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March 15


The other night, on a mission to tidy up my apartment, I went through a plastic tub of miscellaneous items I’d pushed back into the deepest corner of my storage space. In it, I found a scrapbook of early school memories: various papers collected from grade school, cards from relatives, photos and crayon drawings. But the one artifact that stuck out was a bright yellow piece of paper that listed me and my classmate’s dream jobs.


I wanted to be a famous singer, as did a handful of others. A few veterinarians were tossed in the mix. Of course, there were the professional football and basketball players, the police officers, the astronauts…


“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question that has been asked of children for decades. Choosing a career path can be daunting. As our interests grow and change, our ideas about our professional future adapt accordingly, and what we dreamt of doing when we were young might eventually seem like a kid’s play-fantasy. The earlier we learn that we have options and what those options are, the better prepared we will be. That’s where career fairs come in.


Wednesday morning, I went with Jessie Carothers, McCormick’s Lab Manager, to the West Platte Career Day. Students in grades seven to 10 had the opportunity to listen to several presentations over various career paths, including the U.S. EPA, city administration, public safety, interior design, architecture, mechanical engineering, aviation, informational technology, and health sciences.


We presented in the cafeteria alongside two pilots and a flight attendant. Our discussion blended science and marketing. First, Jesse described the scientific process of mixing flavors to create a Mango Coconut Creamsicle Flavored Water. She illustrated the process step-by-step, offering samples. First, students tasted the sugar water base, then the coconut cream, and then the final flavor combination.



During the second half of the presentation, I asked the students to help me create an advertisement for the flavored water. We talked about the relationship between visual art and text, the importance of understanding your audience, and the different types of career paths for creative-thinkers and writers.




All in all, it was a fun and productive day! The kids engaged with the material and asked lots of questions. Plus, after it was all said and done, one of the pilots gave us our wings:


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The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) (“Act”) seeks the elimination of slavery and human trafficking from product supply chains and requires that large companies who do business in California disclose their efforts toward the elimination of slavery and human trafficking. The information below relates to our efforts to comply with the Act.

1.) The vast majority of our suppliers are located in North America, principally in the United States, and in the European Union. To the best of our knowledge and belief, no supplier to our company, whether located within or without the United States, has ever been accused of engaging in forced labor or human trafficking.

2.) We reserve the right to audit our suppliers’ operations to ensure compliance with the Act. Currently, audits are not regularly performed by the company or an independent third party.

3.) Our purchase orders and supplier contracts will now contain an express representation that each supplier will comply fully with all applicable laws prohibiting human trafficking and slavery and that any violation of such laws is cause for immediate termination of our contracts and orders. We will terminate our contract with any supplier found to be in violation with our policy on human trafficking and slavery.

4.) To further our efforts to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from our supply chain, we have now asked suppliers to return a signed statement to us acknowledging that they support the elimination of forced labor and human trafficking.

5.) Our Employee Code of Conduct requires that company personnel try to ensure we work only with reputable suppliers. Employees annually affirm their compliance with our Employee Code of Conduct, but we have no formal training related to the issue.

Our Commitment
The United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 require companies to disclose their efforts to mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in their supply chain. Modern slavery and human trafficking are the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labor or anyone held in slavery or servitude. As a responsible corporate citizen, McCormick Distilling Co., Inc. is committed to actions that will mitigate the risk of modern slavery in our business. In addition, we expect our vendors, suppliers, and contractors to have the same commitment.

Our Controls
McCormick Distilling Co., Inc. is committed to implementing and enforcing controls to prevent modern slavery in our business and in our supply chain. We have regular contact with our vendors, suppliers and contractors. Our contracts with vendors, suppliers and contractors require compliance with all applicable laws. If necessary, we will engage with third parties to assist us in evaluating our supply chain. Any concerns relating to noncompliance with this statement are investigated promptly and appropriate actions will be taken based on the findings of the investigation.

Our Training
We support our commitment and controls by providing training to our employees. The training is designed to create awareness around the problem of modern slavery and to help employees identify the sign of modern slavery in our supply chain.