The California Transparency in Supply Chain Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires large retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains for tangible goods offered for sale. To this end, the law directs Merisant to inform the public as to how it has addressed the following issues:
- Verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. The disclosure shall specify if the verification was not conducted by a third party.
- Audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The disclosure shall specify if the verification was not an independent, unannounced audit.
- Certification by direct suppliers that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
- Internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking.
- Training of company employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management on issues of human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products.
This webpage is intended to fulfill these requirements.
Merisant US, Inc. manufactures its products in Illinois using ingredients sourced from a limited number of qualified suppliers that must meet Merisant's strict quality standards. All of the ingredients used to manufacture Merisant's products have been processed using skilled and semi-skilled labor in sophisticated production facilities that are often located in countries where substantive labor and health and safety laws exist and are enforced. Merisant's suppliers are by contract required to comply with all applicable laws. Merisant employees periodically conduct quality control audits, and use other tools, to assess suppliers' production facilities.
Merisant's management has assessed the risk that its direct suppliers might violate applicable laws against slavery and human trafficking. Management has determined that this risk is negligible. Based on this risk assessment, Merisant has not implemented internal accountability standards and procedures or training programs specifically targeted at this issue and has not engaged third-party auditors to verify that its suppliers comply with applicable laws against slavery and human trafficking. However, if management believes that such a risk is possible due to an ingredient's country of origin or other factors, Merisant may request and receive written certifications from suppliers that the suppliers do not violate applicable laws against slavery and human trafficking.