California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657), which went into effect on January 1, 2012, in the State of California, requires that retailers and manufacturers disclose their efforts to eliminate slavery and human trafficking within their supply chains. The goal of this legislation is to provide information to consumers about how companies manage their supply chains so they can make more informed decisions.
At Seaboard Foods, we are strongly committed to producing food that ensures the well-being of our people, animals, the environment, and the communities we call home. To this end, Seaboard Foods prohibits all forms of human trafficking as outlined in our Code of Business Conduct. In addition to our own actions, we hold all of our contractors, suppliers and vendors to these same high standards.
To protect the fundamental dignity of workers, Seaboard Foods is focused on preventing situations that can put workers at risk of forced labor, and we believe that awareness of Seaboard Foods’ Anti-Human Trafficking Compliance Program and methods of identifying and reporting potential violations are critical to the success of the program.
- Verification: Seaboard Foods reviews all current and potential contractors, suppliers and vendors internally and reserves the right to engage in verification measures to ensure compliance with the policies outlined in the Seaboard Foods’ Human Trafficking Compliance Policy.
- Auditing: Seaboard Foods may require suppliers to undergo a qualified, third-party audit to evaluate compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The audit may be announced or unannounced, and the need for an audit will be prioritized based on a risk assessment.
- Certification: Seaboard Foods requires direct suppliers to certify that their supply chains comply with all laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
- Internal Accountability: Seaboard Foods requires everyone in the supply chain to comply with its Anti-Human Trafficking Policy and Program and maintain internal accountability standards. During onboarding with Seaboard Foods, new employees are provided copies of Seaboard Foods’ Anti-Human Trafficking Policy and Program in the employee’s native and/or preferred language. Each employee is required to certify by signature that they will comply with the policy and will report any illegal or unethical activity. Employees have the option to report suspected human trafficking activities anonymously through the Seaboard Foods EthicsPoint website at seaboard.ethicspoint.com or by phone using the toll-free hotline at 1-866-676-8886. Employees and agents may also directly contact the Legal Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Training: All employees who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, including employees who work in the recruiting, procurement and human resources departments, will receive training on human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products.
- Remediation: If violations are found through an internal investigation or third party audit, Seaboard Foods will take appropriate corrective action and preventative measures based on the severity of the violation to prevent risk of reoccurrence. If remediation is not possible or appropriate, Seaboard Foods will terminate our contract with the employee, contractor, supplier or vendor who is found to be in violation.