Disclosure Statement: Human Trafficking and Slavery in the Supply Chain
Effective January 1, 2012
On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 became effective, requiring retail sellers and manufacturers with annual worldwide gross receipts over $100 million doing business in the state of California to publicly disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. Symantec supports the passage of the Act and communicates our position through our Global Supply Chain Manufacturing and Fulfilment Code of Conduct
(“Supply Chain Code of Conduct,” “the Code”).
As a software company, Symantec does not have a large manufacturing footprint; nevertheless, we are committed to building and maintaining a responsible, ethical supply chain and are adopting continuous improvements toward this goal. For example:
- In Symantec’s Fiscal Year 2012, we published our Supply Chain Code of Conduct. This document articulates Symantec’s commitment to ethics and integrity as the foundation for business success. Symantec suppliers commit to uphold the human rights of workers, and to treat them with dignity and respect as understood by the international community and proclaimed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization’s core conventions. Symantec seeks to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our direct supply chains for tangible goods offered for sale. Additionally, the Code states that there is to be no harsh or inhumane treatment, including any sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion, or verbal abuse of workers; nor is there to be any threat of such treatment. Our suppliers are required to establish a management system for documenting their adherence to the Code and their efforts to continuously improve.
- Symantec’s Supply Chain Code of Conduct was finalized in May 2011, and was subsequently communicated to all Tier One suppliers. Beginning in Symantec’s Fiscal Year 2013, Tier One suppliers will be subject to audit based on the Code.
- The Supply Chain Code of Conduct requires all Symantec suppliers to demonstrate high ethical standards and to avoid activities that suggest even the appearance of impropriety. Symantec reserves the right to discontinue doing business with any supplier and related parties who violate our Supply Chain Code of Conduct. Symantec’s own employees are held to the standards of behavior outlined in our Employee Code of Conduct. The Employee Code of Conduct articulates our commitment to creating and maintaining a work environment based on respect for the individual. Employees are expected and required to comply with all laws and Symantec policies and guidelines relating to the treatment of all workers, and to maintaining a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.
- Beginning in Symantec’s Fiscal Year 2013, employees with direct responsibility for supply chain management will be required to complete training on recognizing human trafficking and slavery in the supply chain.
The above-stated position on slavery and human trafficking is only one of many issues addressed in Symantec’s Supply Chain Code of Conduct. Additional labor standards are outlined, along with standards addressing health and safety, environmental issues, business ethics, and additional considerations.