Aldi Australia introduced an independent child labour policy this week to support efforts to eliminate child labour in Australia and in its global supply chain.
The move, led by Aldi South, offers local and international suppliers an internal guideline, e-learning and workshops to educate them on Aldi’s standards and requirements to prevent child labour.
Child labour policies are often incorporated into broader policies within a business but Aldi said the decision to launch its own policy is a way or prioritising the issue.
“Aldi is aware of the risk of child labour and is committed to finding solutions for preventing and addressing the issue,” Daniel Baker, corporate responsibility director, Aldi Australia, told Inside FMCG.
“Our newly published Child Labour Policy details our understanding and expectations to help our business partners protect and respect the rights of children. The policy provides rigor around identifying, addressing and remedying children at risk and ensuring the child’s safety is prioritised.”
The policy is based on The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, International Labour Organisation Conventions No 138 (Minimum Age) and No 182 (Worst Forms of Child Labour), and The Children’s Rights and Business Principles. It will be introduced across all Aldi South markets.