One Workplace is primarily a contract office furniture distributor and installer of its suppliers’ furnishings products and as such is not involved in manufacturing. That said, in good faith as to what we interpret as the essence of this law, and to help support the global effort to eradicate slave labor and trafficking, we are in the process of asking our major suppliers (defined as 120 vendors with whom we have done in excess of $100 thousand dollars per year in volume) to certify that they are not directly or indirectly supporting slave labor or human trafficking.
Specifically, we created a form for major vendor response to be filled out by its principals that includes the information we learned from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs , List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor (http://www.dol.gov./ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods/). This listing indicates the countries and the specific goods produced by those countries that use such labor. We analyzed the list for the specific commodities that would potentially involve the types of furnishings we provide from our manufacturers. These products include furniture from Bangladesh and Turkey, textiles from China, Bangladesh and North Korea, and carpets from Nepal and Pakistan. Among other questions asked, our major suppliers must indicate whether or not they are receiving such items from any of these countries.
We will be requesting that the survey form be filled out again on a periodic fixed basis, once we see have a chance to see the results and based on the feedback that we obtain from our vendors.
- Verification: We do not verify the responses from our major vendors, but their principals are being required to certify that they are not obtaining specific commodities that pertain to the nature of our business from those countries on the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor.
- Audits: We do not audit our major vendors.
- Certifications: We are in the process of having the principals of our 120 major vendors certify that their companies are not involved in slave labor and human trafficking.
- Accountability: We do not have internal accountability standards and procedures for our employees as we have no direct exposure to slave labor or human trafficking. We have no knowledge or involvement in the accountability of our major suppliers.
- Training: We do not provide training to our employees or management for human trafficking and slavery in the supply chain.
For any questions concerning our Disclosure Statement, please direct them to Ronald Shore, Executive Director, Business Administration, One Workplace, 2500 De La Cruz Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050.