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Calavo - Taking Responsibility

The purpose of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (S.B.657) is to provide the public with information about a company’s efforts to address the global issue of human trafficking and slavery. 

At Calavo Growers, we believe that adhering to the highest possible standards of integrity and ethical behavior is paramount to success, so we have set high standards for the way we conduct business, from sound business ethics to corporate and social responsibility.

We take responsibility for continually improving our processes, practices and actions to maintain high standards in the ethical sourcing of commodities and materials associated with our product line.  Our expectation is that our suppliers, whose conduct reflects on Calavo Growers and its reputation, will lawfully conduct their business with the same standards of integrity and ethical behavior to protect the human rights of their employees and to treat them with dignity and respect as we do.   This includes prohibiting the use of forced labor or child labor; preventing harassment, abuse and violence, and discrimination; ensuring a safe and healthy work environment; providing freedom of association and collective bargaining; complying with the minimum wage and benefits required by law; ensuring working hours do not exceed the maximum set by applicable law; and operating in strict compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in effect where the supplier does business.

We take the following steps to ensure that human trafficking and forced labor do not exist in our supply chain or in that of their suppliers and sub contractors.

–  Calavo maintains internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and human trafficking.  Effective 6/28/12, Calavo’s Code of Conduct was revised and approved by the Board of Directors to include standards to prevent human trafficking and slavery.  The Code of Conduct provides for employees, management and vendors to report misconduct or other ethical violations, including human trafficking and slavery. If any form of forced labor, including human trafficking and slavery is found in our supply chain, Calavo can take action upon discovery including immediate remediation and possible termination of the business relationship.

–  Calavo provides company employees and management,who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, training on slavery and human trafficking, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products. Effective September 1, 2012, Calavo’s employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management completed training on human trafficking and slavery, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, and the changes to the Calavo Code of Conduct regarding revisions to address the law. 

–  While Calavo does not engage in verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of slavery and human trafficking, management in all Calavo locations has been informed of Calavo’s zero tolerance for human trafficking and slavery.  Calavo management worldwide is aware of their responsibilities to promptly report such incidents to their regional management, the Corporate Director of Human Resources or to Calavo’s Hot Line.

–  Though Calavo does not conduct audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for slavery and human trafficking in supply chains, Calavo supply chain management has been informed of Calavo’s zero tolerance for human trafficking and slavery and they have been educated about this policy. Calavo management worldwide is aware of their responsibilities to promptly report such potential incidents as noted above.

–  While Calavo does not require direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the countries in which they are doing business, all suppliers have access to Calavo’s Code of Conduct which includes the company’s position on human trafficking and slavery.  A notice was added to vendor check stubs regarding Calavo’s stand on human trafficking and slavery and referring vendors to the Calavo Code of Conduct.  In addition, excerpts from the Code of Conduct regarding human trafficking and slavery are posted in key locations for both employees and vendors and/or may also be distributed to vendors who pick up vendor checks.