Under the California Act, companies of a certain size doing business in the State of California are obliged to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct product supply chains for the goods that they offer for sale.
While we don't meet this size, we want you to be doubly sure the people working for and at OUTTIRE are being paid a fair wage and treated with the highest regards of human decency.
OUTTIRE's products and major supplier relationships are governed by the Supplier Code of Conduct (“Supplier Code of Conduct”) which includes the absolute prohibition of forced or bonded labor. In this disclosure, we explain in detail how we apply our Supplier Code of Conduct in practice through good governance practices.
OUTTIRE has adopted the following broad definition of slavery: “a person who is forced to work, without pay, under threat of violence, who cannot walk away,” as defined by the international non-governmental organization Free the Slaves (see http://www.freetheslaves.net/about-slavery/faqs-glossary/).
OUTTIRE has adopted the following broad definition of human trafficking: “any recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery” as defined in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protections Act of 2000.
OUTTIRE assesses our risk of slavery and human trafficking as low for the following reasons:
1. Verification of Product Supply Chain: We verify our product supply chain by conducting audits of the service providers and raw material providers with which we do business to ensure compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct and guidelines, including our Global Business Integrity Program. We ensure we know the exact sites where Company products are manufactured. Both human trafficking and slavery fall within our Code’s definition of “forced labor” and, as such, are strictly prohibited, and penalized, at all stages of the product supply chain.
2. Maintains internal accountability standards: We have developed a code of conduct for all parties working with OUTTIRE – as embodied in the Global Business Integrity Program. In the case of non-compliance, the Company reserves the right to examine the specific situation and develop a strategy for resolution. If non-compliance is not resolved within a designated time frame, the Company may terminate a business relationship.
OUTTIRE will continue to assess our business and supply chains to identify potential risks and then target those areas with policies, procedures and training to ensure it maintains appropriate safeguards against the mistreatment of people within the industry.