Young Living’s Commitment to Ethical Practices
Our strong commitment to the highest standards in everything we produce extends to our business practices. We are committed to the ethical business practices prescribed by not only industry-leading organizations but also law.
DSA Code of Ethics
The Direct Selling Association (DSA) is the foremost network marketing organization in the country, and our adherence to its code of ethics is a guarantee that we continuously strive for transparency and ethical conduct under all conditions. We encourage you to read the DSA Code of Ethics to learn about Young Living’s commitment to serving our ever-expanding membership without compromising on our principles.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Since January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) has required all retailers and manufacturers above a certain size doing business in California to disclose all measures used to track possible slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. This disclosure is aimed at providing information to consumers to help them make better, more informed choices about the products they buy and the companies they support.
Young Living strives to ensure that human rights are respected throughout our global supply chain. Through Young Living’s Supplier Compliance Manual, all Young Living suppliers and subcontractors are required to comply with Young Living’s Supplier Code of Conduct, which means they practice fair and ethical employment practices and comply with applicable legislation.
Slavery and human trafficking can take many forms, including forced labor, bonded labor, and child labor. Young Living proactively takes efforts to ensure and verify the absence of such slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain. These efforts include:
Certification and Verification
Young Living builds long-term relationships with suppliers who share our values and ethical commitments. All current and potential suppliers and subcontractors of Young Living must agree to comply with the Young Living Supplier Compliance Manual, which requires them to comply with all applicable laws and regulations concerning health and safety, child labor, wages and hours, discrimination, forced labor, etc., of the country in which their products are manufactured.
The terms of the Young Living Supplier Code of Conduct specifically require all suppliers and/or subcontractors to verify and certify that no raw materials or finished products purchased by Young Living have been manufactured, assembled, or packaged by the direct or indirect use of forced labor, bonded labor, child labor, or under unsafe working conditions. Young Living suppliers and their subcontractors must post the Young Living Supplier Code of Conduct in the language of the suppliers’ workers and provide appropriate training to all workers on their rights within the Young Living Code of Conduct and the laws of the applicable country.
Young Living’s supplier audit program evaluates suppliers’ compliance with the Young Living Supplier Code of Conduct, which prohibits forced labor, bonded labor, and child labor. A Young Living representative or an independent inspection firm retained by Young Living may audit Young Living’s suppliers and their subcontractors’ facilities and/or records at any time. Young Living will work only with suppliers who share our core values and work to actively maintain these values in the global workplace. Young Living reserves the right to immediately terminate our relationship and cancel all orders with any supplier that does not fully comply with our standards, in addition to pursuing any other available remedies resulting from the supplier’s breach.
Young Living requires all of our employees to comply with the Young Living Code of Ethics. Suppliers, contractors, and service providers are expected to act ethically and are required to comply with the Young Living Supplier Code of Conduct. As with all alleged violations of policy, Young Living investigates issues and takes the appropriate action up to and including termination of employees in violation of the Young Living Code of Ethics and termination of agreements for suppliers and/or contractors found to be in violation of the Young Living Supplier Code of Conduct.
All Young Living employees are required to participate in an ethics training course, which focuses in part on the practical implementation of human rights—in particular those regarding health, safety and security, diversity, harassment and bullying, sexual harassment, privacy, supplier selection, and fair treatment of suppliers. Additionally, all employees are given a copy and must agree to the terms given in the Young Living Employee Handbook, which requires all employees to report any incidents of human trafficking and includes more detailed information on how to apply the Young Living Code of Ethics when interacting with suppliers.
In accordance with the DSA Code of Ethics and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, Young Living is compliant in our disclosure of the efforts we are taking to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain.