California Transparency Act
Last updated: September 14th, 2022
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires certain companies manufacturing or selling products in the State of California to disclose their efforts (if any) to eradicate forced labor and human trafficking from their direct supply chains for goods they offer for sale.
Forced labor and human trafficking can take many forms, including child labor. SAMBAZON Inc. and its affiliated companies doing business in California, (collectively, “SAMBAZON”), have a zero-tolerance policy for both forced labor and child labor used in the manufacture of all products that they sell.
In order to work with SAMBAZON, vendors and their contractors in the U.S. and other countries are expected to operate in a manner that respects the rights of people and to abide by SAMBAZON's Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct requires that vendors and their contractors who provide products to SAMBAZON not engage in any labor practices that violate the laws and regulations of the country where the products are manufactured or assembled and not engage in any unsanitary or unsafe labor conditions. This Code of Conduct, which follows the U.S. Department of Labor regulations and the Fair Labor Standards Act, provides, among other things, that SAMBAZON’s suppliers and its contractors may not use or support child, indentured, involuntary, or prison labor in the manufacture of the products sold to SAMBAZON.
The SAMBAZON Code of Conduct is an integral part of the SAMBAZON Standard Vendor Agreement, SAMBAZON Purchase Orders, Import Letters of Credit, and SAMBAZON's form Services and Consulting Agreements.
II. Verification and Audit
Vendors and their contractors must maintain written records evidencing compliance with the provisions of the Code of Conduct and must make those records available to SAMBAZON upon request.
SAMBAZON directly imports merchandise for sale and SAMBAZON requires 100% of all foreign plants that supply these SAMBAZON materials to follow SAMBAZON’s Code of Conduct. This may include providing SAMBAZON with a copy of a third-party audit, which may be announced or unannounced, evidencing compliance with the Code of Conduct, including its child and forced labor prohibitions.
The Company is a fair trade certified (Fair for Life Ecocert) https://www.fairforlife.org/pmws/indexDOM.php?client_id=fairforlife&page_id=home that audits all acai production and processing as well as SAMBAZON policies. It verifies that members operate with responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices. SAMBAZON also employs additional 3rd party auditing for material suppliers to these and USA facilities.
Sourcing Managers receive annual training on the Code of Conduct, which includes updates and discussions of child labor laws and their importance in sourcing goods and services.
Any employee who fails to abide by the forced and child labor provisions of SAMBAZON’s Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include termination. SAMBAZON may terminate its relationship with a vendor found to be using child or forced labor to produce products that it sells (or attempts to sell) to SAMBAZON. That vendor will also be subject to damages resulting from breach of its agreement with SAMBAZON.