Statement on the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2010) and the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015 (Section 54)
The Sherwin-Williams Company (“we” and “the Company”) is committed to fair labor practices and human rights in its business and supply chain. Our actions in this area are as follows:
Verification of our Business and Product Supply Chains
We commit resources to periodically evaluate our business and supply chain. Our model is to monitor, detect, and prevent instances of human trafficking and slavery in our business and supply chain. We employ processes and tools for due diligence on our employees, our suppliers, and subcontractors at all tiers. We have developed a risk-based audit tool and are in the beginning stages of utilization in order to review the practices of participants in our supply chain and to ensure they are compliant with applicable laws, including those related to human rights. Contracts with suppliers reserve the right to audit all suppliers’ records and facilities to assure compliance with applicable laws.
We require, through our purchase order terms and conditions, as well as our Supplier Code of Conduct incorporated therein, direct suppliers and subcontractors to certify, to the best of their knowledge and belief, that they do not engage in or support human trafficking, slavery or servitude, or use any indentured bonded, prison, or forced labor.
We maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees, suppliers and subcontractors. Failure to comply with such policies can result in adverse actions, including termination for employees, suppliers and subcontractors.
We have implemented a company-wide training and awareness program on the prohibition against human trafficking and forced labor. Our program addresses the definitions of human trafficking and forced labor, how to minimize potential risks, types of prohibited activities, how to report suspected violations, and the importance of these issues to the Company. We provide detailed training to employees and management with direct responsibility for supply chain management. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, we evaluate our training and awareness program each year in order to assess needs and to address changes in applicable laws and circumstances.