Human Rights Position Statement

In today’s world, we often hear of people who live at the poverty level, people who do not have any food or water. People get exploited on a daily basis due to their poverty or vulnerabilities. Petssified.com, Inc. believes that the global economy — and our global businesses need do something about this! We feel that we need to be able to empower people who do not have anything! It is important for them to succeed but they do not have the means or the ability. Petssified.com, Inc. believes in the global possibilities of helping those in need in our domestic and our international communities.

Why do we feel this way? We feel that when people have the ability to do well, they are able to achieve their daily needs for survival and ensuring they are able to thrive, and they are able to meet their own needs and perhaps the needs of their families and communities.

We are determined to do good for ourselves and for others and do good by others.

If we all play the role and keeping our checks and balances on our human rights, then we have achieved what we need to do and our duties as humans to help those deprived or being deprived of their basic human right. We need to play a role collectively.

We need to make sure our workplaces, our communities are committed to be humanistic, clean, without child labor, without child trafficking, without basic requirements in our world.

Petssified.com, Inc. is committed to respecting human rights. Human rights are one of the main areas along with supplier code conduct, anti racism, animal rights that we focus on at Petssified.com.

We can not solve the world’s problems, but we can highlight where we see it is an issue. We can listen to our partners, our manufacturers, our distributors and our customers.

We can find out from the geographic areas impact analysis of highest human rights issues and violations. We can refer to humanrights activists and understand where we can improve.

Human rights issues persist in the global economy and affect people in a number of extended supply chains that we ultimately rely on as a business. They are often based on very low income or poverty levels where they are vulnerable human beings and fall into the traps of the mighty who will take advantage of them. For example, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that more than 85 million children are working under hazardous conditions, most in the agriculture sector, and that more than 21 million people are victims of forced labor around the world.2Petssified.com, Inc. does not control and has very limited influence over operations in our extended supply chains. Nevertheless, we believe these practices are unacceptable and that we must renew our individual and collective efforts to take action, boldly test new approaches and form new collaborations to drive sustained progress.

Approach Our global Human Rights Policy describes our commitment to respecting rights across our valued supply chain line.

We use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) at Petssified.com, Inc. for ourselves and for our search in supplies, manufacturers, third party vendors, and distributors.

The Policy is also informed by the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct is grounded in international human rights guidance and best practice and identifies the human rights standards we expect our first-tier suppliers to uphold.

Our approach to human rights reaches our workplaces, suppliers, manufacturers and their workplaces and their extended supply chain.

Our Approach in Action

Our global human rights strategy includes action in our own workplaces, first-tier supplier workplaces and the extended supply chain.

  • Responsible Workplace focuses on ensuring respect for rights in our own workplaces. Through our Responsible Workplace program, independent auditors assess our human rights performance – if issues are identified, we work to address them.
  • Our Supplier Program ensures that we utilize suppliers, distributors, manufacturers that are able to address the human rights act domestically and internationally. We expect all of our suppliers, distributors, manufacturers and 3rd part software creators to join us in our efforts to stop the labor issues, human trafficking issues – make them aware, allow them to read up, ensure that they are following our same guided principles.
  • We continue to align all of our suppliers with our social, environmental and ethical expectations through our Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • We assess the sustainability performance and existing social compliance audit results of prioritized suppliers using the EcoVadis online platform, leveraging recognized third –party tools while also unlocking increased visibility and broader insights. We support strategic suppliers, as they advance performance through a new, longer-term collaboration model focused on driving systemic change and engagement of workers.
  • Human Rights and Sustainable Sourcing focuses on advancing respect for human rights in our extended supply chains. We seek to understand the nature and extent of human rights issues and to support our suppliers and business partners as they take steps to identify, prevent and address them.

We focus on collaboration across sectors to drive long-term change, with a particular focus on root causes. We can take a step-by-step approach that supports our teams around the world as they prepare to take action on human rights, highlighting four key action areas – Commit, Assess, Respond, Engage:

  • Commit: Forming a cross-functional team across all relevant functions with clear accountabilities and governance processes. Identifying or creating relevant policies, standards and practices. Allocating appropriate resources to support successful activation of the agreed plan.
  • Assess: Conducting human rights due diligence to identify and understand relevant human rights impacts including, where possible, input from impacted and vulnerable people and local communities.
  • Respond: Seeking to prevent, address and remediate human rights impacts, either directly or in collaboration with industry, government and civil society. Actions may include monitoring and verification systems, awareness raising and training or grievance mechanisms, remediation of individual cases, and addressing the enabling environment and root causes.
  • Engage: Engaging externally to learn from and collaborate with others and to share our own progress and challenges transparently. Seeking to mobilize or join key coalitions and to drive collective action across sectors to meet shared goals.
    1. Petssified.com, Inc. supply chain includes suppliers which supply products and/or services directly to Petssified.com, Inc. as well as businesses which supply goods and/or services to others.
    2. The International Labor Organization defines forced labor as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.” Hazardous child labor, which includes the worst forms of child labor is defined by the ILO as “work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.”