Nestlé Purina PetCare Company supports the goals of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and strives to be an example of good human rights and labor practices throughout its business activities. Nestlé Purina’s actions in this area include the following:
1. Product Supply Chains / Suppliers
The Nestlé Supplier Code, which is provided to our suppliers, establishes standards for Nestlé Purina suppliers in the areas of Health and Safety, Labor Standards, Business Integrity, and the Environment. Nestlé Purina is also a member of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains, which assists in verification of Nestlé Purina supply chains. Sedex is currently being used by a number of leading retailers and brand manufacturers and over 15,000 sites are registered on Sedex. More information can be found at www.sedexglobal.com.
2. Supplier Audits
Nestlé Purina reserves the right to verify our Supplier’s compliance with various Nestlé Purina standards, including the Nestlé Supplier Code. Nestlé Purina confirms supplier compliance with the Nestlé Supplier Code through either a combination of third party certifications or a Responsible Sourcing Audit conducted by a third party. In the event that Nestlé Purina becomes aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with its standards, Nestlé Purina reserves the right to demand corrective measures.
3. Supplier Certification
Nestlé Purina’s standard terms require suppliers to represent that they fully comply with all applicable laws, which would include laws regarding the prohibition of slavery and human trafficking.
4. Code of Business Conduct – Internal Accountability
The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles prescribe certain values and principles which the entire Nestlé Group has committed to worldwide. This Code of Business Conduct specifies and helps the continued implementation of the Nestlé Corporate Business Principles by establishing certain standards of behavior in key areas by Nestlé employees and contractors.
5. Employee Training
The most recent version of The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles was provided to Nestlé’s 280,000 global employees by the end of 2010 and was promoted by through various learning and training tools. Nestlé Purina employees are annually required to acknowledge that they have read and comply with The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles.