California Transparency in Supply Chains Statement
Human trafficking is a form of forced labor, and the second most prevalent form of illegal trade in the world, just after the illicit drug trade and equal to the sale of illegal arms. Sometimes referred to as modern day slavery, it is also the fastest growing illegal business in the world. International Labor Organization (ILO) data shows that there are at least 12.3 million victims of forced labor worldwide, 2.4 million of which result from human trafficking. Men are affected, but women and children are particularly vulnerable.
Human trafficking in any industry is a result of poverty and a lack of education, government action and political will. It’s often thought of as a problem in the illegal sex trade, but human trafficking can be found in garment factories, fabric and trim mills, and even on farms in the supply chain. Factories that use third-party labor brokers or unmonitored subcontractors are particularly susceptible. Even in the United States, where foreign migrant workers may seek employment through third-party brokers, factories sometimes employ human trafficking victims.
559 Labs prohibits any form of forced labor, including slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain. This is a zero-tolerance issue. If this grave concern was ever to be found in our supply chain, the supplier would be subject to our disciplinary policy. In all cases suppliers must immediately remediate the issue, and face possible termination of business.
Our disclosure statement below includes information on how we monitor our supplies for all forms of forced labor, including human trafficking and slavery, and on how we’ve enhanced our program.
We fully support the efforts of a growing number of anti-slavery activist groups, NGOs and our state and federal government to shed light on human trafficking, slavery and child labor in the supply chain. They’ve created helpful tools that brands and suppliers can use to prevent, identify and remediate these issues. We are hopeful that these serious human rights concerns will continue to receive more attention and analysis going forward.
Disclosure of 559 Labs Pursuant to SB 657
The disclosure described in subdivision (a) shall, at a minimum, disclose to what extent, if any, that the retail seller or manufacturer does each of the following:
(1) Engages in verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. The disclosure shall specify if the verification was not conducted by a third party.
We subscribe to the work of the Fair Labor Association® (FLA®). The sole purpose of the multistakeholder organization is to improve working conditions in factories worldwide. Our Code of Conduct is based on the FLA’s Code and states that any form of forced labor, which includes human trafficking and slavery, and child labor are prohibited in our supply chain. Our policies and practices must comply with the FLA’s Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing.
(2) Conducts audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The disclosure shall specify if the verification was not an independent, unannounced audit.
Human trafficking and slavery can occur in the supply chain if a factory is using a third-party labor broker or temporary agency to hire all or part of its workforce. We audit our suppliers to ensure they comply with our Code of Conduct, including the sections on forced and child labor.
(3) Requires a direct supplier to certify that materials incorporated into a product comply with slavery and human trafficking laws in the country or countries in which that supplier is doing business.
We’ve asked all of our suppliers to learn more about human trafficking and slavery.
(4) Maintains internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking.
559 Labs prohibits any form of forced labor, including slavery and human trafficking. This is a zero-tolerance issue. If this grave concern was to be found in our supply chain, the supplier would be subject to our supplier disciplinary policy. In all cases disciplinary actions include immediate remediation and possible termination of business. Aside from serious, unremediated zero-tolerance issues, it’s our policy to form long-term relationships and work with our contracted suppliers, in the spirit of continuous improvement.
(5) Provides company employees and management, who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, training on human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products.
559 Labs’ social and environmental responsibility team conducts trainings on social and environmental responsibility throughout the year.