Sika strictly follows the 10 UN Global Compact Principles and does not accept child labour (see Global Compact Principle Five: "Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labour.")

UN Global Compact

Minimum Age for Admission to Employment or Work

Developed Countries   Developing Countries  
Light Work 13 Years   12 Years
Regular Work 15 Years   14 Years
Hazardous Work 18 Years   18 Years

ILO Convention No. 182

ILO Convention No. 182 requires governments to give priority to eliminating the worst forms of child labour undertaken by all children under the age of 18 years. They are defined as:

  • All forms of slavery — including the trafficking of children, debt bondage, forced and compulsory labour, and the use of children in armed conflict.
  • The use, procuring or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic purposes.
  • The use, procuring or offering of a child for illicit activities, in particular the production and trafficking of drugs.
  • Work which is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of the child as a consequence of its nature or the circumstances under which it is carried out.
  • Be aware of countries, regions, sectors, economic activities where there is a greater likelihood of child labour and respond accordingly with policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to minimum age provisions of national labour laws and regulations and, where national law is insufficient, take account of international standards.
  • Use adequate and verifiable mechanisms for age verification in recruitment procedures.
  • When children below the legal working age are found in the workplace, take measures to remove them from work.
  • Help to seek viable alternatives and access to adequate services for the children and their families.
  • Exercise influence on subcontractors, suppliers and other business affiliates to combat child labour.
  • Develop and implement mechanisms to detect child labour.
  • Where wages are not determined collectively or by minimum wage regulation, take measures to ensure that wages paid to adults take into account the needs of both them and their families.