Statement regarding California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (the "Act") went into effect in the State of California. This law aims to increase the amount of information made available by manufacturers and retailers regarding their efforts to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking from product supply chains and requires that companies disclose their efforts to ensure that their supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
It has always been important that materials used by Superior Foods and Superior Foods International in our products are obtained through ethical and fair labor conditions. In all countries where we process products, our products are produced in facilities that comply with existing local laws. In our production facilities (foreign and domestic), employees are provided with fair wages, regular working hours, and a clean working environment as defined by local governments.
Superior Foods and Superior Foods International's Supplier Expectations Manual makes clear our commitment to fair labor standards and helps ensure that we align ourselves with suppliers that share this commitment. This Code of Conduct states that all vendors, suppliers and contractors who wish to conduct business with Superior Foods and Superior Foods International are required to conform to certain principles and practices, such as the following:
- Compliance with applicable laws, including those pertinent to equal employment opportunities, wages and benefits, and worker and product safety.
- Fair employment practices, including those prohibiting child labor, prison or forced labor, or any form of indentured servitude with stipulations of fair working hours and compensation as well for a safe working environment.
- Ethical business conduct based on compliance with the law, avoidance of conflicts of interest, and respect for the environment.
We seek to ensure that quality, safety and employment standards are maintained throughout our supply chain and we review our supplier base to determine if corrective actions are needed. Our efforts so far in aligning with the Act's requirements include the following:
Verification and audit of product supply chains: At Superior Foods we participate in both voluntary self-audits and independent third-party audits specifically focused on fair labor practices and employee health and safety. All suppliers to Superior Foods and Superior Foods International are required to indicate their willingness to participate in Independent third party audits such as SA8000 to meet this requirement.During supplier audits and visits all Superior Foods and Superior Foods International employees responsible for the supply chain have been trained to recognize and address situations that may indicate non-compliance to our own social responsibility standards.
Contracting Practices: Superior Foods' and Superior Foods International's Supplier Expectations Manual is designed to be embedded into our procurement practices.
Internal accountability and staff training: It is the Company's policy to be a good "corporate citizen," as set forth in our Business Ethics Standards. Wherever we do business, our employees are required to comply with all applicable laws. As well, a training program has being developed that provides appropriate employees with training on how to mitigate the risk of human trafficking and slavery on an annual basis.
Superior Foods is committed to uncompromising integrity in all aspects of our business.