The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. The disclosure provides consumers with the information needed to make better, more informed choices about the products they buy and the companies they support.
UniFirst is committed to ensuring that its supply chain reflects its values and respect for human rights. The UniFirst Vendor Code of Conduct governs all facets of the Company’s relationships with suppliers, and includes specific prohibitions against forced, imprisoned, or indentured labor.
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires UniFirst to disclose the information below regarding its efforts to eradicate human trafficking and the use of slave labor in its supply chains.
UniFirst will only maintain a business relationship with vendors who allow full knowledge of their production facilities in order to verify that they are not at risk for violating anti-slavery and human trafficking laws. UniFirst Corporation reserves the right to request on-site inspections, by an independent inspector or firm, of suppliers’ facilities and business practices to verify compliance. UniFirst enforces strict employment practices for all its vendors and their subcontractors pertaining to child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking practices, and reserves the right to terminate its business relationship at any time for non-compliance.
UniFirst reserves the right to visit with domestic and international vendors, to meet key supplier personnel and review their business process, which includes reinforcing the commitments of the Vendor Code of Conduct. Corrective action or termination can occur if lapses in their business process is determined.
The UniFirst Vendor Code of Conduct serves as the guiding principles for our major vendor relationships, specifically pertaining to anti-slavery and human trafficking compliance.
UniFirst requires all material management personnel to monitor Vendor Code of Conduct self-certification and that these records are up to date and complete before initiating or expanding a business relationship. UniFirst personnel are empowered to recommend termination of a business relationship with a vendor due to their non-conformity with these specified conditions.
UniFirst provides a training presentation overview of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act to all materials management personnel, and to its extended sales and service teams in California.