QUEST / California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657)

On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 went into effect in the State of California. This law was designed to increase the amount of information made available by manufacturers and retailers regarding their efforts to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking, thereby allowing consumers to make better, more informed choices regarding the products they buy and the companies they choose to support.

Slavery and human trafficking can take many forms, including forced labor, bonded labor, indentured labor and child labor.  Specifically, we have implemented the following action steps to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking as well as other potential labor concerns within our supply chain.

In 2004, Quiksilver Inc. established a global program for all its affiliated brands tasked with ensuring that all facilities involved in the production and supply of products for Quiksilver Inc. and its licensees adhere to the principles set out within our Quiksilver Ethical Standards of Trade (“QUEST”) program.  In this regard, Quiksilver Inc. created a Supplier Workplace Code of Conduct, in line with recognized international standards, labor laws and International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions. The “Code” requires that all suppliers and their respective factories that are manufacturing product on our behalf comply with these standards and laws.

To maintain the independence and international consistency of the QUEST program, Quiksilver Inc. works with independent third-party monitoring firms.  Under the QUEST program, all global factory assessments are conducted on an unannounced basis and monitoring is ongoing. Throughout the assessment process, factory management is educated and assisted on any noncompliance issue encountered during the applicable audit.  All factories are required to complete a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) in order to remain an active supplier within our supply chain. Audit time frames are based on assessment finding. In the event that a factory assessment yields results in which they are unable or unwilling to meet these expectations, Quiksilver Inc. reserves the right to terminate the relationship with the supplier and respective factory.

Quiksilver Inc. expects its licensees, vendors and suppliers to act reasonably in all respects and to do their best to eliminate and prevent any abusive, exploitative or illegal conditions at their workplaces.  As part of these efforts, our QUEST department conducts ongoing internal employee and management training sessions on our code and human rights concerns including human trafficking and slavery associated with a supply chain.  As we expand our business activities abroad and work with suppliers globally to meet customers’ needs, we recognize the importance of preserving our collective commitment to human rights in the workplace and are committed to doing our part in the eradication of slavery and human trafficking.

Quiksilver’s Supplier Workplace Code of Conduct can be accessed by clicking on the link below.  Any amendments or revisions to such Code will be posted to our website from time to time.

Quiksilver’s Supplier Workplace Code of Conduct