Sourcing Responsibly

ETHICAL SOURCING

We owe it to our customers, associates and communities to further the collective commitment to human rights, safety and environmentally sound practices through ethical sourcing. We engage our suppliers in this commitment by purchasing products made in factories that adhere to our Responsible Sourcing Standards, which mandate that suppliers and factories abide by all applicable international and local laws, rules and regulations in the manufacturing and distribution of merchandise or services provided to us. We conduct audits around the world to ensure compliance with these standards. In 2019, we conducted 1,354 factory audits and 1,690 follow-up visits to factories.

The Home Depot also expects all suppliers that manufacture our products to provide appropriate information and conduct due diligence to enable our compliance with conflict minerals laws. As outlined in our corporate policy, we expect these manufacturers to obtain products and materials from suppliers that are not involved in funding conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining covered countries. We partner with our private-brand and proprietary product suppliers whose products contain tin, tungsten, tantalum or gold (referred to as 3TG) to identify the source of any of these minerals in the supply chain.

SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY

As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, we have the ability to effect change by doing the right thing. To help protect endangered forests and to ensure that there will be timber for future generations,
The Home Depot first issued our Wood Purchasing Policy
in 1999. Since then we have successfully led our suppliers toward understanding and practicing sustainable forestry throughout the world. The policy outlines our commitment to practice and promote the efficient and responsible use of wood and wood products originating from certified, well-managed forests.

+DID YOU KNOW? Most of The Home Depot’s wood product purchases originate from North American forests, some of the most sustainable forests in the world.

SUPPLY CHAIN

By making our supply chain more efficient, we reduce business costs and the impact that our product distribution has on the environment. Our progress is driven by entrepreneurial ideas and innovation.

We’re employing predictive analytics to improve forecasting, using data from sales, consumer trends, weather patterns, supply chain disruptors (like COVID-19) and more. We’re shifting management of some product distribution from our suppliers to our own supply chain associates, gaining greater end-to-end visibility, control over transportation modes and efficiencies that reduce miles and emissions. 

Discover some ways The Home Depot improved our supply chain in 2019:

• More than 300 hydrogen fuel cells provided emissions-free fuel for forklifts at our facilities in Troy Township, Ohio, and Savannah, Georgia, reducing energy use by nearly 4 million kilowatt hours.

• Predictive analytics enabled us to shave 13% off the time it takes to move goods from distribution centers to stores, decreasing truck emissions.

• Applying advanced analytics to inventory calculations decreased product storage time by 1.2 days, even as customer demand grew. That reduced our facilities’ energy consumption and emissions.

• By optimizing how we loaded products into trailers, we maximized loads — avoiding emissions from about 10,500 trucks traveling 15 million miles.