human rights abuses are abound in the mining industry. Children, mostly in India, are denied an education and instead forced to toil in dangerous, unhealthy conditions for very little pay.

While ING Bank is not directly involved in the child labor practice, its loans allow the abuse to continue. Sign the petition and demand ING stop awarding loans to companies involved in child labor.


Dear Mr. Hamers,

Your bank has been found to award loans to three separate importers of granite mined by children. Children suffer in horrific working conditions just to earn a few cents, while your bank profits off loan interest.

While you do not play a direct role in the child labor seen in the granite mines, your financial backing allows this abusive practice to continue. I ask that you no longer award loans to any company profiting off the backs of children.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pieter Delicaat

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  1. Well intentioned idea, let me ask a question. If the children leave the abusive work, I’m not saying it of value, will there be something positive to fill the vacuum left when the children leave? They are working there due to family poverty, if they leave this work will their families suffer, go hungry or homeless? We Americans are so good at shadowing over the misdeeds of others without thinking it through, causing a bad situation to become even worse. Will these children be able to afford schooling which is seldom free, even if it’s just the cost of uniforms. Will their families prostitution them somewhere else maybe in worse conditions. Share if you have a plan for this situation. Sometimes well intended change misses the mark and make a scenario like this even more unbearable.I do appreciate your efforts. I have spent time in the developing world to see just how bad westerners can add gas to the fire.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop it! thats ageist for letting a child be a slave of corporates. children should be in school not slaves.

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