California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Antonio Stefano, Inc. and its affiliated companies (“Antonio Stefano” or the “Company”) are committed to conducting business in a lawful, ethical and responsible manner. Moreover, the Company expects its manufacturing and market vendors (“Suppliers”) to share this same commitment. Accordingly, the Company has implemented certain controls and programs to verify that its Suppliers are meeting the Company’s expectations.
The Company’s Statement of Corporate Policy and Code of Conduct (the “Code of Conduct”), as well as other corporate policies and procedures, set forth the Company’s guiding principles that Suppliers must conduct business in a lawful, ethical and responsible manner. As a condition of conductin business with Antonio Stefano, each Supplier must agree to conduct its business in conformance with the Code of Conduct.
Under the Code of Conduct, Antonio Stefano’s Suppliers certify that they will conduct business in compliance with the law, including, among other things, without child labor, without forced or compulsory labor, without corporal punishment, without discrimination and in compliance with wage and hour requirements, health and safety and environmental laws. All staff should receive proper break times and their health and safety should be a top priority.
Any creation of masks shall be conducted in an environment that is safe from COVID-19 and its permutations. All precautions should be taken, including the daily testing of temperature of employees. If any employee exhibits any symptoms, no risks shall be taken and the person will not be anywhere near our products, whether they are working with them or not, they shall not be in the same room as our masks. All masks shall be created in as clean and sanitized environment as possible, given all of the circumstances.
The Company maintains long-standing business relationships with a limited number of Suppliers which have been vetted through an internal screening process. One element of the screening process includes an internal assessment of the risk that the Supplier will not comply with the Code of Conduct, including the prohibition against human trafficking and slavery. The Company’s production, sourcing and compliance personnel visit manufacturing facilities to evaluate and address the risks of a Supplier’s noncompliance with the Code of Conduct.
The Company uses a qualified, accredited, third-party, social compliance auditing team where possible to conduct risk assessments and to audit manufacturing vendors which meet certain risk-related criteria. Audits and inspections of these vendors may be announced or unannounced and these vendors are required to cooperate in any remedial efforts to ensure future conformance.
Internal Accountability Standards
When non-conformance with the Code of Conduct is identified, Antonio Stefano works with the Supplier to identify the cause of the non-compliance and to develop an action plan to assure future compliance. The Company believes that this strategy is in the best interest of the Supplier, its employees and the Company’s customers. Remedial efforts may also include additional audits or inspections. In the event of continued non-conformance or serious violations of the Code of Conduct, the Company reserves the right to terminate the business relationship with the Supplier immediately and without further notice.