Responsibility Across the Supply Chain
We expect every supplier to meet our high standards around social, labor and environmental regulations and conduct its business with honesty, fairness and ethics.
Clearly outlining these expectations is our Global Supplier Code of Conduct, a shared commitment to "Doing Things Right." It emphasizes our commitment to protecting the working rights and safety of the people who work with our Company or supply our Company with goods and services, while recognizing the cultural and legal differences found throughout the world.
The Global Supplier Code requires direct suppliers to contractually agree not to employ children, prison labor, indentured or bonded labor, or to participate in human trafficking. In addition to quality audits as part of our supply chain assessment, we use third party firms to perform scheduled social compliance audits and look for any evidence of human rights violations in targeted suppliers’ facilities.
Our Global Responsible Sourcing Program ensures all Smucker products are produced ethically and in accordance with local laws and standards. It empowers the workers of our supply chain with the management of social, ethical and environmental impacts in their communities. And it protects our business and brand reputation through the implementation of effective and proactive supply chain risk management systems.
We recognize that our supply chains are essential for our business but that they represent the livelihood for countless farmers and growers. We are committed to supporting these producers and their families.
Operating with the highest ethical standards has always been an expectation of our Company. We respect human and animal rights and take steps to ensure this is shared across our supply chain.
Ensuring Compliance in an Ever-Changing Regulatory Environment
As regulatory and business environments continue to evolve, we are diligent in maintaining oversight of updates related to responsible sourcing. This includes regularly informing suppliers of changes and monitoring their processes to confirm compliance and identify opportunities for improvement to uphold our commitment to a responsible supply chain.
In addition to our regular internal processes, we are also active participants in leading organizations that promote responsible sourcing across categories, including The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), which has established a Global Social Compliance Program; Field to Market, which unites the agricultural supply chain and key stakeholders around a common sustainability framework to drive continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. agriculture; and the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC), which provides critical tools for measuring sustainable performance across the specialty crops supply chain.
Supply Chain Transparency
For more than 120 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been guided by our Basic Beliefs — the values and principles foundational to both our strategic decisions and daily behavior. These Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence have served as a strong foundation throughout our history and continue to be the basis for how we function as a Company. We rely on these time-honored values and principles as guideposts for decision-making and daily interactions with consumers, customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders.
Our relationships with suppliers are particularly important, given they directly impact our ability to meet the product quality expectations of our consumers and customers. To this end, we expect every supplier to conduct its business with the same high standards of honesty, fairness and ethics.
Our Global Supplier Code of Conduct emphasizes our commitment to protecting the working rights and safety of the people who work with the Company or supply the Company with goods and services, while recognizing the cultural and legal differences found throughout the world. The Global Supplier Code requires direct suppliers to contractually agree not to employ children, prison labor, indentured or bonded labor, or to participate in human trafficking.
In addition to quality audits as part of our supply chain assessment, we use third party firms to perform scheduled social compliance audits and look for any evidence of human rights violations in targeted suppliers’ facilities.
Through Smucker’s Responsible Sourcing Program, we will continue to evaluate the risk of human trafficking and slavery in our supply chain as our Company grows. We will also institute training programs for our supply chain employees as necessary to manage any identified risks that would or could potentially threaten our continued dedication to our Basic Beliefs.
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