Response from General Motors to allegations of child labour in its supply chain
“We found the allegations of child labor in our supply chain to be deeply troubling, and we have been moving swiftly to investigate and address the issues with the two companies.
General Motors has a zero-tolerance policy regarding child labor in our supply chain. Our expectations of suppliers are reflected in our Supplier Code of Conduct:
- Our Code requires suppliers to implement an appropriate mechanism to verify the age of workers and applicants to ensure compliance with the ILO convention for minimum age (No.138) for employment and provide remediation programs for workers not meeting age requirements.
- Suppliers are expected to understand and act consistent with GM’s approach to integrity, responsible sourcing and supply chain management.
- GM expects that its suppliers will cascade similar expectations through their own supply chains.
When we become aware of violations or alleged violations of our Supplier Code of Conduct, we respond appropriately, up to and including the termination of business relationships.”