On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) went into effect in the State of California. The law is designed to increase the amount of information made available by manufacturers and retailers regarding their efforts to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking, thereby allowing consumers to make better, more informed choices regarding the products they buy and the companies they choose to support.
B. Braun holds a deep commitment to sustainability in all of its forms. Part of that is an abiding passion for social responsibility, which B. Braun fulfills with many contributions towards social cohesion and improving living conditions for all people. This is why the company takes advantage of numerous opportunities to put its social responsibility into practice. B. Braun is active around the globe in combating urgent local problems. B. Braun is opposed to slavery and human trafficking, and we desire our supply chain to be free of these scourges.
We have taken specific steps concerning slavery and human trafficking, including requiring our suppliers to certify that they will comply with all applicable laws and regulations and warrant that they will not rely upon nor promote in the manufacture, production, and packaging of products, any child labor, forced or compulsory labor, or human trafficking. We include these requirements in our purchase orders, supply agreements, supplier qualification process and supplier audit process.
We believe that the approach set forth above will help to prevent human trafficking and slavery within our supply chain.