PR Statement

September 26, 2017


Christchurch, CAN, NZ  and South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA – Eagle Protect becomes the first global food supplier to be awarded Child Free Labor certification to Manufacturing level (for a specific range of products).

Eagle is a food safety specialist and supplier of disposable gloves and clothing, and becomes the first and only company in this sector to be both a certified B Corporation and Child Labor Free certified, setting the standards for other suppliers to follow.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of the movement to end child labour,” said Steve Ardagh, Eagle Protect Founder and CEO, “and like Child Labor Free, we too believe every child has a right to a childhood. Many companies don’t know that children are involved in the production of their goods because of their complex supply chain. We hope more businesses join us in the journey towards Child Labor Free through a focus on ethical sourcing and supply chain transparency.”

Eagle underwent a rigorous fifteen month process in pursuit of the Child Labor Free certification mark. The certification process was a multi layered and holistic process in which third party assessment partners analysed brand and supplier information through on-site manufacturing inspections and desktop reviews, and evaluated it against a comprehensive risk matrix.

“It is fantastic to see a brand leading the way in an industry outside of fashion, Eagle is committed to the entire process of Child Labor Free,” said Child Labor Free Foundation CEO, Nik Webb-Shephard. “We are looking forward in continuing to progress and work with them to further integrate their supply chain from Component and Source level certification.



UNICEF estimates there are currently 150 million children engaged in child labour worldwide, and more than half are involved in hazardous and harmful circumstances. In the least developed countries, nearly one in four children (ages five to 14) are engaged in labour that is considered detrimental to their health and development. One in four modern day slaves are under 18 years old. These children grow up without an education and into a life of poverty.



Child Labor Free has developed the world’s first global certification system to independently inspect and analyse companies and their supply chain for the use of child labour across all product categories. Child Labor Free is a social enterprise that provides commercial value to companies through a consumer mark, using the license fees of this program to prevent and remediate children in labour.

With 75% of consumers willing to change their shopping habits in response to the use of child labour, the certification mark allows buyers to identify a brand's commitment to ethical sourcing and make their purchasing choices accordingly..



Eagle Protect supplies ethically sourced disposable gloves and protective clothing, with a focus on improving their customer’s food safety and sustainability practices. Founded in New Zealand over 10 years ago, Eagle Protect grew rapidly to now supply approximately 80% of the primary food processing industry with their core range of products. Eagle founder, Steve Ardagh, relocated with his family from New Zealand to the US in January 2016 and launched Eagle Protect PBC, bringing Eagle's values of providing products that are certified food safe, ethically sourced and environmentally better. Eagle Protect became a certified B Corporation in 2012, the world’s first and only disposable glove and clothing specialists to earn this distinction. In 2017, Eagle was certified Child Labor Free to Manufacturing level.

Lynda Ronaldson
VP Marketing