Statement Pursuant to California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act will go into effect in the State of California. This law requires manufacturers and retailers to make certain disclosures regarding their efforts to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
Volkswagen Group of America’s (VWGoA) Human Rights, Employment and Procurement Practices
We respect internationally recognized human rights and support the observance of these rights.
We reject all deliberate use of forced or compulsory labor. Child labor is prohibited. We comply all applicable employment laws, including the minimum age requirements for employment.
VWGoA contracts for goods, services and other inputs in the US with reputable companies that have internal standards requiring all employment practices comport with US laws, including those that prohibit slavery and human trafficking.
VWGoA requires its suppliers to represent and warrant as follows: “Supplier and its employees and Subcontractors will abide by the highest ethical standards. Neither Supplier nor any of its Subcontractors will utilize slave, child prisoner or any other form of forced, involuntary or illegal labor, or engage in abusive worker treatment or corrupt business practices in the sale of Goods or provisions of Services…” Violation of the foregoing would be considered a breach of contract, and VWGoA would cease doing business with any such supplier.