Central Garden & Pet Company (“Central”) is committed to fostering a work environment and business relationships that are free from human trafficking and slavery, including all forms of forced labor and illegal child labor. We believe strongly that we have a responsibility to promote ethical and lawful practices in our own operations and employment relationships. We also will not tolerate any practice that constitutes or facilitates human trafficking or slavery in any part of our supply chain, including our key suppliers.
We expect each of our suppliers and business partners to operate their businesses in a manner consistent with the ethical practices that we embrace within Central. The level of conduct that we expect from our suppliers includes adherence to the following standards:
Central expects that its Suppliers will be capable of demonstrating compliance with these standards to Central’s satisfaction. Central will conduct appropriate audits and take other steps to ensure compliance. These steps include a thorough investigation of any indication that a supplier is engaging in any conduct prohibited by these standards and taking prompt appropriate remedial measures if a violation occurs. Central also expects that all of its employees, subcontractors, and business units will act strictly in accordance with these standards.
Central will, on an ongoing basis, evaluate our business operations and supply chain relationships to identify areas that may be higher risks for activities that would violate any component of this Policy so that special efforts can be focused on those areas. Central will also provide ongoing training to its employees that have direct responsibility for supply chain management on matters relating to this Policy and how best to ensure compliance.