STIHL Statement on Slavery and Human Trafficking


As a manufacturer doing business in California and pursuant to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, STIHL Incorporated (“STIHL Inc.”) offers the following statement regarding its efforts to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its supply chain.

Corporate Responsibility: STIHL recognizes its social responsibility as part of the community in all regions in which it operates. STIHL respects the cultural, social, political, and legal diversity of societies and nations.  Within the framework of the laws and regulations of individual countries and its scope of influence, STIHL strives to harmonize commercial goals with the social and ecological requirements in our business world, human rights, and the environment. These principles are part of our corporate culture and apply throughout our company. All our employees are asked to ensure they are observed and we expect our business partners to adhere to similar principles.  A statement on the corporate principles observed by STIHL can be found here.  This long-standing statement of the Principles of Social Responsibility of STIHL specifically mandates compliance with internationally proclaimed human rights and rejects any form of forced labor and child labor.

Human Trafficking:  STIHL Inc. strongly opposes slavery and human trafficking, and would never knowingly conduct business with contractors or employees engaged in such practices.

STIHL Inc. reviews its product supply chain to evaluate human trafficking and slavery risks. At present this is done internally.

STIHL Inc. conducts supplier audits to evaluate whether suppliers comply with applicable corporate standards and principles, including those related to human trafficking and slavery. These audits are scheduled and review all aspects of the supply chain including environment, safety, human trafficking, child labor and other legal requirements.

STIHL Inc. purchasing policies require that our direct suppliers certify that materials incorporated into STIHL Inc. products comply with the laws of the country or countries where such suppliers do business, which would include those addressing human trafficking and slavery.  New supplier profiles will encompass questions specifically addressing human trafficking.

STIHL Inc. has incorporated the e-learning tool located on the End Human Trafficking website into our regular training curriculum for employees and management with direct responsibility for supply chain management and has plans in 2012 to expand this training to include mitigating related risks in supply chains.

The 2012 version of the STIHL Inc. Supplier Manual, published and distributed annually, will encompass the specific requirement of STIHL Inc. with reference to human trafficking.

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