California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
As of January 1, 2012, many companies manufacturing or selling products in the state of California will be required to disclose their efforts to address the issue of forced labor and human trafficking, regarding the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657). This law was designed to increase the amount of information made available by companies with regard to efforts to eradicate forced labor and human trafficking, thereby allowing consumers to make better, more informed choices regarding the products they buy and the companies they choose to support.
Forced labor and human trafficking can take many forms, including child labor. Gothlanders has a zero-tolerance policy for both forced labor and child labor and we are committed to ensuring that our supply chain reflects our respect for human rights.
Our relationships with vendors are based on lawful, efficient and fair practices. We expect our vendors to obey the laws that require them to treat workers fairly, and provide a safe and healthy work environment. We require our vendors to confirm in writing via a vendor agreement that they, and the factories they use, conform to these standards, and we maintain a file of these agreements.
We also reserve the right to require third-party audits of our vendors and the factories they use to verify each supplier’s compliance with local laws. We reserve the right to terminate the relationship with any vendor who fails to comply with our requirements.