Disclosure Under The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
Effective Date: October 12, 2012
The Fresh Market holds itself, its employees, and its suppliers to high standards of personal ethics and responsibility. We consider slavery and human trafficking abhorrent to the fundamental ethical principles which govern our business.
We do not currently conduct verifications, risk assessments or audits focused specifically on labor practices, nor do we require certification of compliance with laws regarding slavery and human trafficking, for the majority of our suppliers. We do require third-party audits of working conditions from certain non-U.S. suppliers, which may be announced. These audits cover areas such as child labor, prison or slave labor, working conditions, wages, hours and safety. We also work very closely with many of our vendors and frequently develop relationships that allow us to assess their business practices.
We are working to increase the awareness of issues within our supply chain. If we become aware of a vendor or supplier participating directly or indirectly in slavery or human trafficking, we will take reasonable measures to address the situation in an appropriate manner. We do not currently provide specific training on mitigating the risks of human trafficking and slavery to our employees who are responsible for supply chain management, but we expect them to remain informed on all issues of importance within their industry.
We stress to all our employees the importance of compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as the higher standard of conduct set forth in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. We make our Code available on our external and internal websites, and a summary available in our stores and in our Employee Handbook, which all employees are required to read and sign annually.
We also provide methods by which employees, suppliers, or customers may report concerns by secure web form, telephone, e-mail, or fax. Employees failing to comply with the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.