Child Labour Policy
The foundation of Fast UK Parcel's ‘Child Labour Policy’ is based on the Company’s commitment to finding practical, meaningful, and culturally appropriate responses to support the elimination of such labour practices. It, therefore, endorses the need for appropriate initiatives to progressively eliminate these abuses.
Fast UK Parcel does not accept or tolerate child labour and employs strict zero-tolerance towards the breach of this policy.
Fast UK Parcel child labour policy is based on this Convention, which stipulates that:
• “All actions concerning the child shall take full account of his or her best interests.”
• “The right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development”.
In addition, this policy is based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Minimum Age Convention no. 138 (1973). According to this convention, the word “Child” is defined as any person below fifteen (15) years of age, unless local minimum age law stipulates a higher age for work or mandatory schooling, in which case the higher age would apply. If, however, the local minimum working age is set at fourteen (14) years of age in accordance with exceptions for developing countries, the lower age will apply.
Fast UK Parcel does not employ any person below the age of eighteen years and prohibits the use of child labour and forced or compulsory labour at all its units. No individual contractor is made to work against their will or as bonded/forced labour or to be subjected to corporal punishment or coercion of any type.
This policy is publicly available throughout the Company and is clearly communicated to all employees and independent contractors in our policy manual. The implementation of the policy is the responsibility of the unit’s human resources department and the security staff, who do not permit minors to enter the warehouse as workers. Individual contracts and other records documenting all relevant details of the contractors, including age, are maintained at all units and are open to verification by authorised personnel or relevant statutory body.
Fast UK Parcel shall verify and maintain records of every worker’s documents and date of birth. In countries where such official documents are not available, Fast UK Parcel will use appropriate assessment methods as per local practice and law. Periodic assessments will be conducted annual reviews of workers records shall be carried out to ensure compliance with the policy.
Following its initial adoption, this child labour policy statement will be reviewed by the business owner on a regular basis and may be amended from time to time.