Policy on Human Trafficking

What is Pearsox’s position on Forced Labor and Human Trafficking?

Pearsox strictly prohibits the use of forced labor and human trafficking in all company operations and in our global supply chain.

What is Forced Labor?

The ILO defines forced labor as work or service exacted from a person under threat or penalty, which includes penal sanctions and the loss of rights and privileges, where the person has not offered him or herself voluntarily. It includes slavery and abduction, misuse of public and prison works, forced recruitment, debt bondage and domestic workers under forced labor situations, and internal or international trafficking in persons.

Forced or compulsory labor is now almost universally banned, and two ILO Conventions - the Forced Labor Convention, 1930 (No. 29) and Abolition of Forced Labor Convention, 1957 (No. 105) - are the most widely ratified of all international labor Conventions. Specific prohibitions of forced labor have also been incorporated in the labor codes or general employment legislation of many countries.

What is Human Trafficking?

Global efforts to control human trafficking has led to a number of new international anti- trafficking instruments, the most noteworthy of which is the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, (the “Palermo Protocol”), which supplemented the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (2000), and the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings (2005).

The Palermo Protocol contains the following definition of trafficking, which is now almost universally accepted:

“Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

Individuals may be the victims of trafficking regardless of whether they once consented, participated in a crime as a direct result of being trafficked, were transported into the exploitative situation, or were simply born into a state of servitude. Trafficking is not simply about the movement of individuals, it is about their exploitation.

What is Modern Day Slavery?

Modern Day Slavery is an umbrella terms often used to describe forced labor, bonded labor, human trafficking and other slavery-like practices.

At Pearsox, we say “no” to exploitative labor practices and to any associated criminal conduct, including the trafficking in persons. In short, we prohibit and we will act against all forms of modern day slavery where we have the ability, leverage and authority to do so.