We are dedicated to conducting business in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, both nationally and internationally. We seek to use suppliers who share our commitments and agree to abide by all applicable laws.
We screen suppliers on many business-related criteria, as well as their compliance with matters of law. We seek partners that comply with government regulations, including those concerning human ethics. Our current contracting practices require our suppliers to certify their compliance with all applicable laws, including without limitation, all applicable manufacturing, human trafficking, slavery, child labor and labor laws, on an annual basis.
We conduct periodic on-site visits to our manufacturing and distribution facilities, which may be announced or unannounced, during which our employees, third party auditors and/or other designated associates inspect facilities and observe conditions and practices, as well as the supplier's compliance with our global supplier quality expectations.
We maintain accountability standards, including a Code of Conduct for our employees, and our current contracting practices require that our suppliers adhere to our Code of Conduct or maintain and adhere to their own Code of Conduct with requirements that are at least as stringent as ours. If we determine that our employees or suppliers are engaged in slavery or human trafficking, our employees will be disciplined, up to and including termination, and we maintain the right to set forth corrective actions with our suppliers and/or terminate the business relationship.
All of our employees who are involved in supplier quality management are periodically trained on administering our supplier quality expectations. In addition, all employees are informed of and have access to our Code of Conduct.