On September 30, 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into legislation an act that required retailers and manufacturers who conduct business in California to delineate the steps they have undertaken to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from product supply chains, and requires that companies disclose their efforts to ensure that their supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (also known as SB 657) legislation is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2012.
As one of the oldest and most widely recognized companies dealing in the world wide trade of food products, Otis McAllister, Inc. is committed to ensuring that our supply chain partners operate within our company’s core culture - a culture based on core values of people, integrity, and excellence, and inspired by a philosophy of caring for the people we serve and the people we work with every day.
Otis McAllister’s Mission Statement has long pre-existed SB 657, and reads, “To conduct business with all suppliers and clients in an ethical manner befitting our one hundred and twenty year history as a key company in the worldwide food industry.” Inherent to our mission statement and our commitment to conducting our business in an ethical manner, is our commitment to eradicating human trafficking and slavery throughout our supply chain. To do so, we have established several key processes designed to ensure ethical standards throughout the supply chain are met and maintained, including the following:
- Education and Training: At the very core of our corporate culture is the selection process. Each company employee is carefully selected for each and every position in the company. All employees receive training on a continuous basis, and all employees are committed to the eradication of human trafficking and slavery throughout the supply chain.
- Initial Consideration: Any potential supply chain partner is personally interviewed by appropriately trained and specialized staff, thus ensuring that their business operation meets our own personal and professional expectations for ethical business operations, including, at a minimum, being free from human trafficking or slavery.
- Internal, On-Site Audits: To ensure that any potential supply chain partner is capable of meeting the very strict food safety, food quality, and social responsibility requirements of our customers, our trained, specialized staff personally visits each supply chain partner location initially and on a repetitive basis. During site visits, our staff discusses important issues relevant to food safety and food quality, including important social responsibility inquiries about hygiene, workplace safety, training, review of records and logs, and observation and meeting with the supply chain partner’s employees.
- Independent, Third-Party Audits: Independent, third-party food quality, food safety, and social responsibility auditors are used on both an announced and unannounced basis to inspect and review supply chain partners’ records and operations to ensure that all requirements and laws are being complied with. Specially trained Otis McAllister internal staff review and monitor all audits to ensure supply chain partner compliance. Those found not to be in compliance are given an opportunity to explain and correct any non-compliance issue. Those unable or unwilling to comply are removed from our company’s list of approved supply chain partners. All audits not deemed to be sensitive or privileged information are posted on the International Compliance and Information Exchange (www.iCiX.com) for open review.
Otis McAllister, Inc. is supportive of efforts to help eradicate human trafficking and slavery in supply chains globally, and plans to continually review, evaluate, and strengthen its business practices, supply chain procedures, and policies throughout our areas of influence in the global food industry.