Supplier Code of Conduct
At Plenty Unlimited Inc. (“Plenty”), our vision is to provide food that is delicious, nutritious and accessible in a way that is transparent and sustainable. We are committed to ensuring our supply chain and vendors align with our mission to improve the lives of plants, people and planet. The sources extracted or exchanged in order to develop our operations are an integral part of upholding our mission. This Supplier Code of Conduct (this “Code”) ensures our labor practices and human rights, environmental management, health and safety, and business practices are cohesively incorporated. This Code supplements, and does not replace or supersede, all other agreements, terms and conditions agreed to between individual suppliers and Plenty.
The standards of this Code convey Plenty’s ethical sourcing commitment for the evaluation of all suppliers, their suppliers and affiliates. The provisions conveyed in this Code provide Plenty’s minimum expectations of our supplier partners. Suppliers will be held accountable for transparency in evaluation of their compliance as a condition of doing business with Plenty.
1. Labor Practices
- Fair Labor
Suppliers are expected to commit to fair and equitable labor practices as outlined by the Fair Labor Association (https://www.fairlabor.org/). Workers’ health and safety shall be protected by compliance with supplier assessment, external audits of manufacturing practices, UN anti-child labor laws, minimum wage laws, and other basic wage standards.
Plenty is committed to protecting the rights of marginalized groups, including but not limited to: children, migrant workers, seasonal workers (ag specifically), women, contract and agency workers, and domestic workers. Suppliers’ policies must protect the rights of these groups. Hiring practices, pay, and access to safe working conditions at suppliers must not vary based on belonging to a marginalized group, age, gender, or ethnicity.
- Human Trafficking and Forced Labor
Plenty prohibits any form of forced labor human trafficking or forced labor in the suppy chain. Plenty expects suppliers to be aware of and to prohibit the usage of labor brokers at any point in their supply chain. Suppliers must perform internal and/or external audits to ensure compliance with these requirements. Suppliers must disclose to Plenty if audits for human trafficking and forced labor violations are not completed by a third party.
- Time Off
Suppliers shall allow adequate time off in compliance with the Fair Labor Association, local, and state regulations with no exception.
2. Environmental Practices
- Environmental Laws and Regulations
At minimum, suppliers shall comply with all national and local environmental laws, treaties and regulations. These include air emissions, water discharges, toxic substances and hazardous waste disposal. All required environmental permits, licenses, information registrations and restrictions must be obtained and any reporting requirements must be followed.
- Waste and Disposal
Suppliers shall have systems in place to ensure the safe handling, movement, storage, recycling, reuse, or management of waste, air emissions and wastewater discharges. Any waste, wastewater, or emissions with the potential to adversely impact human or environmental health must be appropriately managed, controlled, and treated prior to release into the environment.
- Conflict Materials
Suppliers are encouraged to adopt policies and systems to ensure conflict-free supply chains. “Conflict Minerals” are defined as those that contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold that have been obtained from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Zambia, Angola, Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda or Uganda.
- Restricted Substances
Suppliers shall adhere to all applicable restricted substance laws, regulations and customer requirements, including: responding to requests for substance composition in materials, prohibition or restriction of specific substances, labeling for recycling and disposal.
Suppliers are encouraged to adopt programs to reduce their environmental footprint through conservation of natural resources, engagement in recycling programs and minimization of greenhouse gas emissions. Suppliers are encouraged to find opportunities to contribute to or support their activities on their social or environmental sustainability journey.
3. Health and Safety
Suppliers shall ensure that all working environments for all workers are maintained at the highest level of best safety practices. This includes: performance of safety audits and risk assessments, supply of all necessary Personal Protective Equipment, readily available information on all hazardous material associated with any manufacturing process (Safety Data Sheets), periodically reviewed emergency procedures, frequent worker safety trainings, and guaranteed medical evaluation in response to any incident.
4. Business Practices
- Disadvantaged Businesses
Plenty shall prioritize, where feasible, working with disadvantaged businesses where possible and when it doesn’t risk the health of the organization.
- Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption
Plenty requires suppliers to adhere to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and any other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws applicable to them.
- Conflicts of Interest
Suppliers must disclose to Plenty any real or perceived conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest is a situation in which a company representative exploits the relationship for personal benefit.
Suppliers shall maintain documentation necessary to demonstrate conformance with these expectations and compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
- Audits and Assessments
Suppliers shall perform periodic evaluations of facilities and operations to ensure compliance with this Code and the law. Suppliers will permit Plenty and/or third parties designated by Plenty to periodically evaluate Suppliers’ facilities and operations. Suppliers shall have a process for timely correction of any deficiencies or violations identified by an internal or external audit, assessment, inspection, investigation, or review.
- Approved certificates
Suppliers that meet the requirements of the following certificate programs and have an up to date program (with audit and certificate for proof) will automatically be placed in Plenty’s preferred supplier list.
- SQFI Ethical Sourcing
- Sustainable Supply Chain
- Zero Waste Certification
- Environmental Product Declaration
- Responsible Sourcing
By manufacturing for or selling, distributing, or providing any product or service to Plenty, suppliers agree, warrant, represent, and certify that all such products and services were, are and will be in the future in compliance with this Code. Suppliers must also ensure their suppliers and subcontractors involved in the provision of goods or services for Plenty, including contract and seasonal workers, and temporary agencies, are also in compliance. Suppliers shall appoint personnel responsible for communicating and implementing the standards set forth in this Code. Plenty may employ various mechanisms to assess compliance, such as certifications, review of records, and onsite audits. Suppliers must allow Plenty and/or any of its representatives or agents reasonable access to suppliers’ facilities and relevant records for the purpose of ensuring compliance with this Code. Suppliers must be able to demonstrate compliance with this Code upon Plenty’s request, and shall take action to correct any non-compliance. If Plenty determines that any supplier has violated this Code, Plenty may, at its discretion, either terminate its business relationship or require the supplier to implement a corrective action plan within a time frame agreed upon between the supplier and Plenty. Suppliers will agree to cooperate with Plenty in the pursuit of accountability, and shall strive to continuously improve practices that protect our global communities from harmful outcomes as a result of our everyday business activities.