Baker Commodities, Inc. is dedicated to conducting business in a lawful and ethical manner, and it is Baker’s expectation that all affiliates and suppliers also conduct themselves in such a manner. Baker complies with federal, state, and foreign laws regarding labor practices in all parts of the world where it operates.
Baker is in full compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act (SB 657), which requires retail and manufacturing companies to disclose what efforts they have taken to ensure their supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. To that end, Baker makes the disclosures herein in accordance with the Act.
Baker strongly opposes any and all illegal or unethical treatment of people, including any acts of slavery or human trafficking. The vast majority of Baker’s direct suppliers are located in the United States. All 50 of the United States have laws making forced labor and human trafficking a serious crime. So far as Baker is aware, no direct supplier, whether located inside our outside of the United States, is or has ever been accused of engaging in forced labor or human trafficking.
Because Baker does such infrequent business with suppliers outside of the United States, Baker does not engage in verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery, nor does it conduct audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. Baker does not require direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human rights trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business. Nevertheless, a large percentage of the agreements that Baker enters into with suppliers require the supplier to conduct business in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, statues, rules or regulations, which would include compliance with laws against slavery and human trafficking.
Baker does not provide company employees and management training on human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products. Baker does, however, maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards or violating any laws or regulations, which would include standards regarding slavery and human trafficking. Baker is committed to further developing its accountability standards and procedures specifically to address its suppliers’ compliance with the Transparency in Supply Chain Act.