The WhiteWave Foods Company (“WhiteWave”), recognizes the cruelties of slavery and human trafficking that continue to exist in our society. In compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, and in an effort to help eradicate these atrocities, WhiteWave has taken and/or will be taking certain steps to ensure that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
First, WhiteWave is working to enhance its verification process of its supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. WhiteWave requires it suppliers to comply with its Supplier Code of Conduct which compels compliance with all laws and regulations in their countries of operation, including manufacturing, environmental, and human rights laws. The Supplier Code of Conduct expressly prohibits the use of forced, indentured or child labor in the WhiteWave supply chain. WhiteWave has imposed this Supplier Code of Conduct upon all its suppliers and strives to incorporate it in all supply chain related agreements, among others.
Second, WhiteWave is in the process of enhancing its supply chain audit processes and on-site verifications of suppliers and growers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. These standards are currently being developed. These audits and on-site verifications will be conducted by WhiteWave and/or outside contractors.
Third, WhiteWave is developing training for all company employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management. This training will include information on human trafficking and slavery and recognizing and mitigating risks within the supply chains.
The need to evaluate and address the risks of human trafficking and slavery in its product supply chain is part of WhiteWave’s commitment to corporate responsibility and will remain a critical aspect of its supplier management. WhiteWave will continue to require its suppliers, vendors, and employees to comply with its prohibition against slavery and human trafficking.