Since its founding by Dr. Homer H. Stryker in 1941, Stryker Corporation has been committed to conducting our affairs in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and the highest ethical standards. Stryker also expects our business partners and suppliers to help ensure that we continue to meet our commitment to responsible supply chain management. Efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain are part of our comprehensive commitment to ethics, compliance with laws and social responsibility.
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 became effective on January 1, 2012. The act declares that slavery and human trafficking are crimes under state, federal, and international law and requires that retailers and manufacturers doing business in the state of California disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chain. The statements below are Stryker’s response to this requirement.
- Stryker will conduct a risk assessment in order to evaluate and address the risks of human trafficking and slavery when we conduct our annual comprehensive assessment of our product supply chain. We do not use a third party for verification.
- Stryker conducts audits of our suppliers to assess their compliance with our standards for suppliers, including those meant to eliminate trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The verification is not achieved via independent unannounced audits.
- We require that our direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
- We maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or suppliers failing to meet our company standards regarding slavery and trafficking.
- We plan to provide company employees and management, who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, training on human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products.