The California Transparency Act
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) went into effect on January 1, 2012. This law requires manufacturers and retailers doing business in the State of California to disclose information regarding their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. A. Schulman, Inc. is proud of its record of uncompromising integrity and the measures it takes to uphold the highest standards of conduct among its associates, business partners and suppliers.
A. Schulman's efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in its supply chain include the following:
- Product Supply Chain: A. Schulman's Global Supplier Code of Conduct (“A. Schulman Supplier Code”) requires all A. Schulman suppliers to “comply with all applicable labor laws, rules, and regulations, including but not limited to, all laws forbidding the solicitation, facilitation, or any other use of slavery or human trafficking, as those terms are used in the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, California Civil Code, section 1714.43.” The A. Schulman Supplier Code is available to suppliers at www.aschulman.com.
- Audits of Suppliers: Contractual agreements between A. Schulman and certain of its suppliers provide A. Schulman the right to conduct independent and unannounced audits to evaluate the supplier's compliance with its contractual obligations, including but not limited to, the Supplier Code.
- Supplier Certifications: A. Schulman includes a clause in its standard terms and conditions of purchase for goods and services which stipulates that suppliers must abide by the A. Schulman Supplier Code.
- Accountability Standards: A. Schulman's disciplinary policy permits a range of measures, up to and including termination, for A. Schulman associates who violate A. Schulman's policies.
- Associate Training: A. Schulman associates are trained on the key elements of the A. Schulman Global Code of Conduct.
It is essential to A. Schulman that all persons involved in the production of our products, whether A. Schulman associate or not, are treated with dignity and respect. A. Schulman 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.
Dated: June 2012
Revised: December 2013