Axalta respects and protects human rights in the work place. Our principles are included in the Axalta Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and the Axalta Supplier Code of Conduct. We will not engage in, or do business with, any third party that engages in, the use of forced or involuntary labor, human trafficking, or child labor. Accordingly, we expect that our suppliers also certify that the products and materials they sell to Axalta are developed through practices that respect human rights. In addition to adherence to the Axalta Supplier Code of Conduct, our principles are also included in our standard contract terms and conditions.
Our principles are aligned with several international protocols including, but not limited to:
- The UN Global Compact
- The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The Global Sullivan Principles
- The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
We extend these principles to our supply chain and expect our suppliers to adopt and adhere to them.
Axalta is committed to the responsible sourcing of minerals and requires suppliers to purchase conflict free minerals. Our views and requirements of suppliers are set forth in the Axalta Conflict Minerals Policy. We strive to adhere to the Conflict Minerals Rule, which is part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and work diligently with our suppliers for compliance. Axalta does not purchase directly from smelters. Therefore, we rely on our suppliers to identify the sources of conflict minerals and declare the conflict minerals status of the products they sell to Axalta. Axalta is a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative).
Axalta’s commitment to responsible sourcing includes adherence to the goal of the eradication of human trafficking and slavery in our supply chain. We expect direct suppliers of Axalta’s tangible goods for sale to adopt sound human rights practices, to treat workers fairly and with dignity and respect, and in all cases to eliminate human trafficking and slavery in the workplace.
In addition to requiring that our suppliers meet the obligations of the Axalta Supplier Code of Conduct and contractual terms and conditions, we also expect our suppliers to comply with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and the U.K. Modern Slavery Act.
View our full statement regarding the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
View our full statement regarding the U.K Modern Slavery Act of 2015
An example of our commitment to sustainable sourcing is our response to allegations of child labor used the mining of mica. Axalta and other coatings companies use pearlescent pigments to provide special effects in selected vehicle coatings. These effects can rely on the use of natural mica, which has been associated with the use of child labor in selected jurisdictions in India. As reflected in the Axalta Supplier Code of Conduct, Axalta requires suppliers to purchase mica and other minerals that have not been mined in an environment that permits child labor or any other labor practices that infringe on human rights such as the use of slave, prison or forced labor. Additionally, we work closely with our pigment suppliers to understand the systems they have in place to ensure that their supply chains are free of child labor and other human rights abuses. We also have engaged with, and provided additional guidance and support to, suppliers to enable them to meet our requirements.