Earthbound Farm is opposed to human trafficking and slave labor of any kind. We have taken the following steps to ensure that slave labor and human trafficking are not present in our supply chain:
Earthbound Farm requires that all farms in our grower community be Global GAP certified. In addition to Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to ensure the production of the safest food possible, the Global GAP certification also covers treatment of workers, ensuring that employees know their rights and are treated in accordance with all applicable labor laws, and that their human rights are protected.
All vendors, including non-farm vendors, will be required to sign Earthbound Farm’s Vendor Social Accountability Agreement, which requires that supplier employees know their rights and are treated in accordance with all applicable labor laws, and that their human rights are protected. Our Vendor Social Accountability Principles expressly prohibit the use of slave labor and human trafficking, directly or indirectly, in our supply chain. All suppliers will be required to certify compliance with these principles.
Earthbound Farm regularly conducts audits of our direct suppliers (as well as second- and third-tier suppliers) prior to approving them as suppliers and on an ongoing basis (announced and unannounced). These audits are conducted by our Quality, Food Safety & Organic Integrity (QFSOI) team, who are trained in assessing risks in our supply chain.