Modern Slavery Statement
Clif Bar & Company
The following statement sets out the actions taken by Clif Bar & Company (along with its wholly owned subsidiaries, “Clif Bar”) to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking across our business and supply chains.
At Clif Bar, we aim to be a different kind of company, one that is guided not by a single bottom line, but by a commitment to our Five Aspirations: Sustaining our Business, Sustaining our Brands, Sustaining our People, Sustaining our Community, and Sustaining our Planet. These Aspirations represent our values and inform both our long-term objectives and day-to-day business activity. This includes being committed to upholding the rights of workers and farmers in our supply chains. Modern slavery and human trafficking are unacceptable practices that exploit some of the most vulnerable people, and Clif Bar supports all efforts to eradicate these and other human rights abuses from global supply chains.
Company & Supply Chain Information
Clif Bar has been selling energy bars and other food products since its founding in California 1992. We have approximately 1200 employees, at our corporate headquarters in California and bakeries in Indiana and Idaho. Although the bulk of our operations are in the United States, we also sell products internationally and have employees in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany.
Our supply chain consists of raw material producers, processors, traders, manufacturers, distribution centers, retailers and ultimately our customers. Our raw materials consist of agricultural, forestry and mining materials. We source materials both domestically and internationally.
Policies & Training
Clif Bar’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics prohibits the use of child labor or forced, bonded or involuntary labor in our operations, including any requirements to lodge deposits or identity papers with us as a condition of employment. Code of Conduct violations by one of our employees can result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment.
Our Vendor Code of Conduct, likewise, specifically prohibits forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking of any kind. Additionally, the Vendor Code of Conduct requires that our direct vendors hold their vendors to the same anti-slavery and human trafficking standards.
Employees at Clif Bar & Company who are involved with our supply chain receive training on our Vendor Code of Conduct requirements, including those concerning forced labor, child labor and human trafficking.
Supply Chain Due Diligence, Risk Assessment and Management
We work closely with our vendors to ensure that we know where our products come from, and when available, we source Organic, Rainforest Alliance, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, and Forest Stewardship Council certified materials.
Clif Bar & Company’s Master Purchase Agreement requires vendors to agree to the standards set forth in the Clif Bar & Company Vendor Code of Conduct. We then use internal resources and third-party compliance companies to assess and remediate supply chain human rights and environmental non-conformities, including through the use of third-party audits and incorporation of third-party risk data for select vendors based upon risk and relevancy. We use these results to inform how we source materials and how we grant business to new and existing vendors. We are a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) and we require strategic vendors to join Sedex and adhere to the self-assessment questionnaires and onsite audits as required by Sedex.
Our internal experts and external Subject Matter Experts are available to support our vendors with corrective action plans to resolve any instances of non-conformities with our Vendor Code of Conduct. We believe in sustainable remediation for certain non-conformities; however, child labor, slavery and trafficking are considered critical issues for Clif Bar & Company that need to be resolved urgently. Vendors who otherwise violate our Vendor Code of Conduct may be subject to contract termination, depending on the number and type of non-compliances found and their severity.
The Work Continues
We are committed to continuous improvement and will continue to review our programs and policies on an ongoing basis to ensure our actions are consistent with industry best practices and legal requirements. We are committed to ensuring that our supply chains are free of forced labor and human trafficking in 2022 and beyond.
Sally Grimes - Chief Executive Officer
Clif Bar & Company