Children and young workers

Case study - Stakeholder consultation on child labour at a salad supplier

A supplier of salad, Company X, employed children of 13 years and over after school and on weekends. This was for a limited number of hours and with the permission of the local council. This had been a tradition for many generations and was part of local culture.

This was a non-compliance against the retailer’s code of conduct. The retailer initiated a full investigation and consultation process with the supplier, workers and other interested/expert parties (parents, school headmistress, a health and safety consultant, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)).

The result was that all agreed the work was not detrimental to the health and safety or schooling of the children involved, and given strong local support and legality under British law, it should be allowed to continue because of the procedures that the company had in place’.