The 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act requires us to disclose our efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our direct supply chain. Mizuno USA supports the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) through the standards set forth in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, and specifically through our supplier OEM Agreements, our Mizuno “Code of Conduct” guidelines, and our internal Mizuno “Ethical Standards.” Furthermore, starting in 2011 Mizuno began working to further review and enhance its existing CSR practices and policies according to guidelines set forth in the ISO 26000 international standard for social responsibility. Full details of Mizuno’s CSR activities can be found online at the following link: http://www.mizuno.com/csr/index.html

 

Verification of Product Supply Chains

In furtherance of ensuring a safe, fair and ethical working environment, Mizuno has established its own “Code of Conduct for Suppliers.” All of Mizuno’s direct manufacturing partners first sign Mizuno’s CSR Pledge Statement and then also sign an OEM Agreement which includes acceptance to comply with this “Code of Conduct.” In particular, Mizuno’s OEM Agreement includes a requirement that direct suppliers agree to only employ persons who presence is voluntary. In addition, Mizuno’s OEM agreement requires all direct suppliers to fully comply with all applicable federal, national and local laws, rules and regulations and in cases where no local laws exist, Mizuno expects that international standards will be followed.

Audits of Suppliers

Prior to the commencement of production, Mizuno visits the factory and assesses the general condition of production including safety, health and working conditions within the factory. Once production for Mizuno has commenced, Mizuno conducts regular audits of its suppliers in order to ensure compliance with the terms of Mizuno’s OEM Agreement and Mizuno’s “Code of Conduct for Suppliers.” These audits may be performed by trained Mizuno staff and/or by reputable third parties as requested by Mizuno.

Certification of Materials by Direct Suppliers

Mizuno is working to evaluate and understand impacts in our extended supply chain, and to develop standards for upstream suppliers of our direct contracted manufacturers.

Internal Accountability Standards and Procedures

In order to address compliance with laws and corporate ethics, Mizuno has adopted its own internal “Ethical Standards” and “Code of Conduct,” so that all its employees can carry out their work based on common values and standards of behavior. Full details of these “Ethical Standards” and “Code of Conduct” are available on Mizuno’s CSR website.

Mizuno Employee and Management Training

We believe that in order to fulfill their social corporate responsibility, companies need to ensure that every employee complies with laws and regulations and corporate ethics in all business activities.

To maintain these principles, Mizuno makes continuous efforts to provide our employees with education and training to enhance their awareness of and compliance with our “Ethical Standards” and “Code of Conduct” guidelines, and we plan to increase our efforts in this area in 2012 with employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management activities for the Mizuno brand.

 

California Proposition 65

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also referred to as Proposition 65, is a California initiative to address concerns regarding exposure to toxic chemicals. Proposition 65 requires warning labels on products that contains certain levels of the 600+ elements that the California Air Resources Board considers a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant. These elements include lead, brass, PVC and a multitude of other everyday elements.

The general Proposition 65 notice is: WARNING: You have purchased an item that contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.