Conducting our business in a socially responsible way has been a central tenet since we first opened Pacific Natural Foods’ doors 25 years ago. Among our core values, we expect our employees to always act ethically and honestly with our colleagues, customers, contractors, vendors, governments, and members of our local and world community.
We are committed to the Global Food Safety Initiative, which seeks continuous improvement in food safety management and methods to assure the delivery of safe food to consumers throughout the world. We voluntarily participate in the certification and audit programs provided by the Safe Quality Food Institute. We are also proud of our Certified to the Source Program, which we view as the industry standard in ensuring that our vendors supply us with the safest and highest quality ingredients, and that those ingredients are produced in compliance with all applicable labor and employment laws.
Pacific Natural Foods complies with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. We maintain the highest standards in ethically sourcing all products used in the manufacture of our products. This is what we do:
· We verify that our product supply chains evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. We do this by requiring annual written certification from our suppliers and vendors through our Certified to the Source Program that they do not have business relationships with suppliers engaged in human trafficking or using forced or child labor. We may also engage independent third parties to audit our suppliers regarding compliance with these requirements.
· We periodically conduct our own audits of suppliers to ensure compliance with our company standards prohibiting trafficking, slavery, and child labor. We will also engage third parties to conduct random, unannounced, and independent audits of suppliers and vendors to verify compliance with our company standards.
· We require our direct suppliers and vendors through our Certified to the Source Program to verify annually in writing that materials incorporated into products comply with all laws prohibiting slavery and human trafficking in the country or countries in which they do business.
· We maintain internal accountability standards to assure all of our employees comply with company standards prohibiting human trafficking and the use of child labor. We take appropriate remedial action in the event of any violation of these standards.
· We provide training on human trafficking and slavery to our management and employees who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products. Among other things, our employees and management are afforded opportunity for training through participation in industry trade groups, on-line programs, and by monitoring industry practices of companies in the natural food industry.