ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. is the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon services in the United States. ULTA is committed to the highest standards of business conduct in its operations. At the core of ULTA's corporate policy is that all of its employees, directors, suppliers and service providers conduct all relationships in accordance with the highest ethical standards and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
ULTA has implemented a Code of Business Conduct, wherein the Company has made known its position that no employee will be permitted to unlawfully harass or discriminate against another employee, customer or vendor in any way. ULTA expects the vendors it works with also abide by these same principles, and expects that its vendors will pass these principles along to their extended vendors engaged in the production of goods that are ultimately purchased by ULTA.
ULTA requires all vendors who wish to conduct business with ULTA to sign a binding Vendor Purchasing Agreement that denotes acceptance of all terms and conditions within such agreement. Under the Vendor Purchasing Agreement, vendors must comply with all applicable U.S. and foreign laws, rules and regulations. Similarly, all ULTA manufacturers must execute a Manufacturing/Formulation Agreement that requires compliance with all U.S. and foreign laws, rules and regulations. This includes any and all laws and regulations, domestic and foreign, that pertain to human trafficking and forced labor. ULTA also requires all private label vendors to certify that they are in compliance with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the countries in which they do business.
ULTA reserves the right under its Manufacturing/Formulation Agreement to audit the facilities of its vendors that are used in the manufacturing, receiving, sampling, analyzing, storing, handling, packaging and shipping of products ordered by ULTA. A purpose of these Audits would be to assure good manufacturing practices and compliance with applicable laws and regulations at these facilities.
Vendors are held accountable for non-compliance with ULTA's Manufacturing/Formulation Agreement and Vendor Purchasing Agreement. Vendors subject to the Manufacturing/Formulation Agreement are required to provide ULTA a written response to any audit observations ULTA's auditors issue to the vendors, and are to immediately implement any corrective actions or enhancements to their manufacturing, packaging and labeling operations and processes, as requested by ULTA.If ULTA discovers that a vendor is not in compliance with the expected ethical standards, which include the elimination of human trafficking and forced labor within its supply chain, ULTA will provide such supplier with the opportunity to remedy any potential non-compliance through the implementation of a corrective action plan. If the supplier fails to remedy the non-compliance, ULTA reserves the right to eliminate such vendor from its supply chain. ULTA employees are held accountable for non-compliance with ULTA's Code of Business Conduct. In accordance with the Code, any employee who is aware of a violation or suspected violation of the Code, will refer the violation to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources or the Ethics Hotline. Violations of the Code are addressed promptly by ULTA, subject to compliance with applicable laws or regulations, and may subject persons to corrective and/or disciplinary action, including termination of employment.
ULTA recently launched an employee training program. Included in the program is a training module on Ethics, which includes social responsibility topics.
ULTA will not tolerate any instances of human trafficking or other forced labor within its supply chains. ULTA expects that its employees, directors, suppliers and service providers conduct all relationships in accordance with the highest ethical standards. Failure to comply with ULTA's standards will result in appropriate actions being taken against such individuals and companies to preserve ULTA's high standards of business conduct.