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Human Rights

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As a global leader in flavor, McCormick recognizes the important role we play in protecting those who work within our supply chain. Our approach is disciplined, anchored by a new Global Human Rights Policy, upkept through rigorous supplier certification and enforced through strict oversight.

Learn more about the new Global Human Rights Policy »

McCormick has significantly strengthened our commitments to Human Rights in recent years, culminating in the adoption of the new Global Human Rights Policy. McCormick is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and, in September 2021, was named a Global Compact LEAD company by the United Nations for its ongoing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business.

Read Our Global Human Rights Policy »

Certifying Our Suppliers

Many of McCormick’s agricultural products are acquired from suppliers who ultimately source raw materials from farming communities. It has always been important that materials used in our products are obtained through ethical and fair labor conditions. We ensure this through:


Global Supplier Code of Conduct

This code makes clear McCormick's commitment to fair labor standards and helps ensure that McCormick aligns itself with suppliers that share this commitment and expects the same of their own suppliers. 


Social People and Communities

Anonymous Hotline

The anonymous hotline is staffed by an independent organization for employees to report actual or potential violations of McCormick’s policies and codes of conduct without fear of retaliation.



McCormick requires suppliers to sign up for Sedex, which is one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organization and works with businesses to improve working conditions in their global supply chains.

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Supplier Scorecard

The Supplier Scorecard illustrates supplier scores by region and risk level, determined by an assessment and audit score.

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Looking Internally and Working with Peers

In addition to certifying suppliers, a number of our own factories have completed SEDEX SAQs and the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA). We are moving toward performing audits at all facilities in the coming years.

We are also dedicated to using our size and reputation to push for good on a greater scale. We do this as a member of the United Nations Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, a global organization whose objective is to bring together consumer goods manufacturers and retailers to provide practical help to implement global standards and best practices for efficiency and positive change.