Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement
NSF International, along with its global subsidiaries (collectively, "NSF") conducts our business in accordance with our four core values: Do the Right Thing, Treat People Well, Relentlessly Pursue Excellence, and We Are One NSF. NSF’s updated Code of Ethics outlines our commitment to treating all individuals with the rights and dignity to which they are entitled. NSF is committed to continuous improvement, and we are dedicated to understanding more about modern slavery, and to improving our practices to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not present in our operations or our supply chains.
Our Structure, Business, and Supply Chains
NSF is a public health and safety organization registered under the laws of Michigan, United States. NSF has offices and laboratories in countries located in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North America, and Oceania. Manufacturers, regulators, and consumers look to NSF for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products, and the environment. Our mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, our standards group facilitates the development of standards, and our service groups test and certify products and systems to both our own standards and those developed by others. We also provide auditing and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.
NSF employs more than 2,700 global employees and contracts with independent contractors and independent laboratories in each of the regions in which we operate. We employ temporary workers from time to time; these are professional or highly skilled workers such as laboratory technicians or information technology personnel.
We deliver professional services in five core public health and safety areas: food, water, laboratories, health sciences, and management systems. As a provider of professional services, our employees and independent contractors consist of highly skilled professionals, including auditors, laboratory personnel, consultants, trainers, and professional office personnel. We do not manufacture products, and do not own manufacturing facilities or employ any manufacturing personnel.
Our Supply Chain
Our supply chain (parts of which are located in each region in which we operate) is predominantly made up of suppliers of professional services such as laboratory work, information technology services, and other similar support services. We also purchase office, laboratory, and information technology equipment and related supplies. NSF is no longer a reseller of any tangible products.
Responsibility for Implementation and Management of Our Modern Slavery Policies
Our Ethics Committee, comprised of our Chief Legal Officer, our Chief Human Resources Officer, and our Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the implementation and management of our modern slavery policies. Our Ethics Committee reports regularly to our Chief Executive Officer, and annually (or more often as the need may arise) to the Audit Committee of the NSF International Board of Directors. Pedro Sancha, our President and Chief Executive Officer, signs our Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement on behalf of the NSF International Board of Directors, after approval by the Board. There have been no changes in our process since our last statement.
Policies Relating to Slavery and Human Trafficking
In 2021, we updated our Code of Ethics which is available at www.nsf.org. Our Code of Ethics continues to include our prohibition against modern slavery and our belief that forced labor in any forms has no place in NSF’s operations or supply chain. We distribute our Code of Ethics to our independent contractors, and we have made it a contractual obligation for independent contractors to comply with the Code of Ethics. We require suppliers to sign a "compliance with laws" provision in our purchasing agreements, which provision obligates such parties to, among other things, comply with NSF's Code of Ethics, and the anti- modern slavery and anti-trafficking provisions therein. We continue to work to incorporate modern slavery into our Human Resources and purchasing policies and practices. Our anonymous online ethics reporting portal also includes the option to report modern slavery/trafficking concerns. We expanded the anonymous reporting procedure to include a web/online option to enable individuals greater ability to report any concerns.
Due Diligence Processes
NSF operates an anonymous online ethics reporting portal through an independent, third-party, which is available to our employees, any person who works within our supply chain, NSF clients, other external stakeholders, and any member of the public, all of whom can access the portal through our external websites. A link to the portal is also embedded in our Code of Ethics, which is posted on our main external websites. The portal can be used to report any ethical or compliance issue. All reports received through our portal are fully investigated by our Human Resources Department at the direction of our CLO. Our Ethics Committee, which includes our CFO, our CHRO, and our CLO, is updated regularly on the status of all investigations. The Ethics Committee provides regular updates to our CEO and our CLO provides regular updates to the Audit Committee of the NSF International Board of Directors.
All employees, as well as members of our Board of Directors, are required to complete online Code of Ethics training annually. The training, which we updated in 2021, covers, among other topics, modern slavery and trafficking, and employees are directed to report through our portal any suspected incident of modern slavery.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes NSF's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending December 31, 2021. This statement is approved by the Board of Directors of NSF International and is signed on behalf of the Board by Pedro Sancha, President and Chief Executive Officer.
President and Chief Executive Officer NSF International
Updated: June 14, 2022