The following are our thoughts related to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) and work done to address risks of human trafficking and slavery.
We have great concern for the rights of all who work to provide products sold in our stores. We address such matters in our agreements with our suppliers; in fact, the code of conduct in our agreements requires that our suppliers:
…represent and warrant that the goods sold to TJ's were produced, harvested, manufactured, processed, packaged, labeled, transported, delivered, and sold in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations of the United States of America and all of its subdivisions and, if applicable, the laws of any other country, state, or international governing body… that the goods sold to TJ's were not produced, harvested, manufactured, processed, packaged, labeled, transported, or delivered using forced or prison labor or forced or illegal child labor.
We monitor compliance with our agreement through scheduled and unannounced visits and audits of our suppliers' facilities, using our own crew members and third-party groups.
If any of our suppliers are found to be not in compliance with our agreement, we will terminate the relationship.
As we expect our suppliers to abide by these requirements, it also our expectation that Trader Joe's Crew Members follow suit. We hold ourselves accountable to these standards and work to inform and train our people covering the supply chain of the products we offer our customers on the risks of human trafficking and slavery.