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Young Worker and Child Labour Policy

This Policy is intended to help all stakeholders that are involved in the manufacture, distribution or supply of goods to/ from CFUK Ltd, understand the steps they need to take to protect young workers and to ensure compliance with the United Nations International Labour Organisation’s Conventions relating to child labour. CFUK defines a young worker as someone under the age of 18 who is legally entitled to work and a child worker as someone under the age of 18 who is not legally entitled to work. CFUK supports the employment of young workers within its supply chain, provided that adequate precautions are put in place for their protection. Children who are made to work, or who choose to work, are deprived of their rights to a childhood and education and are at risk of endangering their physical, mental and social well-being. CFUK expects suppliers to monitor their own supply chains and to contact CFUK immediately if they have any concerns regarding young workers or child workers. In return, if instances of child labour are identified, CFUK commits to supporting and working with suppliers to develop responsible solutions that are in the best interests of the children.

Young workers between the minimum age of employment and 18 years old can be employed, provided there are adequate precautions to protect them. They must not be employed at night, work overtime or carry out any form of hazardous work. Young workers should be entitled to a 30 minute break if they work more than 4.5 hours. If you are under the age of 18 you are not allowed to work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Young workers will receive an appropriate wage for their role. For example, an apprentice will receive as a minimum, the apprenticeship minimum wage. If employed at the end of their training, young workers will receive an appropriate wage for their role and level of experience.

All workers ages will be checked upon an offer of employment by the HR team.

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