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Does the company publish whether the policy (or policies) is part of the purchase agreement or if a supplier signature is required?
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Requiring a signature on supplier policies or explicitly ensuring that adherence to suppliers policies is part of the contractual trading agreement reinforces the importance of compliance and demonstrates that the company is serious about suppliers' performance on social and environmental issues.

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In this question you are being asked to identify if the company publishes whether the policy (or policies) is part of the purchase agreement or if a supplier signature is required. Start by searching for a statement that the policy (or policies) is part of a purchasing agreement or requires the suppliers/vendors signature.

This statement may appear in/on:
- The Code of Conduct
- The supplier terms of engagement
- The supplier guidebook
- The vendor agreements
- A Modern Slavery Statement or California Transparency
- Company documents
- Company policies
- Company websites
- Company code of conduct
- Parent company documents (only if the parent company is linked to from the brands website)
- Parent company policies (only if the parent company is linked to from the brands website)
- Parent company websites (only if the parent company is linked to from the brands website)
- Parent company code of conduct (only if the parent company is linked to from the brands website)
- Act disclosure

Good keywords for your searches include:
- Signature
- Sign
- Contractual relationship
- Purchasing Agreement
- Contractually required

Things to watch out for:
- Information should only be used from a parent company documents or website when the brand has linked to the parent company from their own website