product sourcing and human rights
Approach to Sourcing and Human Rights
At Ross Stores, Inc. (”Ross”), which includes Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS, 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 more than 1,100 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 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. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is located under Corporate Governance in the Investors section of www.rossstores.com and our Vendor Compliance Manual can be found at http://partners.rossstores.com.
Ross communicates its standards and requirements to vendors, buyers and overseas buying agents during our purchasing processes.