The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act requires companies to disclose efforts they have taken to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from their direct supply chain. Clariant has several programs that address this issue.
Clariant is a member of Together for Sustainability (TfS), a joint initiative of major chemical companies to assess and steer sustainability in the supply chain. Clariant and the other companies participating in TfS obtain standardized supplier sustainability assessments done by third party provider EcoVadis. The assessments encompass questionnaires completed by the supplier as well as verification documents and screenings. The assessments include evaluation of compliance with international labor and human rights standards.
Where an audit is deemed necessary, it can be conducted through our membership in Together for Sustainability (TfS). Clariant and the other TfS companies participate in standardized audit programs and share the respective results. The audits are conducted by approved third party audit firms and include evaluation of compliance with international labor and human rights standards.
Clariant has a Code of Conduct for Suppliers that outlines our expectations for suppliers. Our suppliers form an integral part of our value chain network and we expect that they commit to ethical and sustainable business practices with regard to human rights, child protection, and labor standards. Our suppliers are expected to have read and agreed to this code of conduct in full and to act accordingly at all times.
In addition, we have a Clariant Code of Conduct for Employees that makes clear that Clariant recognizes the principles of the International Labor Organization and that those principles apply to our employees as well as our suppliers. Violation of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action. Employees who learn of illegal or improper conduct within the company or at its suppliers are encouraged to report such conduct to their manager or to the legal department, or through a confidential, third-party compliance organization with whom we partner.
Internal training on sustainability for Clariant’s procurement managers is organized regularly. In addition, procurement managers are asked to identify and implement sustainability opportunities in the supply chain as part of their annual performance targets.