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  • A1. Does your company have a statement of policy to eliminate child labour in its tobacco sourcing supply chains?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • UN Guiding Principle

      UNGPs OPERATIONAL PRINCIPLE 16

      As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy that:

      a. Is approved at the most senior level of the business enterprise;

      b. Is informed by relevant internal and/or external expertise;

      c. Stipulates the enterprise’s human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to its operations, products or services;

      d. Is publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties;

      e. Is reflected in operational policies and procedures necessary to embed it throughout the business enterprise.

  • A1.1. Is the policy commitment ‘to eliminate child labour’ approved at the most senior level of your company?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • UN Guiding Principle

      UNGPs OPERATIONAL PRINCIPLE 16

      As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy that:

      a. Is approved at the most senior level of the business enterprise;

      b. Is informed by relevant internal and/or external expertise;

      c. Stipulates the enterprise’s human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to its operations, products or services;

      d. Is publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties;

      e. Is reflected in operational policies and procedures necessary to embed it throughout the business enterprise.

  • A1.2 Is your policy commitment ‘to eliminate child labour’ informed by relevant internal and/or external expertise?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • UN Guiding Principle

      UNGPs OPERATIONAL PRINCIPLE 16

      As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy that:

      a. Is approved at the most senior level of the business enterprise;

      b. Is informed by relevant internal and/or external expertise;

      c. Stipulates the enterprise’s human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to its operations, products or services;

      d. Is publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties;

      e. Is reflected in operational policies and procedures necessary to embed it throughout the business enterprise.

  • A1.3 Does your policy commitment stipulate the company’s child labour expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to its operations, products or services?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • UN Guiding Principle

      UNGPs OPERATIONAL PRINCIPLE 16

      As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy that:

      a. Is approved at the most senior level of the business enterprise;

      b. Is informed by relevant internal and/or external expertise;

      c. Stipulates the enterprise’s human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to its operations, products or services;

      d. Is publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties;

      e. Is reflected in operational policies and procedures necessary to embed it throughout the business enterprise.

  • A1.4 Is the policy commitment publicly available and communicated both internally and externally?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • UN Guiding Principle

      UNGPs OPERATIONAL PRINCIPLE 16

      As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy that:

      a. Is approved at the most senior level of the business enterprise;

      b.Is informed by relevant internal and/or external expertise;

      c. Stipulates the enterprise’s human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to its operations, products or services;

      d. Is publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties;

      e. Is reflected in operational policies and procedures necessary to embed it throughout the business enterprise.

  • A1.5 Is the policy commitment reflected in operational policies and procedures necessary to embed it throughout the company?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • UN Guiding Principle

      UNGPs OPERATIONAL PRINCIPLE 16

      As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy that:

      a. Is approved at the most senior level of the business enterprise;

      b. Is informed by relevant internal and/or external expertise;

      c. Stipulates the enterprise’s human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to its operations, products or services;

      d. Is publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties;

      e. Is reflected in operational policies and procedures necessary to embed it throughout the business enterprise.

  • A1.6 Is the company’s policy commitment to eliminate child labour consistent with the ECLT Pledge of Commitment?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • Child Labour Policy

      There shall be no use of child labour. There shall be no forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale, trafficking, debt bondage, or forced labour of children, or other worst forms of child labour, including hazardous work.

      Children of legal working age shall not perform hazardous work, as defined by national regulatory frameworks, which by its nature, or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety, or morals.

      To ensure the highest protection of children, the minimum age for admission to non-hazardous employment shall not be less than the age prescribed by national law and members should respect the relevant minimum age established in the ILO Conventions and Recommendations on child labour.

      In countries in which national laws do not provide the highest protection, members should respect the international laws cited in Section I to afford the greatest protection for children.

  • A1.7 Does the policy commitment stipulate that children of legal working age shall not perform hazardous work as defined by national regulatory frameworks?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • Child Labour Policy

      There shall be no use of child labour. There shall be no forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale, trafficking, debt bondage, or forced labour of children, or other worst forms of child labour, including hazardous work.

      Children of legal working age shall not perform hazardous work, as defined by national regulatory frameworks, which by its nature, or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety, or morals.

      To ensure the highest protection of children, the minimum age for admission to non-hazardous employment shall not be less than the age prescribed by national law and members should respect the relevant minimum age established in the ILO Conventions and Recommendations on child labour.

      In countries in which national laws do not provide the highest protection, members should respect the international laws cited in Section I to afford the greatest protection for children.

  • A1.8 Does the policy commitment state that the minimum age for admission to non-hazardous employment shall not be less than the age prescribed by national law and should respect the relevant minimum age established in the ILO Conventions and Recommendations on child labour?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • Child Labour Policy

      There shall be no use of child labour. There shall be no forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale, trafficking, debt bondage, or forced labour of children, or other worst forms of child labour, including hazardous work. Children of legal working age shall not perform hazardous work, as defined by national regulatory frameworks, which by its nature, or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety, or morals.

      To ensure the highest protection of children, the minimum age for admission to non-hazardous employment shall not be less than the age prescribed by national law and members should respect the relevant minimum age established in the ILO Conventions and Recommendations on child labour.

      In countries in which national laws do not provide the highest protection, members should respect the international laws cited in Section I to afford the greatest protection for children.

  • A1.9 In the context of family farms, where applicable, does the policy commitment promote a level of child protection that meets or exceeds the protections provided by international child labour frameworks?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • Child Labour Policy

      There shall be no use of child labour. There shall be no forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale, trafficking, debt bondage, or forced labour of children, or other worst forms of child labour, including hazardous work. Children of legal working age shall not perform hazardous work, as defined by national regulatory frameworks, which by its nature, or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety, or morals.

      To ensure the highest protection of children, the minimum age for admission to non-hazardous employment shall not be less than the age prescribed by national law and members should respect the relevant minimum age established in the ILO Conventions and Recommendations on child labour.

      In countries in which national laws do not provide the highest protection, members should respect the international laws cited in Section I to afford the greatest protection for children.

      In the context of family farms, as defined under national law, the highest protection offered to children also depends on the interaction and enforcement of other robust national laws in place to protect children. The child labour policy of each ECLT Foundation Board member, as applicable, shall include a policy to promote a level of child protection that meets or exceeds the protections provided by the relevant international frameworks mentioned in the Preamble above.

    • Good Practices

      UNCRC General Comment 16

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      UNICEF General Requirements for all rights

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  • A1.10 Is the policy in an understandable form for the farmer base and/or workers who may be illiterate and/or affected by the policy (e.g. in multiple languages as applicable)?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • Good Practices

  • A1.11 Is child labour part of the responsibility of the company Board of Directors or a Board committee?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • Good Practices

  • A1.12 Definition of hazardous work: Does the company have a specific list of hazardous tasks that children under 18 are prohibited from doing on tobacco farms?

    • ECLT Member’s Pledge of Commitment

      ECLT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS’ MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (hereinafter the "requirements"):

      For buyers and manufacturers – to apply these requirements within their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains, and consistent with the principles of “Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework” pledge to:

      • Make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour;
      • Implement due diligence, consistent with the size and circumstances of the company, with the aim of identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for their adverse impacts on child labour in tobacco-sourcing supply chains;
      • Provide for/or cooperate in legitimate processes of remediation.
    • Good Practices