California Transparency in Supply Chains Act


Mizkan America, Inc. (“Mizkan”) is committed to the goal of operating its business in a legal and morally-sound manner.  Accordingly, Mizkan supports the fight against slavery and human trafficking, and supports The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (Cal. Civ. Code § 1714.43) (the “Act”).  Mizkan makes the following disclosures pursuant to the Act. 

Verification of Product Supply Chains

Mizkan is committed to fair labor practices within our supply chain. At this time, Mizkan does not have a formal on-site verification process for its overseas suppliers. However, should Mizkan become aware of a violation of our corporate social responsibility requirements, including the prohibition on human trafficking and slavery, we reserve the right to terminate a business relationship with a vendor if it is deemed necessary. Mizkan relies on documentation supplied by its domestic suppliers to evidence their compliance with applicable laws, which is further supplemented by independent, third party audits which verify compliance with domestic suppliers.    

Supplier Audits 

Currently, Mizkan uses a 3rd-party accredited auditor to complete randomized audits for domestic suppliers. At this time, Mizkan does not have a formal on-site audit process for its overseas suppliers. However, should Mizkan become aware of a violation of our corporate social responsibility requirements, including the prohibition on human trafficking and slavery, Mizkan reserves the right to terminate a business relationship with a vendor if it is deemed necessary.

Certifications 

As part of its supply terms, Mizkan is in the process of having all its suppliers agree to certain legal terms which require the supplier to certify compliance with all applicable laws, including those laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the country or countries in which supplier is doing business. 

Internal Accountability Standards 

Mizkan provides a safe and legal working environment for all its employees. All Mizkan employees must agree to a Code of Ethical Conduct regarding business ethics.  Mizkan’s maintains an anonymous hotline to allow employees to report, in confidence, any suspected wrongdoings. In the course of their work, any Mizkan employees (or contractor consultants) found in violation of Mizkan policy or applicable law/ regulation, including those regarding slavery and human trafficking, are subject to disciplinary action up to an including termination depending on the nature of the violation. 

Employee Training 

Mizkan is in the process of training its employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management on the prevention of human trafficking and slavery and how to mitigate risks within the supply chain of Mizkan’s products.