California Transparency In Supply Chains Act Disclosure
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act took effect in the State of California on January 1, 2012. The purpose of the Act is to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in product supply chains, and to provide transparency to consumers so they may make more educated purchasing decisions.
Office Depot continues to fully support this Act, which requires companies to disclose their efforts to ensure that their supply chains are free of slavery and human trafficking. We continuously seek ways to enhance our processes to ensure that high standards of safety, quality and human rights are upheld throughout our supply chain.
Since the implementation of the Office Depot social and vendor compliance program in 2003, we have made value-based management the framework around which our global business strategy is constructed. We have committed to uphold the highest ethical, social and environmental standards in the conduct of our business and the operation of our supply chain. Fulfilling this commitment requires a comprehensive set of policies and programs integrated throughout our business operations.
We ensure our compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act by communicating our Supplier Guiding Principles and working to ensure these Principles are upheld by our business partners who manufacture, assemble and distribute our products. We require verification and certification as a condition of vendor purchasing agreements or purchase order items from each of our direct suppliers. These agreements require that these suppliers comply with applicable laws and regulations, including prohibitions on forced or child labor, slavery and human trafficking. Suppliers and their factories producing Office Depot’s private label and direct import products are selected for a vendor compliance audit. These audits are performed or evaluated by an independent third party to verify compliance with our requirements.