Bridgford Foods Corporation is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen, and to actively engaging and promoting socially responsible and ethical business practices. This commitment extends to our supply chain, and we work with our suppliers to ensure that together we manage our business and business relationships in a socially responsible and ethical way.
Effective January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires Bridgford Foods to disclose our efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain. Bridgford combats human trafficking on two fronts: first, by holding our suppliers to a high standard of accountability; and second, by ensuring our own employees are made aware of the problem of human trafficking, and providing them with relevant training about the problem of human trafficking. Bridgford is committed to conducting its business in a lawful and ethical manner, and therefore expects both its suppliers and employees to comport themselves in the same manner.
Bridgford has long required compliance with applicable labor and employment laws, including those that address the illegality of human trafficking and slavery. Now, we are taking steps to verify such compliance from our suppliers. To evaluate and address the risks of human trafficking and slavery specific to each link in our supply chain, and verify that our suppliers are combating human trafficking, Bridgford Foods utilizes a Supplier Code of Conduct, which prohibits all types of illegal conduct by our suppliers including unlawful discrimination and harassment as well as human trafficking and slavery. The Code of Conduct makes clear Bridgford Foods’ commitment to eradicating human trafficking. Bridgford Foods requires each and every supplier to accept the Supplier Code of Conduct, and to sign an acknowledgement of receipt of the Code.
To evaluate supplier compliance with our Supplier Code, particularly with the provisions that prohibit human trafficking and slavery, Bridgford Foods has obtained the authority to conduct unannounced audits of its suppliers to ensure their compliance with the Code of Conduct. If Bridgford ever receives a Complaint or other constructive knowledge of an allegation of human trafficking or slavery, it requires the supplier to perform a thorough and complete investigation and report the results of the investigation to Bridgford. Additionally, Bridgford Foods requires that suppliers certify that all materials incorporated into their products abide by applicable laws regarding slavery and human trafficking.
Moreover, Bridgford Foods has a corporate Human Rights Policy. This policy further advances our goal of remaining socially responsible, while at the same time maintaining an accountability standard to which we hold our employees. As our policy states, we have zero tolerance for human trafficking and slavery. This policy is distributed to, and applicable to, all employees.
To make sure our employees have the requisite knowledge to aid in our efforts to eradicate human trafficking, Bridgford Foods makes available to all our employees various training and information addressing human rights, including the human trafficking training offered by the Department of Homeland Security. All employees are encouraged to avail themselves of these trainings and opportunities.
Bridgford Foods is committed to working closely with its suppliers and others to raise awareness of and eradicate slavery and human trafficking. We remain vigilant on this issue, and, if necessary, will hold any offending supplier accountable for its violation of our policies and the law.