We support suppliers that take action toward maintaining our collective commitment to human rights and safety in our supply chain. We purchase products made in factories that adhere to our Responsible Sourcing Standards, which mandate that suppliers and factories abide by all applicable international and local laws, rules and regulations in the manufacturing and distribution of merchandise or services provided to us. We conduct audits of factories around the world to ensure compliance with these standards. Our annual Responsible Sourcing Report details our progress.
Suppliers must keep on-site documentation that demonstrates compliance with our standards. They also must allow Home Depot associates and/or representatives full access to production facilities, worker records, production records and workers for confidential interviews in connection with monitoring visits. We expect our suppliers to promptly correct any noncompliance, and we check their progress. If suppliers fail to improve, we may terminate our business relationships with them. Equally important, we support factories that take action to create lasting social and environmental compliance programs. We encourage suppliers and factory workers to communicate concerns via processes outlined in our Business Code of Conduct & Ethics.
+DID YOU KNOW: Under our responsible sourcing policy, The Home Depot conducted 1,487 factory audits and 1,632 follow-up visits in 39 countries in fiscal year 2021.
We strive to create transparency in how global forest resources are used in our products.
To help protect endangered forests and to ensure that there will be timber for future generations, The Home Depot first issued our Wood Purchasing Policy in 1999. Since then, we have worked to lead our suppliers toward understanding and practicing sustainable forestry throughout the world.
The policy outlines our commitment to practice and promote the efficient and responsible use of wood and wood products.
We are committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations wherever we do business. As part of that commitment, we require compliance with the Lacey Act, a U.S. law that applies to plant and plant products, including wood. Our Lacey Act compliance policy helps ensure that the plant products we sell come from legal sources and reflect our longstanding commitment to sustainability.
+DID YOU KNOW: To further our commitment to sustainable forestry and increased transparency, we recently committed to participating in the CDP forests questionnaire.