Applied Medical has been committed to doing business in a lawful and ethical way for over 20 years and applauds the global efforts to tackle the problem of human trafficking and slavery. This notice fulfills the disclosure requirements of the California Transparency and Supply Chains Act of 2010 and the U.K. Modern Slavery Act of 2015, which aims to provide transparency into the efforts that companies are making to prevent modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. As a vertically integrated company, Applied Medical’s own team members handle all our production design, development and manufacturing processes in-house at our corporate headquarters in California and our European headquarters in the Netherlands. By striving to minimize outsourcing, we are able to ensure that the highest standards of employment practices are maintained, which benefits our team members worldwide.
Applied Medical’s standards require compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and, when we do use outside suppliers, we require our suppliers to comply with these same company standards. Applied Medical depends on our suppliers to audit their operations for compliance with our company standards and, as required, verify that their supply chain is free of objectionable conduct. Currently, Applied Medical does not require our direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with slavery and human trafficking laws of the countries in which they are doing business.
Applied Medical does not presently audit suppliers or use third-party auditing agencies to perform independent, unannounced audits. However, Applied Medical does reserve the right to terminate any agreement with a supplier who fails to comply with local, state, or U.S. laws. We also have zero tolerance for any action within our operations and from our raw materials suppliers that goes against the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, the U.N. Convention against Corruption, and the International Labor Organization conventions on forced labor, child labor, discrimination, and freedom of association.
Applied Medical promotes a workplace that respects human rights. Applied Medical holds all its team members to the highest ethical standards, and has internal standards and procedures for training and disciplining team members that fail to uphold our standards. Applied Medical requires all its team members to comply with its Corporate Social Responsibility programs as part of its corporate mission to make a meaningful, positive difference in everything we do. Applied Medical aims to actively pursue strategies that consistently meet or exceed regulatory standards, as well as develop sustainable practices to balance its economic, environmental, and social impacts in the communities where we work.