Ward & Parish strives to achieve and maintain high standards of corporate integrity and ethical behavior in every aspect of our business. Further, we expect business partners, suppliers, and contractors (collectively, "Suppliers") who are involved in the manufacture of our products to conduct their businesses not only in a lawful manner but also in compliance with the same high standards of integrity and ethics we follow internally. Such standards are set forth in the Ward & Parish Supplier Code of Conduct ("Code of Conduct").
The Code of Conduct sets forth important legal, ethical, behavioral, and other requirements for parties who wish to be Ward & Parish Suppliers in the following areas: Transparent Recordkeeping Practices, Child Labor, Forced Labor, Fair Compensation, Working Hours, Non-discrimination, Health and Safety, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, the Environment, Conflicts of Interest, and Anti-bribery.
Suppliers must not only certify their own compliance with the Code of Conduct, they must take all reasonable and necessary steps to ensure compliance by any sub-contractors and sub-suppliers with whom they conduct business. Additionally, Ward & Parish requires all Suppliers to disseminate and communicate the Code of Conduct to all their workers and supervisors.
Ward & Parish also engages independent firms to conduct social and environmental responsibility inspections of manufacturing facilities and to help facilitate our social responsibility program. Thus, the Suppliers who manufacture our products are regularly inspected to monitor compliance with our Code of Conduct and applicable laws and regulations. All new Suppliers are subject to inspection before we commence doing business. Suppliers are expected to promptly take corrective action to address any identified deficiencies. Although we endeavor to work with Suppliers to assist them in achieving compliance (by, for example, providing informational resources and training), Ward & Parish reserves the right to terminate immediately its relationship with a Supplier found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct.
Ward & Parish also has established internal policies that apply to all Ward & Parish personnel, including employees, officers, and directors (collectively, "Employees"). Ward & Parish has communicated to Employees whose duties involve our supply chain that they must comply with all applicable laws and regulations and that our Suppliers must comply with the Code of Conduct. Employees who require guidance on a legal or ethical question or who have witnessed or have knowledge of illegal or unethical activity have been instructed to consult with designated contacts within our company, depending on the specific circumstances. All reports of alleged violations will be investigated.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires many companies manufacturing or selling products in California to disclose their efforts (if any) to address the issues of human trafficking and slavery, thereby allowing consumers to make more informed choices regarding the products they buy.
To address human trafficking and slavery in our supply chain, Ward & Parish: (1) engages in third-party verification to ensure that our supply chain is in compliance with our Code of Conduct and all applicable laws regarding slavery and human trafficking; (2) engages in independent audits of Suppliers to confirm adherence to our standards regarding slavery and human trafficking; (3) requires Suppliers to certify that the products they supply comply with both the Code of Conduct and all applicable laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the country or countries in which they are doing business; (4) holds Employees and Suppliers accountable to our standards regarding slavery and human trafficking; and (5) trains Employees responsible for supply chain management on mitigating the risk of human trafficking and slave labor.Scroll to TOP