On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) went into effect in the State of California. Under the law, large manufacturers and retailers are required to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking within their supply chains. The law's underlying purpose is to educate consumers, so they can make informed decisions and purchase goods from companies that responsibly manage their supply chains.
Scosche is pleased to share our guiding principles and the work we do to ensure the integrity and dignity of those who make the products that Scosche sells.
Scosche expects original equipment manufacturers, vendors and suppliers of new goods we sell to retail stores and online (collectively "Suppliers") - to maintain fundamental labor and human rights standards. Specifically, we include policies in our contracts specifying that Suppliers will not use any forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or otherwise. Suppliers failing to meet our Standards or the terms of our contracts would be in breach of our agreement. We do require our Suppliers to certify that all materials incorporated into the products comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
Our Team in China invests significant time and resources to audit the factories where our products are assembled; to work with these factories to improve workplace conditions and labor practices. The team oversees the independent audits of all non-U.S. facilities for compliance with the forced labor and child labor standards. Audits are unannounced.
Scosche administers mandatory training for employees responsible for sourcing and purchasing decisions on an array of topics, including the Corporate Social Responsibility program. We also require all employees to comply with our Business Code of Conduct.
Policy on Forced Labor and Human Trafficking
What is Scosche's position on Forced Labor and Human Trafficking?
Scosche Industries (Scosche) recognizes the devastating effects of forced labor and human trafficking on society and prohibits any such form throughout our wholesale trade operations as part of our corporate social responsibility and commitment to legal compliance.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) defines forced labor as involuntary work or service demanded from a person under threat or penalty, which includes penal sanctions and the loss of rights and privileges. It can also be a means of political coercion or as punishment for holding or expressing political views.
Forced or compulsory labor is virtually globally banned. The ILO's 1930 Forced Labor Convention (No. 29) as well as the 1957 Abolition of Forced Labor Convention (No. 105) are the most widely endorsed of all international labor conventions.
What is Human Trafficking?
The United Nations General Assembly resolution 55/25 of 15 November 2000 defines Trafficking in Persons as:
The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include . . . the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
How does Scosche enforce its prohibition of Forced Labor and Human Trafficking?
Scosche has standard policies and procedures that require compliance with all laws and corporate policies, which includes this policy against Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. All employees are required to acknowledge their commitment to understand and comply with the Scosche policies. Employees also receive training on policy compliance.
As a condition to doing business with Scosche, our suppliers must agree to adopt policies and practices that support the eradication of Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, including execution of Scosche's Supplier Certification of Social Responsibility.
Scosche also has the right to make periodic, unannounced inspections of our suppliers' facilities and the facilities of our suppliers' contractors and business partners. Such inspections may include an audit and review of financial books and records.
How does Scosche maintain accountability?
Scosche has an internal process for employees to utilize in the event of any policy violation that includes the option of making an anonymous complaint. Employees receive periodic training on how to resolve disputes and address non-compliance of policies.
Scosche works closely with its suppliers to correct any breaches of its Certification of Social Responsibility. Scosche's suppliers that breach the Certification will be properly informed and if not in compliance, further action will be taken including but not limited to termination of their supply agreement.