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Pact and Microsoft Corp. have declared an expanded partnership to tackle child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The up surge of child labor in mining is over-bearing, therefore they have promised to provide more direct support to children and adolescents and the local organizations that assist them.

The duo has decided to tackle the problem with a three-year financial commitment to address the situation and establish the existing Watoto Inje ya Mungoti and Children Out of Mining project.

“There is no place for child labor in the mining supply chain,” said Joan Krajewski, general manager of Safety, Compliance, and Sustainability at Microsoft.

“By expanding and deepening Microsoft’s partnership with Pact, we can make meaningful progress toward addressing the worst forms of child labor. Already, we’ve seen the difference these programs can make, and hope that our investment will encourage others to join in these scalable, replicable efforts.”