The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657), effective January 1, 2012, requires retail sellers and manufacturers doing business in the State of California to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains for tangible goods offered for sale.
Belkin has a “Supplier Social Accountability Audit Checklist/Report” (SSAAC/R). Belkin uses the SSAAC/R to assess our suppliers’ practices with respect to its workers, including slavery and human trafficking. The SSAAC/R is sent to suppliers once a year and our Belkin Team follows-up with onsite inspections. Belkin does not use a third party auditor.
Belkin conducts audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for human trafficking and slavery in supply chains. Belkin vets all potential suppliers on multiple levels prior to bringing them into the supply chain approved vendor list. At the present time, Belkin audits are not independent and unannounced. Belkin may consider independent and unannounced audits in the future.
Belkin requires suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the country or countries in which they are doing business. Belkin’s SSAAC/R incorporates this requirement.
Belkin maintains internal accountability standards and procedures for employees and contractors. This standard is reflected in Belkin’s Code of Conduct. All employees are required to comply with Belkin’s Code of Conduct.
Belkin provides company employees and management, who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, training on human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products.