The Site and the information, features and services available through the Site may be referred to herein collectively as the “Service”. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features or services that augment or enhance the Service in the future shall be considered part of the Service and subject to these TOU. The Service is provided primarily for informational purposes, and is not guaranteed. We shall not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or availability of any information or other content, data, text, URLs, graphics, audio and video clips, advertising or any other materials (collectively, the “Content”) transmitted or made available via the Service. We shall not be responsible or liable for any decisions made in reliance on such information.
The Site may require registration or may otherwise ask you to provide information to participate in certain features or to access certain content. As part of the registration and account creation process, you will select a password and provide us with certain registration information. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password(s) and for all usage or activity on your account, including the use of your account by any person using your password(s). If you choose to register with the Service or otherwise provide personal or other information to the Service, you agree to (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service’s registration form or other areas of the Service, and (b) maintain and promptly update such information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information to us that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we have the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof).
Third Party Websites
The Service may provide links to websites or resources outside of the Site. Because we have no control over external sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the availability of such sites or resources, and do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, goods, services or other materials on, available through or provided by such sites or resources. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, any websites that you find or link to through the Service, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such websites. You agree that we shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of links to such websites on the Service.
Social Media Websites
If you choose to use social media connect functions on the Site, you acknowledge and agree to abide by the relevant terms and conditions of each respective social media website that we may utilize. The terms and conditions for the social media websites may be found on each respective social media website. This function is intended to enable you to participate in certain features or to access certain content and enable us to connect with social media websites so that you can send newsfeeds about your activities to each of these websites. Such social media websites may also be able to use information about action you take on our Site. However, note that where you choose to publish information on the interactive parts of our Site outside of these privacy settings, or in any way other than through a social media website, that information will not be protected by us. It is information in the public domain, which may be accessed by any person using the Web in any part of the world and can be found using independent search engines. If you choose to post information to the interactive parts of our Site in this manner, you do so at your own risk. In addition, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the availability of these websites, or any other social media websites that we may add to the connect function, and do not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, goods, services or other materials on, available through or provided by such websites or resources.
Product pages, blog articles, or other interactive areas that are or may be offered on the Site ("User Forums") are provided to give users a forum to express their opinions and share their ideas and information. The individual who posts content in the User Forums ("Community Content") is responsible for the reliability, accuracy, and truthfulness of such content, and we have no control over the same. Additionally, we have no control over whether any such posted material is of a nature that users will find offensive, distasteful or otherwise unacceptable and expressly disclaims any responsibility for such material.
We do not and cannot review every message posted by users in the User Forums, and is not responsible for the content of these messages or the views or opinions expressed by the users of the User Forums. Information disclosed in the User Forums is by design revealed to the public. We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to delete, move or edit content, in whole or in part, submitted by you to the Site for any reason in our sole discretion. In addition, we may delete, move, edit or disclose the contents of messages when it is required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such action is necessary to protect and defend our rights and property or to protect the safety of our users or the public. In no event do we assume any obligation to monitor the User Forums or remove any specific material.
You understand that the uploading to and/or posting of any Community Content in any User Forum shall not be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of Company, and we shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Community Content.
Restrictions on Use:
In consideration for your use of the User Forums and functionality, you agree to comply with the "Community Guidelines" set forth below. Without limiting our other rights and remedies, individuals who violate the following Community Guidelines may, at our sole discretion, be permanently banned from using the Site:
a. harass, stalk or otherwise abuse another user;
b. transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available any content that is false, harmful, threatening, abusive, tortious, defamatory, libelous, disparaging (including disparaging of Quest Nutrition), vulgar, obscene, pornographic or that promotes violence, racial hatred, terrorism or illegal acts, or is otherwise objectionable (as determined by us in our sole discretion);
c. transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available any content that is unlawful or infringes, violates or misappropriates any patent, trademark, trade identity right, trade secret, publicity right, privacy right, copyright or any other intellectual property or any other rights of any third party;
d. transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available any viruses, Trojan horses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files or material that interferes with any third party's use and enjoyment of the Site;
e. impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise disguise the origin of any content transmitted through the Site or to Quest Nutrition, including forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any transmission to the Site for any reason;
f. transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available through the Site any personal advertising, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or offer for sale of any products or services, except in areas, if any, specifically designated for such purposes;
g. violate any applicable local, state, federal or international law, rule or regulation;
h. transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available through the Site any content containing any solicitation of funds, promotion, advertising, or solicitation for goods or services. You also hereby acknowledge that you are prohibited from soliciting other guests to join or become members of any commercial online service or other organization;
i. collect or harvest the information of any user or otherwise access the Site using automated means (including but not limited to harvesting bots, robots, spiders or scrapers);
j. “frame”, “mirror” or “deep link” any part of the Site or other Offerings without our prior written authorization; or
k. link to any page within the Site or other Offerings from any web site or web page that makes any claims as to the curative or health enhancing powers of any substance, whether or not such substance is produced, marketed, sold or distributed by us.
We do not endorse the Community Content in the User Forums and specifically disclaim any responsibility or liability to any person or entity (including, without limitation, persons who may use or rely on such material) for any loss, damage (whether actual, consequential, punitive or otherwise), injury, claim, liability or other cause of any kind or character based upon or resulting from any Community Content provided through a User Forum. By posting or uploading Community Content to any User Forum or submitting any other Community Content to us, you automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) us a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, sub-license, create derivative works from and distribute such materials or incorporate such Community Content into any form, medium, or technology now known hereafter devised throughout the universe in perpetuity. In addition, you warrant that the content as uploaded or posted by you does not violate any person's so-called publicity rights or "moral rights" or other similar or analogous rights under any applicable laws in any country or region of the world.
You agree to indemnify us for any and all third party claims, damages, losses, and causes of action arising from or as a result of your posting or uploading any Community Content to any User Forum or submitting any Community Content to us, or your failure to comply with the Community Guidelines.
We are pleased to hear from users and welcome your comments regarding Quest Nutrition’s services and products. Nevertheless, our company policy does not allow it to accept or consider creative ideas, suggestions, or materials other than those it has specifically requested (see below). While we value your feedback on our services and products, we request that you do not submit any creative ideas, suggestions, or materials. We hope you will understand that it is the intent of this policy to avoid the possibility of future misunderstandings when projects developed by us or our affiliates' professional staff might seem to others to be similar to their own creative work. Accordingly, we ask that you do not send us any original creative materials. If you send or post certain specific submissions at our request (e.g., via message boards or in connection with contests) or if you send us creative suggestions, ideas, notes, photographs, drawings, concepts, or any other information (each, a "Submission" and collectively, the "Submissions") despite our request that you not send us any unsolicited Submissions or other creative materials, the Submission will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary in each instance. For purposes of this Paragraph, all Community Content shall be deemed included in the definition of Submissions. None of the Submissions shall be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of us, and we shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Submissions. Any Submission may be used by us without restriction for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast or posting, and you hereby irrevocably waive, release and give up any claim that any use of such Submission violates any of your rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, privacy rights, proprietary or other property rights, publicity rights, or right to credit for the material or ideas.
We shall have and are irrevocably granted the right, but not the obligation, to reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, broadcast, license, perform, post, sell, translate, incorporate, create derivative works from, distribute and otherwise use the Submission in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, without according you any compensation or credit. By submitting a Submission to this Site or us, you represent that such Submission is original with you and does not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third parties, including, without limitation, any intellectual property rights and rights of publicity and/or privacy. All Submissions to the Site and/or us shall be our sole property and will not be acknowledged or returned. You agree and understand that we are not obligated to use any Submission you make to the Site or us and you have no right to compel such use. You hereby acknowledge and agree that your relationship with us is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that your decision to submit any material to us does not place us in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to your Submission. You understand and acknowledge that we have wide access to ideas, stories, designs, and other literary materials, and that new ideas are constantly being submitted to it or being developed by our own employees. Many ideas or stories may be competitive with, similar or identical to your Submission in theme, idea, plot, format or other respects. You acknowledge and agree that you will not be entitled to any compensation as a result of our use of any such similar or identical material. Finally, you acknowledge that, with respect to any claim you may have relating to or arising out of our actual or alleged exploitation or use of any material you submit to the Site and/or us, the damage, if any, thereby caused will not be irreparable or otherwise sufficient to entitle you to injunctive or other equitable relief or to in any way enjoin the production, distribution, exhibition or other exploitation of any production based on or allegedly based on the material, and your rights and remedies in any such event shall be strictly limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at law.
This Site may contain sweepstakes, contests or other promotions that require you to send material or information about yourself. Please note that sweepstakes, contests or promotions offered via the Site may be, and often are, governed by a separate set of rules that, in addition to describing such sweepstakes, contest or promotion, may have eligibility requirements, such as certain age or geographic area restrictions, terms and conditions governing the use of material you submit, and disclosures about how your personal information may be used. It is your responsibility to read such rules to determine whether or not you want to and are eligible to participate, register and/or enter. By entering any such sweepstakes, contest or other promotion, you agree to comply with abide by such rules and the decisions of the sponsor(s) identified therein, which shall be final and binding in all respects.
Modifications To Service
We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that we shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, immediately and without notice to suspend or terminate these TOU, your account (if you have registered) and/or your ability to access the Site, for any reason including any breach by you of these TOU or conduct by you that we determine to be inappropriate. Without limiting the foregoing, if you post any images or Content to the Site that infringes the copyright of any third party, such conduct shall be grounds for immediate termination of your account.
Our Proprietary Rights
You acknowledge and agree that the Site and the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service (the “Software”) contain proprietary and/or confidential information, Content and other materials that are protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws (including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks, service marks and patents). You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any intellectual property through your use of the Site. Except as expressly authorized by us, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, create derivative works based on, or otherwise use the Software, the Service or any Content contained thereon, in whole or in part. In addition, you may not copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute materials from the Site in any way or manner without our prior written permission.
QUEST NUTRITION, the accompanying logos, trade dresses and all other intellectual property on this Site is owned by Quest Nutrition, LLC.
Disclaimer of Warranties
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
a. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE AND ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED OR OFFERED ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
b. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT
(i) THE SERVICE OR ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS,
(ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE,
(iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS PROVIDED THEREIN WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE,
(iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY SERVICES OR ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND
(v) ANY ERRORS IN THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED.
c. ANY MATERIAL OBTAINED FROM THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS OBTAINED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM OBTAINING ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
d. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR FROM OR THROUGH THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS OF SERVICE.
Limitation of Liability
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM:
(i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR ANY PRODUCT OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICE;
(ii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA;
(iii) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; OR
(iv) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
No Personal Advice or Endorsements
The Site and its Content (including any postings, comments, e-mails or information provided by users) are for informational and entertainment purposes only, and is not intended to replace or substitute for any professional financial, medical, legal or other advice. In addition to the disclaimers and limitations of liability set forth above, we and our affiliates make no representations or warranties and expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with any health claims or information offered or provided by users of the Site. Any such health claims or information offered or provided by users are not tested, substantiated or endorsed by us and individual results may vary and may not be typical for individual consumers.
The sole and exclusive jurisdiction and venue for resolving any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the TOU or the Service, including, without limitation, any dispute with respect to this arbitration provision, any claim in tort, or any claim for violation of any federal, state or local statute, or ordinance or regulation (collectively, “Disputes”), shall be through confidential binding arbitration in Los Angeles County, California. The arbitration shall be conducted by JAMS/Endispute (“JAMS”), whose rules applicable to such disputes shall be in force, and judgment or the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof. There shall be one arbitrator to be mutually selected by the parties, and if the parties cannot so select, the arbitrator shall be appointed by JAMS. The fees of the arbitrator, administrative fees, and the other fees and costs of the arbitration, including, but not limited to, the cost of any record or transcripts of the arbitration, shall be advanced by the parties to the arbitration in equal portions, and, in addition thereto, each such party shall advance the fees of its own attorneys, the expenses of its witnesses and all other expenses connected with presenting its case. THE PARTIES HERETO WAIVE THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN CONNECTION WITH ANY ARBITRABLE CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM.
Waiver of Class Arbitration
To the fullest extent permissible under applicable law, all Disputes shall be resolved by confidential binding arbitration on an individual basis. You expressly agree that no other Disputes shall be consolidated or joined with your Dispute, whether through class arbitration proceedings or otherwise (“Class Arbitration”). You further acknowledge and agree that any arbitrator assigned to a Dispute lacks the authority to conduct Class Arbitration and that such arbitrator shall only hear individual Disputes. By using the Site and the Service, you acknowledge that you are voluntarily and knowingly waiving any right to participate as a representative or member of any class of claimants pertaining to any Dispute subject to arbitration under this TOU, such that you shall not be entitled to arbitrate any Dispute as a representative, a class action or in a private attorney general capacity.
These TOU constitute the entire agreement between you and us and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and us. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software. These TOU and the relationship between you and us shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Unless otherwise provided herein, you and we agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts located within the State of California. Any failure on our part to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these TOU shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these TOU is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these TOU remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or these TOU must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
If you have any questions or comments about these terms, please contact us at the address listed above. Please report any violations of these TOU to Business&Legalaffairs@questnutrition.com.
Information we collect and how we use it
How We Collect Your Information
We collect personally identifiable information that you voluntarily provide to us and by automated means. Personally identifiable information we collect and save that you provide voluntarily to us is your name, mailing and billing address, your telephone number and/or your e-mail address. We collect this personally identifiable information only when you actually voluntarily enter it on a page on our website or on a page on another website that is expressly linked to our website.
Information We Collect By Automated Means
We collect certain information by automated means when you visit our website, such as how many users visited our sites and the pages accessed. By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor our website to our visitors. We collect this information through various means such as cookies, web beacons and IP addresses, as explained below. We also collect some personally identifiable information by automated means, such as collecting your IP address when you access our website.
Certain pages on our website contain web beacons (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party. We use this information to analyze trends, to track users’ movements around the sites and to gather demographic information as a whole. We do not provide personal information through these cookies or web beacon to any third party nor do any third parties collect any personal information by these means. Our website does not respond to do not track (DNT) signals.
An IP address is personally identifiable information that is a unique identifier that certain electronic devices use to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. When you visit our website, we may view and collect the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet. We use this information to determine the general physical location of the device. We also may use this information to enhance our website.
How We Use Your Information
Your personally identifiable information will only be used in the following ways unless otherwise stated at the time you provide it to us:
A. We will use it to contact you in order to answer questions, send you requested information, send you free or discount offers, and keep you updated on our company and its products.
B. We will use it to process orders you may place for our products.
C. We may use it for Quest’s internal purposes. These purposes include administration of our website, data analytics and compliance with our legal obligations, policies and procedures.
D. We use it to provide an enhanced and more personalized online experience.
Our site may contain announcements of promotions or contests that we are conducting which you may sometimes enter electronically. We use information you provide us when you enter to conduct the promotion or contests (for example, to notify winners). We won’t use the information you provide for any other purpose unless you agree to let us do so.
How we Store and Protect Your Information
Your personally identifiable information that you disclose to us is stored in our secure server’s database. The information is only accessed by those persons authorized to access our systems, and they are required to keep the information confidential.
If you open an online order account with us, it will contain personally identifiable information that you have entered into your account. You can access your account online via our website’s log in function and update or delete all of your information except for your default address which can be edited but not deleted. You can also choose not to store your address information in your account, but it will be contained in your order history.
We offer an auto delivery subscription service that automatically delivers Quest products to you on a schedule you select. You will enter personally identifiable information into your subscription to use this service. You can edit/delete/update your auto delivery subscriptions. You can also use a function called TURN ON/TURN OFF which saves the subscription and allows you to turn it on at your preference. Our payment processor will save a unique token identifier, but not your credit card information.
You can opt in to receive our newsletters and we will use your email address to deliver our newsletters to you. You can unsubscribe from our newsletters whenever you want.
Do we share your information with outside parties?
We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our website visitors, except as described here. We may share the information you provide among our subsidiaries and affiliates and with our joint marketing partners. We may also share the information with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are not authorized by us to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or comply with legal requirements. In addition, we may disclose information about you (i) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, (ii) to law enforcement authorities or other government officials, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity. If you are a California resident, you may ask us to refrain from sharing your information with third parties for their marketing purposes. Please tell us your preference by contacting us as indicated in the “How to Contact Us” section of this Privacy Notice. We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to direct the transferee to use information you have provided through our website in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy, we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
How To Contact Us
Quest believes that our supply chain should reflect Quest’s values and respect for human rights. Quest believes that its supply chain should be free from any form of forced labor, including slavery and human trafficking. More information regarding Quest’s efforts to mitigate the risks of slavery and human trafficking throughout our supply chain is available below.
Quest’s intends to verify its product supply chain by requesting that its suppliers complete a questionnaire to help assess risks of human trafficking and slavery in Quest’s supply chain. Responses will be reviewed by Quest, and upon Quest’s request, relevant documents, procedures and records of the supplier may be reviewed as part of Quest’s internal audit. In addition, Quest intends to obtain from suppliers a written certification that the supplier does not permit human trafficking and slavery in supplier’s supply chain.
In addition, suppliers must certify in writing to Quest that the supplier does not permit human trafficking and slavery in supplier or in supplier’s supply chain.
Quest intends to audit new and current suppliers from time to time to determine if they are furthering the purposes of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the “Act”). The audit process will include a review of supplier responses to a request for information based on a questionnaire. If Quest identifies any concerns, then Quest may conduct an investigation. If an issue cannot be resolved after investigation or conference with the supplier, then Quest may conduct an on-site audit or terminate its relationship with the Supplier.
Quest is in the process of obtaining from its suppliers a certification attesting that the supplier does not use any form of forced, indentured, bonded or slave labor and that it does not permit human trafficking in its supply chains. Quest’s Purchasing & Supply Chain Department manages this certification process and will request that its new suppliers complete the certification as part of the onboarding process.
Quest’s Purchasing and Supply Chain Department is responsible for administering the programs in furtherance of the Act and the related issues involving human trafficking and slavery. Any employee or supplier who is determined to be acting contrary to Quest’s values or the Act may be terminated by Quest in its sole discretion. Quest intends to adopt other internal procedures for determining whether employees or suppliers are complying with company values or the Act.
Quest has educated its employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management and others in the organization about the Act. Further educational efforts and training may include face-to-face meetings and web-based seminars, and will focus on how employees can assist Quest in mitigating risks within its supply chain in furtherance of the Act.