California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Statement

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

Medtronic strives to conduct its activities in a manner that reflects its Mission and Code of Conduct – which includes being a good corporate citizen, dealing fairly in business, behaving ethically, upholding human rights, supporting a safe and healthy workplace, doing business in an environmentally responsible manner, and complying with applicable law. We're committed to ensuring that our suppliers reflect our values and beliefs by conducting business in ways that are consistent with Medtronic’s applicable policies and practices.

Consistent with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, Medtronic shares the following illustrative efforts.

  • Verifying certain product suppliers by evaluating and addressing risks of human trafficking and slavery through the following mechanisms:
    • Publishing the Global Supplier Standards that set expectations for Medtronic suppliers’ social, environmental and business conduct.
    • Adopting the Global Human Rights and Labor Standards Policy that prohibits the use of slavery and human trafficking in Medtronic and supplier facilities.
    • Adopting the Global Anti-Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Policy that reinforces the company’s commitment to prohibit the use of human trafficking, slavery, and forced labour in Medtronic and supplier facilities.
    • Building a supplier risk assessment program that will utilize audits to evaluate if certain suppliers comply with company standards for trafficking and slavery.
  • Requiring certain suppliers to certify 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 supplier selection and management processes. The Global Supplier Standards, for instance, have been included in purchase order terms and conditions as well as certain supplier agreements.
    • Requiring certain suppliers to adhere to all applicable laws relating to labor, environmental, health/safety and ethics, and by way of example and without limitation, Medtronic’s Code of Conduct, Global Human Rights and Labor Standards Policy.
  • Maintaining internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking through, for example:
    • Establishing the Global Human Rights Program that is aligned with Medtronic’s Mission and in response to issues that are material to the company and its key stakeholders. The program addresses human rights and labour standards issues, risks, and performance in Medtronic’s operations.
    • Establishing the cross-functional Human Rights and Labor Standards Council, which serves as a forum for addressing human rights and labor standards issues, risks and performance in company operations and through certain suppliers.
    • Requiring all employees to adhere to all applicable laws relating to labor, environmental, health/safety and ethics, and by way of example and without limitation, Medtronic’s Code of Conduct, Global Human Rights and Labor Standards Policy.
  • Requiring comprehensive Responsible Supply Management awareness training for employees with direct responsibilities for supplier selection and management. This training includes, for example:
    • An overview of potential human rights and labor standards issues;
    • The details of the Global Supplier Standards and supplier compliance requirements; and
    • Supplier selection and management best practices.

September 2018