Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

Ethical Employment

Treating our employees with fairness and integrity

Our credibility, compliance with applicable laws and ability to recruit top-notch talent all depend on our conduct as an employer. We adhere to the highest standards of decency and fairness in our operations around the world.

An unequivocal commitment to human rights

We seek to uphold the human rights of our employees. Forced, bonded or indentured labor is prohibited, and our employees are always free to leave our employment with reasonable notice. We also prohibit the use of child labor, although we permit and support legitimate workplace apprenticeship or intern programs which comply with all laws and regulations. We respect the rights of employees to associate freely, join or not join labor unions, collectively bargain under local law, seek representation and join workers’ councils in accordance with local laws.

We have reviewed our operations to identify those that are at significant risk for incidents of child labor and forced or compulsory labor, or where the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at significant risk. Because we rely on suppliers for nearly all of our manufacturing, we generally do not encounter issues with child labor or forced labor in our direct operations. QCT, our largest business unit and the part of our business most dependent on outside suppliers, works with suppliers to make sure they meet our standards for human rights.

Qualcomm has never been found to have unlawfully discriminated against any of our employees, nor have we been found in violation of the rights of indigenous people.

In our direct operations, we are unaware of any operation in which:

  • the right to exercise freedom of association or collective bargaining is at significant risk;
  • there is a significant risk for incidents of child labor; or
  • there is a significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor.

Human rights issues are addressed in The Qualcomm Way: Our Code of Business Conduct and are included in the code of conduct training we launched worldwide in 2011. One hundred percent of our employees are required to acknowledge reading The Qualcomm Way: Our Code of Business Conduct, and 100 percent of our security personnel are trained in our policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations.

In 2012, Qualcomm joined BSR’s Human Rights Working Group to further augment our human rights efforts. Working with other corporate stakeholders in this multi-industry group provides us with an opportunity to share best practices and challenges in developing companywide solutions to address human rights.

Ahead of our industry in employee retention

To help retain employees as their goals and interests change, our Internal Opportunity System provides professional and career development opportunities within Qualcomm and gives current employees priority for new positions.

“A work environment where people are focused, energized, incented and supported to do their best, as well as a leader who is innovative with the highest integrity.”

employee comment from our 2012 Climate Survey

2012 Qualcomm Employee Voluntary Turnover Rates
Qualcomm Employee Voluntary Turnover Rates

*Source: Radford
**Source: Radford. Average for companies over 5,000 employees.

Our compensation program

Our compensation program has five primary objectives:

  • Align the interests of our employees and long-term stockholders
  • Pay for performance
  • Deliver pay that is competitively reasonable and appropriate for our business needs and circumstances
  • Reflect high standards for corporate governance and compensation-related risk management
  • Be tax efficient for the Company

These objectives are applicable not only to the compensation programs for our named executive officers but they also apply to the compensation programs for all our employees, including vice presidents and above. Although social and environmental performance is not specifically identified among our objectives, it is inherent because responsible social and environmental practices align with the interests of our stockholders.

Offering competitive wages and benefits

For all jobs at Qualcomm, we pay a standard entry-level wage that is higher than the local minimum wage. Our benefits package for regular full-time employees is competitive and comprehensive. It includes medical, dental and prescription drug benefits, among others. In all locations where legally permitted, we prorate various full-time employee benefits according to standard work hours for part-time employees.

Collective bargaining agreements and trade unions

None of our U.S. employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements. Outside the United States, less than 3 percent of our employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements. We are compliant with all collective agreements regarding significant operational changes as required by country laws and regulations. Qualcomm does not have formal agreements with trade unions.

Total Rewards: A fair and formal review process

Our Total Rewards review cycle allows for performance and development reviews twice a year. Eighty percent of our employees receive regular formal performance and career development reviews with the opportunity to provide feedback to management.

Parity in pay for men and women

We regularly review and evaluate our compensation practices to ensure that they are based upon business needs and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, national origin or other bases prohibited by applicable law.