California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
The following describes how Hunter evaluates and manages risks of slavery and human trafficking, as required by the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (US Senate Bill 657).
Hunter Boot Ltd. is committed to conducting business in a lawful and ethical manner – this includes respecting and promoting human rights in our supply chains.
We have a Supplier Code of Conduct which establishes the basic principles that all factories must follow, to ensure that workers in our supply chains are treated fairly and are working under safe conditions. The Code is founded on the relevant conventions of the International Labour Organisation. Among other important issues, the Code clearly states that no forced, bonded or involuntary labour can be used. Our policy is to only do business with partners that adopt and implement our standards; our supplier contracts require full compliance with our ethical trading standards.
Hunter has an ethical trading programme in place which allows us to evaluate and address the risks in our supply chains. The programme is managed in-house and we work in partnership with independent organisations in the countries where we manufacture. Our ethical trading programme involves communicating our standards directly to suppliers, auditing factories to monitor compliance with both our Code and domestic labour laws, providing support to suppliers during any necessary remediation processes, and training our own staff on supply chain risks.
All of Hunter’s manufacturing facilities have been audited and all new factories must be approved on ethical grounds before we place orders. These audits are conducted by both internal and independent third-party auditors with expertise in local labour issues.. Because we work to maintain trust in our supplier relationships, all visits are announced. All audits start with an opening meeting with factory managers, followed by a full factory walk-through, a review of documentation, confidential interviews with workers and management, and a closing meeting.
Where compliance may be lacking, we would work closely with factories on a progressive programme of improvement. We would organise targeted ethical trade trainings for factory managers and workers, and offer other forms of support throughout the remediation process to ensure that the necessary improvements are made. We visit and re-audit factories regularly to support lasting changes and continuous improvement.
In addition to the factories that manufacture our final goods, Hunter is working to gain greater visibility of those facilities that supply our key components for our products and we will hold these suppliers to the same high standards.
Our ethical trading, sourcing and development, and quality assurance teams visit factories regularly and all our rubber footwear factories have a small dedicated Hunter team working in those factories every day. When our staff members visit factories, they are briefed on any relevant ethical trading challenges and improvement actions, and ethical trading is firmly on their agendas for discussion with factory representatives. Hunter also provides staff and distributors with regular ethical trade training and updates.