California Supply Chain Transparency

(Cal. Civ. Code § 1714.43)

Knight Material Technologies is committed to conducting all business lawfully and with integrity. Knight’s commitment to and expectations for ensuring that our supply chain is maintained in a lawful and socially responsible way includes, among other things, that our suppliers not use forced labor in any of its forms, including human trafficking and slavery, to produce the products they provide to Knight.

An example of such expectations, as found in one of our affiliate’s Code of Conduct for Suppliers, states:

Freely Chosen Employment: Suppliers shall not use forced, bonded, indentured labor or involuntary prison labor. Slavery or trafficking shall not be used. This includes transporting, harboring, recruiting or transferring or receiving vulnerable persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction or fraud for the purpose of exploitation. All work will be voluntary and all workers will be free to leave upon reasonable notice.

That same Code of Conduct for Suppliers also addresses risks associated with the use of labor brokers in certain parts of our supply chain:

Suppliers shall ensure that third party agencies providing workers to the Supplier are compliant with the provisions of the Code and the laws of the sending and receiving countries, whichever is more stringent in protecting workers.

§5.1.1. of Molex Code of Conduct for Suppliers


Knight Material Technologies does not have a Knight-wide supplier audit program; however, certain of our affiliates, including the Molex and Georgia-Pacific groups of companies, do conduct supplier audits. Supplier audit practices vary within our companies – for example, those companies that conduct audits may do so either internally or via independent, external auditors. The scope of the supplier audits cover the company’s standards and guidelines (including those regarding forced labor), as well as broader social responsibility and sustainability policies. In the event an audit reveals supplier non-conformance with our standards and guidelines, depending on the circumstances, we would either require that suppliers establish corrective action plans and report on the implementation of such plans or we would terminate the relationship with that supplier.


While many of our commercial agreements require supplier compliance with applicable laws and regulations, Knight Material Technologies does not have a direct supplier certification process specifically focused on human trafficking and slavery.


Non-compliance with our standards regarding human trafficking and slavery – whether by a supplier or an employee – will result in corrective action, up to and including termination of the relationship, depending on the circumstances. Internal auditors and business representatives would work with suppliers, employees and possibly third-party resources to resolve any instances of non-compliance.


A number of affiliates provide training to those employees who are directly responsible for human resources, procurement and supply chain management on the subjects of human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chain. Employees receive training on company policies and procedures designed to support a supply chain free of any type of coerced labor and on the methods available for reporting concerns.


Other than the steps and practices described above, Knight Material Technologies does not have a separate, comprehensive verification process for evaluating and addressing the risks of human trafficking and slavery.

This disclosure applies to the practices of Knight Material Technologies and its affiliates, except those affiliates that have posted their own disclosure statement. This disclosure does not apply to the practices of companies for which Knight Material Technologies may hold a minority stakeholder interest.

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