Ethical business practices play a critical role in our corporate social responsibility program. We aim to operate with high standards of integrity and transparency, and adhere to several policies to ensure we meet these standards.
We are dedicated to sourcing goods and services from a diverse set of suppliers, and are continuously seeking ways to build and reinforce long-lasting relationships. Our membership with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) gives us the opportunity to continually increase partnerships with minority-owned suppliers. Similarly, as a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Ross is committed to supporting women-owned businesses.
OUR APPROACH TO SOURCING AND HUMAN RIGHTS
At Ross Stores, ethical business practices are at the core of our culture and can be seen every day in the way we treat all of our constituents, from customers and Associates to vendors and investors. This focus on ethical business practices is also reflected in Ross’ policy that we will not knowingly purchase merchandise from any manufacturer involved in the use of child, slave, prison or forced labor.
Ross is an off-price retailer with almost 1,500 stores across the country. The majority of the apparel, footwear, accessories and home-related merchandise sold in our stores is purchased from suppliers after they have been produced and imported to other retailers’ specifications.
Though Ross does not have direct control over the manufacturing processes for these products, we require suppliers to uphold our ethical standards, both contractually and through enforcement. While Ross orders and imports some products directly through its international buying agents, they represent the minority of merchandise sold in our stores. For these items, we have additional requirements in place to monitor and enforce compliance.
Ross’ standards and requirements related to sourcing and human rights are incorporated in various Company documents, including Ross’ Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Vendor Compliance Manual, Purchase Orders, Vendor Indemnification Agreements, and Buying Agent Agreements.
Ross communicates its standards and requirements to vendors, buyers and overseas buying agents during our purchasing processes.