Jelly Belly Candy Company is opposed to all human slavery/forced labor and human trafficking. For all raw materials we purchase we conduct a verification process that begins with the "Jelly Belly Candy Company Supplier Code of Conduct." All direct suppliers are required to comply with international standards and verify with us that they are in agreement with the principles set forth in our Code of Conduct.
In addition we conduct a risk assessment at least every two years for suppliers and potential suppliers and identify possible high risk suppliers. All suppliers of raw materials used in the manufacture of items purchased by Jelly Belly Candy Company are reviewed by independent third parties for compliance with laws regarding slavery, child labor and human trafficking in the country or countries in which they do business. Companies who are identified as "high risk" or who source from countries identified by the U.S Department of Labor as "Associated with Child Labor or Forced Labor" are required to submit yearly audits performed by auditing firms accredited by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). We may conduct unannounced audits of suppliers based on our risk assessment, and in addition we will require third party audits if we determine a supplier is high risk and failing to meet our criteria. If our audit reveals concerns about the potential for forced or child labor, we require a remediation plan or we will discontinue doing business with the identified supplier.
Jelly Belly Candy Company is a charter member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WFC) www.worldcocoafoundation.org - a public-private member group that works to ensure quality of life for cocoa farmers and their families through responsible cocoa farming. Because cocoa beans from West Africa are grown on 2 million farms and is the largest cocoa producing area in the world, this region receives special attention with industry wide efforts which we support.
Our employees working in supply management receive mandatory training in how to identify and respond to suspected issues of forced or slave labor. Employees who fail to comply with company policies are subject to disciplinary action.