Effective January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (the “Act”) requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in the State of California to disclose the efforts they are taking to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains. Bar-S Foods Co., A Sigma Company, and its affiliates, and Mexican Cheese Producers, Inc. and Campofrio Food Group – America, Inc. (collectively, the “Sigma Companies”), are committed to treating all employees lawfully and to maintaining proper labor practices. The Sigma Companies fully support the goals of the Act and are committed to purchasing ingredients and products from suppliers that share these commitments.
The Act requires the Sigma Companies to make the following disclosure:
In their supplier agreements, the Sigma Companies require each supplier to abide by all applicable laws and regulations of the country or countries in which they are doing business. The Sigma Companies not only seek the best suppliers in terms of their quality, competitiveness, and reliability, but also their adherence to human rights and ethical labor practices. The Sigma Companies have not engaged a third party for verification.
2. Supplier Audits
The Sigma Companies reserve the right to audit supplier compliance. The Sigma Companies have not engaged a third party to conduct independent, unannounced audits.
The Sigma Companies require their direct suppliers to provide written acknowledgement that the materials incorporated into their products comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
4. Internal Accountability
Among the core values of the Sigma Companies are integrity, honesty, and respect. Through the hiring, training, and management of employees of the Sigma Companies we strive to enforce these values every day, ensuring that every person in our family of companies is treated fairly and with respect.
The Sigma Companies plan to institute a module into our training programs to ensure that all employees having direct responsibility for supply chain management understand and comply with the Act.