SUPPLY CHAIN LABOR PRACTICES POLICY
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Commitment & Policy:
At Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, we're proud of our commitment to make the world a more comfortable place: for everyone. This mantra is entrenched in our products, our people, our presentation and our promise to provide an elevated level of customer satisfaction.
We're also committed to doing our part to eradicate human trafficking and forced labor in its global product supply chains. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams will realize this commitment by working with Vendors/Suppliers who conduct their business with integrity and comply fully with all applicable legal requirements related to human trafficking and forced labor.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams expects its existing and new Vendors/Suppliers to act in accordance with the standards set forth in this policy.
All Vendors/Suppliers are expected to sign the Vendor/Supplier Code of Conduct, which stipulates that:
- Vendors/Suppliers certify that materials incorporated into Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams products comply with the laws regarding human trafficking and forced labor of the country or countries in which they do business.
- Vendors/Suppliers independently engage in verification of their product supply chain to evaluate and address any risk with involuntary labor, human trafficking or forced labor.
- Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams may schedule internal or independent third-party factory compliance audits with any of its Vendors/Suppliers to verify compliance with these requirements.
- Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams may, in its sole discretion, either terminate the business relationship or execute permanent corrective actions in partnership with the supplier if it determines that any partner has violated these requirements.
To verify compliance of suppliers to these requirements, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams may conduct independent, third–party audits and/or require the disclosure of supplier information regarding labor practices. Audits will aim to identify any improper labor practices, including forced labor, prison labor, indentured labor or bonded labor that may exist.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has internally assessed and verified its supply chain, and additional attention regarding auditing protocol and reporting is given to Vendor/Supplier sites located in countries identified as high risk for human trafficking and forced labor. All audits will include visual inspections, review of documents and records (e.g. employee contracts), and confidential interviews with workers in their native language.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams utilizes both announced and unannounced audits with factories to verify compliance, which may or may not incorporate offsite interviewing and surveillance techniques as appropriate based on perceived risk. Audits may be executed on an unannounced basis for suppliers in high risk countries for human trafficking and forced labor issues.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams holds its employees to the highest standards of integrity and honesty in business practices. Associate training is provided on required Vendor/Supplier employment practices and working conditions, including policies on involuntary labor, human trafficking, and forced labor.
All Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams associates are required to uphold the tenets listed in the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Vendor/Supplier Code of Conduct and are subject to disciplinary measures, including termination, for failing to abide by all applicable laws and company standards.
Any employee or contractor who becomes aware of a Vendor/Supplier who does not comply with the human trafficking or forced labor laws in the country or countries in which they do business must report that suspected violation to the Vice President of Human Resources, Dan Gauthreaux.