California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure Statement
Simply Handmade (“Simply Handmade”) is committed to socially responsible, professional, and ethical business practices and Simply Handmade chooses to work with suppliers and contractors that Simply Handmade believes have the same commitment. While local customs and laws may vary by country, Simply Handmade strongly believes the importance of human rights is both universal and constant throughout the world. In this regard, Simply Handmade has implemented the Simpli Technologies, Inc. Code of Conduct that unequivocally states that:
Supplier shall not use forced or involuntary labor of any kind, including but not limited to prison labor, slave labor, debt bondage, indentured labor or otherwise.
Simply Handmade’s direct suppliers and contractors are provided with the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct and are now required to agree to the terms of the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct before becoming a direct supplier to Simply Handmade (in the form of a signed certification) and periodically thereafter (typically annually).
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (California Senate Bill 657) (the “Act”) requires companies like Simply Handmade that manufacture or sell products in California to disclose Simply Handmade’s efforts used to track possible slavery and human trafficking in Simply Handmade’s supply chains.
The following is Simply Handmade’s statement pursuant to the Act.
- 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.
Simply Handmade’s review efforts begin with an internal geographic evaluation of Simply Handmade’s supply chain for all of Simply Handmade’s products to evaluate the risk of noncompliance in slavery, human trafficking and other human rights and labor issues. Simply Handmade continues with an initial review of potential direct suppliers and, on an on-going basis, as part of Simply Handmade’s performance review of Simply Handmade’s supply chain. As indicated above, Simply Handmade also requires that Simply Handmade’s direct suppliers agree to the terms of the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct. All of the above is done by Simply Handmade and not by a third party.
- 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.
Simply Handmade visits and evaluates direct suppliers on an as needed basis (as determined by Simply Handmade) depending on the scope and nature of the business relationship with that direct supplier. This evaluation includes announced visits by Simply Handmade to direct supplier locations (i.e., factories) and is focused on overall supplier performance and working conditions, all in a manner consistent with Simply Handmade’s internal audit procedures. Simply Handmade does not presently contract with third parties to audit and certify specific compliance with the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct. Simply Handmade does though require that direct suppliers provide written certification that the direct supplier does “not use forced or involuntary labor of any kind” and post the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct in their locations.
- Requires direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
With the implementation of the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct, Simply Handmade requires that direct suppliers certify in writing that the direct suppliers comply with the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct with respect to slavery, human trafficking and other human rights and labor issues and comply with the laws of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
- Maintains internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking.
Simply Handmade’s commitment to socially responsible, professional, and ethical business practices are reflected in the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct which, in the event of a violation by a supplier, provides Simply Handmade with the right to cancel any outstanding orders and terminate any future business with that supplier. Simply Handmade’s employees and contractors with production and sourcing responsibilities are expected to comply with the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct and Simply Handmade has a zero tolerance for any employee who acts in conflict with the Simply Handmade Code of Conduct.
- 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.
Simply Handmade’s employees and management with direct responsibility for supply chain management have received training on forced labor, including human trafficking and slavery.
Last Updated: March 28, 2018