Our supply chains primarily consist of direct purchases of potatoes or other crops from farmers contiguous to our facilities in our food businesses, and commodity markets for sulfur, ammonia, nitrogen or derivatives thereof for our fertilizer businesses. Our purchases of equipment or parts used in our food plants, fertilizer manufacturing facilities and offices, or any other farm products we resell, are primarily from North American sources. Our non-North American imported industrial commodities or farm products are sourced from industrial production facilities that have no known association with human trafficking.
Therefore, we do not have a formal verification process, do not conduct audits of suppliers, and do not require certifications from our suppliers regarding compliance with slavery and human trafficking laws. The Company does not provide certain training on human trafficking, nor specific accountability standards and procedures associated with human trafficking. The Company does have a code of ethics, established in 2005, that states: The Company absolutely forbids the use of any prison or forced labor (other than through government-sanctioned work-release programs in the United States). Likewise, the use of labor under any form of indentured servitude is prohibited, as is the use of physical punishment, confinement, threats of violence or other forms of physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse as a method of discipline or control of any employee or contractor of the Company.