Supplier Code of Conduct
Johnsonville, LLC (“Johnsonville”) is committed to conducting business in accordance with ethical standards and in compliance with the laws of the countries in which we produce, buy and sell our products. We are committed to legal compliance and ethical business practices in all operations and will only conduct business with suppliers who share that commitment.
This Supplier Code of Conduct sets forth the principles and high ethical standards that we strive to achieve and expect our suppliers to work toward, throughout the course of our business relationship.
We strive to comply with the law wherever we conduct business. We expect our suppliers to work diligently to conduct its business in full compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Johnsonville reserves the right to terminate business relationships with suppliers who do not comply with the law.
We are committed to observing fair labor practices and treating our Team Members (employees) with dignity and respect. We expect our supply partners to make the same commitments in their business practices by having controls in place that;
- Verify the employment eligibility of their employees.
- Respect the right of employees to freely associate.
- Ensure compliance with applicable wage and hour laws.
- Prohibit discrimination, harassment, forced labor, human trafficking and child labor.
We provide our customers with trusted food products. Therefore we expect our suppliers to consider the safety and quality of our products to be of utmost importance and to comply with government and company food safety requirements, specifications, and requested documentation at all times.
We are committed to conducting business in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. We expect our suppliers to operate in a manner that;
- Complies with all applicable laws, regulations and standards.
- Manages responsibly the impacts of their operations and products on the environment and the operations of Johnsonville.
- Makes continuous efforts to achieve a workplace that is free from work-related injuries and illnesses.
Johnsonville uses the principles of sustainable development to create the best products, produced by the best people, while eliminating or reducing waste in our business through the sustainable principles that impact People, Planet and Profit. We continue to enrich people’s lives by providing premium products and being a steward of the environment and the communities in which we operate.
We are committed to reducing our overall impact on the environment through the use of technology, learning and implementation of a comprehensive sustainability process and program, and we expect our suppliers to also share this commitment.
Suppliers with access to confidential information from Johnsonville should not disclose such information to any other person without our advance written consent. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to;
- Product formulas and pricing.
- Production technologies and processes.
- Engineering and technical designs.
- Production and supply costs.
- Operation policies, practices and systems.
- Customer identification and information.
The obligation to preserve Johnsonville’s confidential information is ongoing, even after the business relationship ends. Johnsonville will respect and safeguard the confidential information of our suppliers.
Gifts, favors and entertainment are not needed to conduct business with Johnsonville, and may lead or appear to lead to a conflict of interest. We discourage items that could appear to be excessive or could appear to influence a business decision. Gifts of a nominal value will be shared with the Johnsonville membership, not with individual members. Members and their immediate families may never accept gifts of money from a supplier, including checks, gift certificates, gift cards, bribes or kickbacks. We expect each supplier to conduct its business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and that all business dealings will be fair, legal and honest.
Johnsonville is a pro-competition company. We do not engage in unethical, predatory, or illegal practices in our pursuit of becoming the best company in the world, nor will we tolerate it from our suppliers. We believe in free and open competition, and strictly abide by all applicable fair competition and antitrust laws in the many countries that Johnsonville conducts business in.
We expect all business partners to live up to these standards and to do the right thing. Suppliers that fail to observe and abide by these standards may result in Johnsonville ceasing to do business with them.