On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) will go into effect in the State of California. This law was designed to increase the amount of information made available by manufacturers and retailers regarding their efforts (if any) to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking, thereby allowing consumers to make better, more informed choices regarding the products they buy and the companies they choose to support.
HMI strongly support[s] the aims of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and expects its employees, contractors, suppliers and business partners to comply with all applicable legal requirements regarding human rights and labor practices. It is essential to HMI that all persons involved in the production of our products, whether HMI employees or not, are treated with dignity and respect. HMI will continue to update its policies and procedures as needed to ensure that it has appropriate safeguards against any mistreatment of persons involved in our direct supply chain.
In general, HMI relies on our vendors to follow and adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries in which they do business. In addition HMI takes the following steps:
- Verification of Suppliers
- HMI relies on its vendor and suppliers to comply with applicable laws in the jurisdiction in which they operate.
- Direct suppliers
- While HMI does not require written certifications of compliance, HMI’s direct suppliers are expected to comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the countries in which they do business.
- Because of standing relationships with entities in our supply chain, we do not currently audit our suppliers for compliance.
- Accountability standards
- If HMI receives notice that a supplier is involved in slavery or human trafficking, we will conduct an inquiry. If we find evidence of slavery and human trafficking at or by the supplier, we will require the supplier to take corrective action to resolve the issues within 90 days. HMI reserves the right to terminate its business relationship with any entity that fails to meet A&E’s expectations or any legal requirements related to slavery and human trafficking.
- Employee Training
- HMI will provide periodic training for key employees in supply chain management who work with contractors on the issues involved with slavery and human trafficking as well as identification of risk of human trafficking in HMI’s supply chain.