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Statement against Child Labour

HZPC is active in the (seed)potato industry worldwide. HZPC acknowledge that child labour exist in various countries. Although we deeply respect local differences, we strongly reject child labour. Over the years we have built strong long-term relationships with our partners. Along with them we take responsibility for our stand against child labour.

HZPC follows a zero-tolerance policy to child labour. We do not tolerate any child labour within our organization or subsidiaries. We expect the same from all our agents, seed growers, suppliers or otherwise involved with HZPC.


The definition of child labour

HZPC acknowledges the UN convention of the Right of the Child and International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions(c-138, 182, 184) and act conform Plantum requirements.


“Child labour”: means any work that:

  • Is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children (infants below 15 years)
  • interferes with their schooling by 

(i)  depriving them of the opportunity to attend school;

(ii) obliging the to leave school prematurely;

(iii) requiring to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work, and is not targeted as activities such as helping their parents around the home, assisting  in  a  family  business  or earning pocket money outside school hours and during school holiday.


What we do:

  • All companies within HZPC Holding, including subsidiaries, do not employ children as defined in ILO Minimum Age Convention;
  • All our production sites must be child labour free;
  • We actively train our employees to recognize and report signals of child labour;
  • All our agents and partners are committed to our CSR statement;
  • Our suppliers comply not to engage child labour and is obliged to keep an up-to-date labour force registration. HZPC has the audit right with its (sub)suppliers;
  • If any child labour is found, HZPC will take appropriate measures to stop this immediately and for future prevention. While finding solutions we always take the best interest of children involved as our first priority.