Sourcing Our Raw Materials and Products

Feb 06, 2013

Our Statement about the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 & UK Modern Slavery Act:

Shaw will work to identify and do business with partners who aspire to conduct their business in a similar manner. Shaw is committed to sourcing its products from vendors who have agreed to operate their supply chains in a socially responsible manner. In particular, Shaw condemns the use of child labor, slavery and human trafficking. 

To this end, Shaw is doing the following:

  1. Verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. Shaw has begun the process of performing geographical risk assessments of its finished product and raw material suppliers to determine the risk of noncompliance.  This risk assessment is not performed by a third party.
  2. Audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. Shaw has developed standards for supplier behavior and has developed a supplier guide as a basis for future audits.  These audits are not performed by a third party.
  3. Certification by direct suppliers that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business. Shaw requests each of its vendors to agree to comply with the laws of the countries in which they do business, including laws against child labor, slavery and human trafficking, and unsafe working conditions. This requirement is included in our Vendor Purchasing Agreement.
  4. Internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking. Shaw has internal accountability standards for its employees and has developed and is rolling out a Sustainable Sourcing Supplier Guide for our direct suppliers.
  5. Training to company employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management on issues of human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products.

Shaw regularly conducts training of its associates on the requirements of our internal Code of Conduct. Shaw also provides specific training on issues of human trafficking and slavery on a biennial basis.