California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Hickory Farms is committed to conducting its business in a lawful and ethical manner. Hickory Farms also expects our business partners and suppliers to conduct themselves in a manner designed to help ensure that we continue to meet our commitment to responsible supply chain management. Efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain are part of our comprehensive commitment to ethics, compliance with laws and social responsibility. The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 declares that slavery and human trafficking are crimes under state, federal, and international law and requires that retailers and manufacturers doing business in the state of California disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chain. The statements below are Hickory Farms’ response to this requirement.

  1. New suppliers for Hickory Farms are required, as part of our supplier qualification process, to provide information regarding their compliance with prohibitions on human trafficking, forced labor and child labor. We use our qualification process to evaluate and address risks of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain.
  2. Under applicable company policies and our standard purchase order terms, all Hickory Farms suppliers are required to comply with applicable law, and we reserve rights to audit our suppliers’ facilities, records and business practices in order for us to verify a supplier’s compliance with our requirements.
  3. We require our employees to strive to achieve and maintain our high standard of ethical business practices, including our standards regarding slavery and trafficking. Employees who fail to comply may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
  4. We plan to provide 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.