California Transparency In Supply Chains Act

Ecolab's Ethical Sourcing Standards represents a global supply chain initiative requiring our direct suppliers to protect the health, safety and human rights of their employees. Suppliers must meet standards regarding forced labor, child labor, health and safety, fair pay and harassment in the workplace. 

In accordance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, Ecolab has established the following compliance policy:

Ecolab's Response to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 is below and is available by clicking here.

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657), effective January 1, 2012, requires certain companies to disclose information regarding their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains.

In accordance with the Act, Ecolab’s disclosures are as follows:

1. Verification. In order to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery in its supply chains, Ecolab has developed a detailed supplier ethical assessment that its top suppliers must complete in order to verify compliance with Ecolab’s ethical sourcing requirements. Ecolab has required its top suppliers in the chemical, packaging, equipment and contract manufacturing categories to complete the assessment, and we continue to expand the number and scope of suppliers required to complete the assessment. Suppliers are questioned not only on their policies, but on management practices and specific performance related to protection of employees’ human rights and prevention and elimination of trafficking and slavery.

2. Auditing. Ecolab does not currently conduct on-site audits of suppliers related to trafficking and slavery in supply chains, but is evaluating whether to expand its existing auditing program to incorporate trafficking and slavery standards.

3. Certification. Ecolab requires all suppliers to comply with applicable government regulations, as well as with Ecolab policies and procedures. Ecolab plans to incorporate a certification requirement into its supplier ethical assessment in 2012.

4. Accountability. Ecolab’s employees are held internally accountable for ensuring that Ecolab meets its standards regarding slavery and trafficking through Ecolab’s Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct requires employees and contractors to engage in ethical source selection. It also makes clear that compliance with applicable government regulations and Company policies and procedures is required of all Ecolab suppliers, agents and consultants.

5. Training. Ecolab provides training to its supply chain and purchasing employees, as well as to its suppliers, regarding Ecolab’s ethical sourcing policies and procedures.

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