Anti-Human Trafficking Policy
In accordance with Federal law Trafficking Victims Program (TVPA & TVPRA 2000/2005/2008/2013) and California State law California Transparency in Supply Chain Act of 2010:
BIC will not support trafficking in human beings or accept the use of forced compulsory, bonded, indentured or prison labor (collectively, “Forced Labor”) in its operations under any circumstances and will not purchase product(s) from any contract manufacturer or utilize any supply chain partner that supports trafficking in human beings or utilizes Forced Labor. Every employee must be a voluntary worker with the freedom to leave the workplace outside of work hours and terminate employment at any time without penalty after notice of reasonable length. Forced Labor or work or punishment for expression of political views is strictly forbidden. No employee shall be subject to any form of harsh or inhumane treatment, corporal punishment, threats of physical or sexual violence, or other forms of psychological or physical harassment, intimidation, abuse, coercion or sanctions that result in wage deductions, reductions in benefits or Forced Labor. No part of an employee’s salary, benefits, property, or documents shall be withheld in order to force an employee to continue working.
BIC Graphic pre-qualifies proposed new suppliers with in-person social compliance, supply chain security and manufacturing capacity audits. BIC Graphic’s affiliate, BIC Graphic Asia, maintains offices in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China and Shanghai, China. BIC Graphic Asia employs approximately 74 people who regularly conduct audits, quality inspections and on-site business meetings with suppliers. They are trained to look for evidence of human trafficking and slavery.
BIC Graphic suppliers are required to sign the BIC Graphic Code of Conduct and adhere to those standards. Integrity is a hallmark of BIC Graphic’s supplier partners who are all well informed of BIC Graphic’s zero tolerance policy with respect to Forced Labor, human trafficking and slavery.