SanMar is committed to ensuring production of our products meets legal and ethical standards. SanMar sets strong benchmarks through its Global Operating Principles, and proactively monitors suppliers for compliance. Our brands are participating members of the Fair Labor Association, a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations to improve working conditions in factories around the world.
The 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the Act), which becomes effective January 1, 2012, requires companies such as SanMar to disclose our efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain. Our Global Operating Principles - a set of principles based on labor standards of the International Labor Organization covers forced labor, child labor, harassment or abuse, discrimination, wages, freedom of association, among others covering risks associated with trafficking and slavery of workers.
Our third-party verification of our Global Operating Principles is rigorous and certain factories are also independently monitored by the Fair Labor Association (FLA). We are proud of our affiliation with the FLA and continue to work with them and other socially responsible apparel companies to evaluate and develop improved and comprehensive human rights policies, supplier monitoring and training programs, worker hotline channels, and other best practices aimed at ensuring full compliance throughout the supply chain of our private label products.
SanMar works within the guidelines of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, including sharing of General Conformity Certificates for all products imported to the U.S. In addition to adherence to our own Restricted Substances List, we maintain a Restricted Substances List similar to that developed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and all SanMar apparel products meet all applicable U.S. legal requirements.
SanMar has many successful initiatives aimed at minimizing our impact on the environment. These include programs to conserve paper, packaging and energy, and promote recycling. We are also pleased to employ over 230 employees through at-home programs, removing hundreds of cars from roadways.
SanMar feels strongly about investing and participating in community events and programs, especially those in communities where our employees and customers live. Among other initiatives, we routinely hold and support charitable events within our facilities and provide our employees a charitable match program to support their own work within the community. A Customer Merchandise Donation Fund also supports our customers and their charitable efforts.