Aaron’s Standard for Suppliers
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure
Aaron’s, Inc. (“Aaron’s”) is committed to ensuring that our supply chain reflects Aaron’s core values, including respect for human rights. To that end, Aaron’s has communicated to supply chain members:
Our expectation that our suppliers obey all applicable laws governing the fair and humane treatment of their workers (and the workers of their suppliers), including but not limited to those laws requiring a safe and healthy work environment.
In furtherance of this expectation, Aaron’s has requested that all its suppliers voluntarily sign our “Supplier Expectations,” including the expectation that suppliers “not utilize forced, prison, or indentured labor, or subject workers to any form of compulsion or coercion.” We further request our suppliers to expect that their suppliers implement the same commitment to obeying such laws.
At this time, Aaron’s does not have a formal on-site audit process of our overseas suppliers. Many of our key suppliers are U.S. companies also subject to The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 or otherwise with extensive business relations with the U.S. Instead of an on-site audit process, Aaron’s employees are asked to be cognizant of environmental, health, safety, and labor concerns when visiting our suppliers in developing countries. To the extent an Aaron’s employee has a concern related to a supplier’s labor activities outside the U.S., the employee is to report the concern to Aaron’s Senior Vice President, Merchandising & Logistics. From that point, Aaron’s senior management will make a determination of the necessary follow up to confirm compliance with our Supplier Expectations.
Aaron’s has reserved the right to cease doing business with any supplier who fails to meet the Aaron’s Supplier Expectations. Any Aaron’s employee, officer or director found to have violated company policy or applicable law may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Aaron’s, Inc. (“Aaron’s”) expects suppliers to obey all laws that require them to treat workers fairly, respect freedom of association, prohibit discrimination and harassment, provide a safe and healthy working environment, and protect environmental quality.
Specifically, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, Aaron’s suppliers are expected to:
- Comply with all labor laws and regulations regarding the fair and humane treatment of their workers, including but not limited to those laws requiring a safe and healthy work environment.
- Provide workers with a safe and healthy workplace.
- Employ workers above the applicable minimum age requirement.
- Comply with laws and regulations governing wages, hours, days of service and overtime payment for workers.
- Not utilize force, prison or indentured labor, or subject workers to any form of compulsion or coercion.
- Allow their workers to freely choose whether or not to organize or join associations for the purpose of collective bargaining as provided by local law.
- Prohibit physical, sexual or psychological harassment or coercion.
- Assure that workers are hired, paid and otherwise subject to terms and conditions of employment based on their ability to do the job, not on the basis of their personal characteristics such as race, national origin, sex, religion, ethnicity, disability, age and other characteristics protected by local law (excepting compliance with affirmative preferences that may be required by applicable law).
Expect their suppliers to conform to similar standards.