California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Dyson is about efficient engineering – creating new technologies and machines which perform better and are efficient in the use of energy and materials. Dyson has a responsibility – shared with its suppliers – to ensure Dyson machines are manufactured in good working conditions.
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 became effective on January 1, 2012. This law requires large retailers and manufacturers who do business in the state of California and have annual gross worldwide sales of over $100 million US dollars to provide information on the measures they take to ensure that their supply chains are free of slavery and human trafficking.
Dyson, through its Corporate Social Responsibility team, evaluates risks of human trafficking and slavery in its supply chain. Dyson suppliers must adopt its supplier code of conduct which forbids the use of forced, indentured, bonded, child or forced or unpaid prison labor. Working alongside an independent social audit partner, Dyson monitors compliance with the supplier code of conduct through regular announced audits.
Dyson employees directly responsible for supply chain management undertake training on the supplier code of conduct. Dyson maintains accountability standards and procedures for employees, contractors and suppliers who fail to meet these requirements.
Conflict Minerals Policy
Dyson is aware of growing concern around the extraction of minerals and rare earth metals. Dyson suppliers work to our code of conduct which sets out the standards we expect in our supply chain. Under the code of conduct, suppliers are aware of their obligation to ensure that the components and materials they supply to Dyson are sourced legitimately – in an environmentally responsible manner, in safe working conditions and in accordance with national and international laws.
The legitimate sourcing principle extends to metals known as conflict minerals - columbite-tantalite (tantalum), cassiterite (tin), gold, and wolframite (tungsten). These four metals have been associated with financing armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and nearby countries. Dyson will be working with its suppliers to map whether the metals in our supply chain are sourced in this region.