Child Labor and Forced Labor Remediation Measures
Child labor refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives the children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful. The term “child” refers to any person under the age of 15, or under the age for completing compulsory education, or under the minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is greatest. Acer believes that the wellbeing and education of our future generations are of utmost importance. Therefore, Acer prohibits child labor in its supply chain and conducts routine audits to verify conformance to these requirements. If child labor is discovered in the supply chain, Acer will remedy the impacts of this atrocious condition by implementing the following measures.
Child Labor Remediation Measures:
- If child labor is found at an Acer supplier factory, the factory must immediately remove the child from the workplace.
- The factory where the child labor was found must send the child to have special labor health check to make sure his/her health is not affected by the work. If affected, all the fees, including medical treatment cost and living cost, must be covered by the factory.
- The factory where the child labor was found must contact the family and send the child home. All expenses related to transporting the child home must be covered by the factory.
- The factory where the child labor is found shall continue to pay the wages until the child is of legal working age.
- The factory where the child labor is found shall make sure that the child completes compulsory schooling. The factory shall provide Acer with the name and address of the school in which the child is enrolled.
- The Corporate Sustainability Officer of Acer should notify the related head of the Acer BU and BG to discuss this core non-conformance situation.
- Acer shall identify the risk of repeated child labor conditions through an unannounced audit of the affected factory within 6 months.
Forced labor refers to situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation. Forced labor takes on many forms that included debt bondage, human trafficking, and other forms of modern slavery. Acer believes that all work shall be voluntary and workers shall be free to leave work at any time or terminate their employment. Through its Code of Conduct, Acer prohibits any form of forced labor in its supply chain. Acer requires its suppliers to adhere to its Code of Conduct and verifies the conformance with routine audits. If forced labor is identified in the supply chain, Acer will take action to remedy the situation through the implementation of the following measures.
Forced Labor Remediation Measures:
- Acer shall review and investigate the findings and relevant regulation to find the gaps and problems.
- Acer shall communicate with supplier factory management and collect supplemental information.
- If confirmed that human trafficking, slavery and/or any form of forced labor exists at an Acer supplier factory, Acer will work with experts and authorities to ensure that the worker is offered a safe place to live and provided with financial assistance, the cost of which shall be covered by the factory for a period of time deemed to be sufficient by the authorities
- The Corporate Sustainability Officer of Acer will notify the related head of the Acer BU and BG to discuss this core non-conformance situation.
- Acer shall identify the risk of repeated forced labor conditions through an unannounced audit of the affected factory within 6 month.