Modern Slavery & Child Labour Policy

Introduction

1.1 Pacific Hygiene is dedicated to upholding human rights and is unwavering in its commitment to conducting business with adherence to ethical, professional, and legal standards. The Company operates in a fair, honest, and transparent manner.

 

Scope

2.1 This policy applies to all aspects of Pacific Hygiene's operations, emphasizing the organization's staunch opposition to modern slavery and child labour within its workplaces. Pacific Hygiene extends this scope to its supply chain, in its commitment to eradicating these practices.

 

Procedure

3.1 Pacific Hygiene has a zero-tolerance approach towards modern slavery and child labour. All employees, contractors, and subcontractors associated with Pacific Hygiene must refrain from engaging in any form of modern slavery, including but not limited to trafficking, forced labour, and deceptive recruitment practices.

3.2 Modern Slavery, as understood by Pacific Hygiene, encompasses various forms such as slavery, servitude, forced labour, trafficking in persons, forced marriage, debt bondage, and other slavery-like practices. Child Labor is defined as any form of forced labour negatively impacting a child's well-being, interfering with their education and development.

Definitions

4.1 Slavery: one person treats another as though he or she owns that person, and that person is deprived of his or her freedom.

4.2 Servitude: a person is coerced to provide services, is forced to live on another person's property and cannot change his or her condition.

4.3 forced labour: a person is forced to involuntarily work or to provide a service without remuneration under the menace of a penalty.

4.4 Trafficking in persons (including trafficking of orphanage children): a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person to be exploited, without that person's knowledge or consent. This can even be where the person consents to travel as they may have been deceived or unduly influenced.

4.5 Forced marriage: a person enters a marriage without freely and fully consenting, because he or she was coerced, threatened, or deceived or otherwise incapable of understanding the nature and effect of the marriage ceremony.

4.6 Debt bondage: a person's pledge of labour or services as security for the repayment of a debt or other obligation, but there is no hope of repaying the debt. The services required to repay the debt, or the time in which to repay the debt, may be undefined.

Compliance

5.1.1 Pacific Hygiene commits to complying with all applicable laws and regulations pertaining to the employment of children. The organization only permits the employment of children aged 16 and above, ensuring compliance with statutory wages and work hours. Exceptions may apply for relatives of staff members engaged in approved work experience during school holidays or outside school hours.

5.1.2 Pacific Hygiene emphasizes that any breaches or potential breaches of this policy must be promptly reported to the Managing Director for appropriate action. Employees found in violation of this policy may face disciplinary action, including dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct, with legal proceedings initiated if deemed necessary.

Governance and Maintenance

6.1 Policy Location

6.1.1 This policy is published and accessible to all on our website.

 

6.2 Review Timetable

6.2.1 This policy will be reviewed yearly to ensure its effectiveness and alignment with best practices and legal requirements. We will actively seek feedback from employees and stakeholders to continually enhance our environmental initiatives.

Conclusion

7.1 Pacific Hygiene remains resolute in its dedication to eradicating modern slavery and child labour from its operations and supply chain and ensuring ethical treatment to all people.