Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, residents of California have the right to request from a business, with whom the California resident has an established business relationship, certain information with respect to the types of personal information the business shares with third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information during the immediately preceding calendar year. To exercise your rights, you may make one request each year by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also see a copy of our information disclosure practices by reading the “Disclosure of Personal Information” section of our Privacy and Security Statement.
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.
Supply Chain Verification
In addition to the contractual obligations outlined above, The Home Depot performs factory assessments of suppliers on a periodic basis in accordance with our risk-based approach. These assessments are conducted by trained individuals from our internal Social & Environmental Responsibility Team as well as our third party social responsibility firm partners.
The Home Depot utilizes announced audits during the new supplier engagement process as one piece of our overall supplier compliance strategy. In addition to these announced audits, we have other tools in place to assist in our social accountability strategy which encompasses slavery and human trafficking as previously noted. These tools include Pre-source assessments, specific response audits when we are directly made aware of an issue by any source, and a comprehensive risk based Re-audit program to ensure these factories are monitored on a continuous basis.
The Home Depot has a Supplier Buying Agreement in place with all our direct suppliers requiring them to comply with international standards and applicable laws and regulations, including those related to forced labor and child labor as specified in The Home Depot’s Social and Environmental Responsibility Standards.
Supplier Accountability Program
The Home Depot believes in “Remediation not Termination”; however, we recognize the need to have a strong program which holds our partners accountable for failing to meet our standards. To achieve this, we have a termination policy in place which defines the circumstances in which a factory or supplier will be excluded from conducting business with The Home Depot. Efforts towards remediation and improving factories through capability building include our Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) and Transparency and Improvement (TIP) programs.
The Home Depot trains employees responsible for sourcing products on how to identify and respond to social and environmental responsibility issues, such as forced labor or child labor. All associates and contractors of The Home Depot are also required to comply with our Business Code of Conduct and Ethics, which includes provisions aimed to ensure that these business partner or supplier operations are complying with all applicable laws.