Responsible Supply Chain

Responsible Sourcing

Tip Top Poultry will strive to meet and exceed all industry, national and international standards of ethical business behavior and responsible sourcing. Our fundamental principles that create the foundation of the Tip Top Poultry are grounded in Tip Top’s Core Values and comply with internationally recognized standards. We strive to meet and in cases exceed national and international standards for the ethical, safe and consistent treatment of our employees and environmental responsibility. We abide by all United States laws regulating these activities.

Our fundamental ethical and responsible sourcing standards are the following:

  • We have a Code of Conduct that all salaried employees have been trained on.
  • Business is conducted lawfully and with integrity.
  • Work is conducted on the basis of freely agreed and documented terms of employment.
  • All workers are treated equally and with respect and dignity.
  • Work is conducted on a voluntary basis.
  • All employees are of an appropriate age.
  • All employees are paid fair wages.
  • Working hours for all employees are reasonable.
  • All employees are free to exercise their right to form and / or join trade unions or to refrain from doing so and to bargain collectively; however our intention is to create a favorable working environment where employees do not have a need for representation.
  • Employee’s health and safety are protected at work.
  • Employees have access to fair procedures and remedies.
  • Land rights of communities will be protected and promoted.
  • Business is conducted in a manner which embraces sustainability and reduces environmental impact.

We also expect our vendors and customers to maintain the highest standards of ethical trading and responsible sourcing. We will ensure adherence to and awareness of these principles by:

  • First of all demonstrating our standards by our actions.
  • Communicating our policy clearly to our customers and employees through internet, intranet and employee handbook.
  • Request that they meet ethical and responsible sourcing standards.

Any inquiries or questions about this policy and the Tip Top Code of Conduct should be directed to Phil Stroud, Vice President of People at

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure

Tip Top Poultry, Inc. support the goals of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and strive to be examples of good human rights and labor practices throughout our business activities. The Tip Top Poultry Core Values are at the basis of our company’s culture, which has developed over the span of 68 years. Since our earliest shareholders, we have built our business on the conviction that to have long-term success for our stakeholders, we not only have to comply with all applicable legal requirements and ensure that all our activities are sustainable, but additionally we have to create significant value for society.

Tip Top’s actions in this area include the following:

1. Product Supply Chains

In our Responsible Supply Chain principles, Tip Top commits to foster responsible practices in our supply chain. Because virtually all of our supply is produced or grown in the United States, and because we require all of our suppliers to adhere to United States regulations, our suppliers are required by law (such as OSHA) to not practice human-trafficking, to not employ slave labor, to not provide inhumane working environments, and to provide a safe and fair working environment for their employees. Because of the domestic source of origin and the enforcement of law in the United States, we do not verify our suppliers.

Tip Top is also a member of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), a not for profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Sedex is currently being used by a number of leading retailers and brand manufacturers and over 15,000 sites are registered on Sedex. More information can be found at

2. Supplier Audits

Tip Top reserves the right to verify our Supplier’s compliance with the Responsible Supply Chain principles. In the event that Tip Top becomes aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with the Responsible Supply Chain principles, Tip Top reserves the right to demand corrective measures. Tip Top reserves the right to terminate an agreement with any supplier who does not comply with the Responsible Supply Chain principles.

3. Human Rights in our business activities

As indicated in the Responsible Supply Chain principles, Tip Top fully supports the four pillars of Sedex: labour standards, health and safety, the environment, and business ethics..

4. Code of Business Conduct

Since Tip Top was founded, our business practices have been governed by integrity, honesty, fair dealing and full compliance with all applicable laws. Our employees in the United States (the only country in which we have employees) have upheld and lived this commitment in their every day responsibilities ever since, and Tip Top’s reputation remains one of the Company’s most important assets today.

5. Employee Training

The Responsible Supply Chain principles is provided to each of our employees globally and is accompanied by learning and training tools. Tip Top Poultry’s Responsible Supply Chain principles will continue to evolve and adapt to a changing world. Our basic foundation is unchanged from the time of the origins of the company, and reflects the basic ideas of fairness, honesty, and a general concern for people.