California Supply Chains Act Disclosure

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires certain manufacturers to provide public disclosures regarding their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains.


Coloplast (“Company”) strives to conduct its activities in a manner that reflects our mission, vision and values and the Coloplast BEST Code of Conduct.  Coloplast is determined to conduct business with organizations who share its commitment to ethical standards and international frameworks, initiatives, standards and conventions that set the best practice within responsible business conduct. Coloplast is committed to ensuring that our suppliers reflect our values and beliefs by conducting business in ways that are consistent with Coloplast’s applicable policies and practices.   


As stated in our Coloplast BEST, Coloplast respects internationally recognized human rights, including labor rights, as made operational with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (“UNGPs”) and as framed in the United Nations Global Compact. It is essential to Coloplast not only to implement the management system outlined in the UNGPs internally, but also to extend the internationally expected minimum standard of the UNGPs to our business partners by expecting them to follow the principles.


Consistent with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, Coloplast’s efforts are disclosed below.

  • Verification: Verifying certain product suppliers by evaluating and addressing risks of human trafficking and slavery through the following mechanisms:

–Publishing the Supplier Code of Conduct that sets expectations for Coloplast’s suppliers’ social, including human rights,

environmental and business conduct.

-Adopting the Human Rights policy that prohibits the use of slavery and human trafficking in Coloplast and supplier facilities

and reinforcing the Company’s commitment to prohibit the use of human trafficking, slavery, and forced labor

in Coloplast and supplier facilities.

-Establishing Coloplast’s Supplier Sustainability Program to monitor and verify suppliers who need special attention with regards to

sustainability risks (focusing on high-priority category suppliers).

-Ensure compliance with Coloplast’s Supplier Code of Conduct through desk-top and on-site audits.

  • Certification: Coloplast requires high-priority category suppliers to document that they comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business through, for example:

–Incorporating social responsibility and environmental criteria in its selection of direct suppliers and management processes.

–The reference to the Supplier Code of Conduct have been included in supplier agreements.

–Requiring high-priority suppliers to adhere to all applicable laws relating to labor, environmental, health/safety and ethics.

  • Internal Accountability: Maintaining internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet Company standards regarding slavery and human trafficking through, for example:

–Implementing a formalized supplier control procedure for direct suppliers to monitor supplier’s compliance with Coloplast’s Supplier

Code of Conduct including the option of escalating critical findings to the Decision Board,with the possibility of implementing

corrective actions or discontinuing the relationship.

–Ensuring that our externally operated Ethics Hotline is available to people inside and outside Coloplast to raise a concern as well as ensuring follow up

and remediation if needed.

–Requiring all employees to adhere to all applicable laws as mentioned in the Coloplast BEST.

  • Training: Conducting Responsible Supply Management awareness training for employees with direct responsibilities for supplier selection and management. This includes, for example:

–An introduction to materiality and risk in different procurement categories (Human rights, labor rights, environment and ethics).

–The details of the Supplier Code of Conduct, the governance and process of escalating to the decision board.


Please see our sustainability website or the sustainability report for an annual progress update. 


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