(Product and Social Safety)
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure
In September 2010, the government of California approved a new law, which requires retailers and manufacturers operating in the state to make public the steps they have undertaken to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply and distribution chain. Volcom considers the practice of slave labor and human trafficking to involve “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery” (TVPA of 2000). As a company, we strongly condemn these practices and do not allow them to have a place in our supply chains. The following describes how we oversee our supply chains for continued compliance:
Certification and Code of Conduct
Additionally, our Vendor/Manufacturing Agreement specifically requires the vendor/manufacturer to warrant and represent that “it is not engaged in, and will not engage in any activities which are in violation of any applicable domestic, foreign or international laws, rules, or regulations, including without limitation, laws, rules or regulations governing labor.”
Volcom is pleased to present this information for compliance with The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which we feel is a good tool to enable companies to explain their personal efforts to eradicate the practice of slave labor and human trafficking. Hopefully, with our fellow brands’ help, our combined statements will make a large impact on these dark areas of the industry and help move us towards a fairer manufacturing future.