The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires certain companies manufacturing or selling products in the State of California to disclose their efforts, if any, to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. The law was designed to increase consumers’ knowledge about products they buy and the companies they choose to support.
Enterprise Products' Commitments
Enterprise Products strives to conduct its business activities ethically, honestly, and in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. This applies to every business decision in every area. The fundamental values of integrity, honesty, dedication, accountability and respect for others form the foundation of our Code of Conduct. Our Code of Conduct provides information about how we conduct, and how we expect our employees to conduct, our day-to-day operations.
At Enterprise Products, we understand that the consequences of unethical or illegal activities can be severe, not just from a financial, commercial or operational standpoint, but to the safety and well-being of our workforce and others. Employees or others with whom we do business proven to be engaged in such behavior are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or working relationship, as the case may be. Employees may also be subject to disciplinary action if they fail to report potential violations by others. Employees are required to periodically certify their understanding and compliance with our Code of Conduct.
Verification of Supplier Conduct
Enterprise Products expects its employees and contractors to comply with our Code of Conduct when dealing with suppliers. Enterprise Products also considers compliance with our Code of Conduct by suppliers and service providers as a factor when approving purchases and when designating strategic suppliers. These expectations are communicated through a variety of channels, including our contracts, direct communication, supplier forums and other efforts.
We have specific language in our policies related to engagement with suppliers on labor issues. Although we require that our suppliers comply with all applicable laws, we do not currently require suppliers to certify to us matters regarding any specific laws, including slavery and human trafficking.
Enterprise Products reserves the right to conduct periodic audits (including by third parties) to evaluate and address risks of non-compliance with applicable laws (including laws regarding slavery and human trafficking) and to determine supplier compliance with our Code of Conduct.
Our employees and management with direct responsibility for supply chain management are trained to recognize health and safety best practices, and are trained to promptly report and respond to all deviations from our standards of conduct.
While this disclosure outlines Enterprise Products standard supply chain procurement practices, exceptions may exist or occur.