California Transparency in Supply Chain Act Disclosure
The Home Depot, its affiliates, divisions, and subsidiaries strive to conduct business in a responsible manner. As we expand our business activities and work with suppliers domestically and globally to meet customers’ needs, it is important to preserve our collective commitment to human rights and safety in the workplace.
The Home Depot expects that all suppliers will abide by all applicable international and local laws, rules and regulations in the manufacture and distribution of merchandise or services provided to The Home Depot. All suppliers are strongly encouraged to exceed The Home Depot’s guidelines and promote continuous improvement throughout their operations.
On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) will go into effect in the State of California. This law was designed to increase the amount of information made available by manufacturers and retailers regarding their efforts (if any) to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking, thereby allowing consumers to make better, more informed choices regarding the products they buy and the companies they choose to support.
Since 2005, The Home Depot has had a set of Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) Standards which all suppliers are obligated to comply with by contract. Specifically our standards state the following for “Forced Labor”:
“Suppliers will not use of any form of involuntary labor including forced, prison, indentured, bonded, slave, or human trafficked labor.”
We also actively monitor child labor in our supply chain which can be associated with slavery and human trafficking:
“Suppliers must not employ workers younger than the greater of 15 years of age -- or 14 where the local law allows such exception consistent with International Labor Organization guidelines -- or the age for completing compulsory education or the minimum age established by law in the country of manufacture.
In addition, Suppliers must comply with all local legal requirements for the work of authorized young workers, particularly those pertaining to hours of work, wages, and working conditions.”
The Home Depot has staff worldwide and utilizes a number of third party social responsibility firms in its effort to monitor and prevent human’s rights abuse in our supply chain.