As a business with both a history and an ethical framework of good employment practice, SPO is committed to providing good working conditions for our employees, according to universal international standards, and to protecting their safety and health. We recognise that modern slavery (which includes child, forced and compulsory labour) has become an increasingly visible and important issue and we take all our moral and legal duties in this regard seriously.
SPO's Code of Conduct requires the entire SPO group of companies to comply with all applicable local, national and international laws and regulations in each of the countries / jurisdictions in which it operates and with all SPO's company policies. That requirement includes ensuring that SPO (and our suppliers) will not engage forced / child / bonded or prison labour or apply unjustifiable disciplinary measures to our employees.
The Code of Conduct is supplemented by our Global HR procedures which ensure that pre-employment screening is done on all candidates to ascertain their age prior to the offer of employment. Our Supply Chain Sustainability Code of Conduct spells out all principles to which we require our suppliers to adhere covering, inter alia, forbidding forced and child labour.
The definition of "child" adopted by SPO is aligned with that in the UNICEF / UNESCO "Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)", as "less than 18 years of age". Whilst some countries of operation may have more specific local labour requirements that define a "child" as being younger than this, 18 years of age is the minimum we recognise. The sole exception to this is that, in accordance with ILO Convention 138 (Minimum Age Convention, 1973) Article 6, we exclude from our definition of "labour" and "employment" any applicability to a person between the ages of 16 (as our strict lowest age limit) and 18, who is undergoing "a formal course of education or programme training being undertaken by young persons in schools for general, vocational or technical education or in other training institutions."
SPO's modern slavery compliance is aligned with SPO's wider commitment to running all of our businesses in an ethical and sustainable manner. SPO is committed to comply with all applicable national labour laws and the ILO Convention.
SPO complies with both Australian and UK Modern Slavery Acts (MSA) and publishes one statement covering both Acts for the entire SPO group of companies within six months of the end of each financial year (which ends on 31st December), as required by the legislation.
For more information on MSA please see our Statements on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking on SPO's website.
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