Qualcomm is committed to respecting human rights across our value chain and to treating every employee with dignity and respect. To learn more, read our Human Rights Statement.
We’re committed to respecting human rights and avoiding complicity in any human rights abuse throughout our Company, operations, supply chain, and communities. Our efforts are informed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principles, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
We also address respect for human rights through our membership in the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). Qualcomm has adopted the RBA Code of Conduct in our own operations and as our Supplier Code of Conduct.
We comply with applicable labor laws, including wage and hour laws, and we support our business partners who do the same.
We prohibit the use of child labor in our operations or in any stage of our product manufacture at our manufacturing suppliers’ facilities, although legitimate workplace apprenticeship or intern programs that comply with all laws and regulations are permitted and supported.
We prohibit forced, bonded (included debt bondage) or indentured labor, involuntary or exploitative prison labor, nor will we condone such practices.
We recognize that employees have the right to associate freely, join labor unions, collectively bargain under local law, seek representation, and join workers’ councils in accordance with local laws.
We work with our suppliers to ensure responsible sourcing of certain metals present in our products, especially those metals from the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries.
We require our semiconductor suppliers to acknowledge and implement the Qualcomm Supplier Code of Conduct. The Code provides clarity with regards to labor, health and safety, environmental, ethics, and management expectations of our suppliers.
As part of our 2030 Vision, we seek to ensure that respect for human rights is integrated into all key business decisions. We are committed to respecting human rights throughout our Company, our operations, and our business relationships, including our subsidiaries, partners, customers, and supply chain.
At Qualcomm, we maintain a cross-functional team, our Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), that strengthens our management of human rights risks. The group is composed of representatives from legal; procurement; corporate responsibility; government affairs; environmental, health and safety; diversity and inclusion; supply chain; ethics and compliance; and privacy and security. The HRWG is responsible for implementing, improving, and continuously supporting our adherence to our human rights practices, as well as, engaging and working with external stakeholders on our human rights program and approach. Part of our greater corporate responsibility governance structure, the HRWG reports to senior management and the Board of Directors regularly. For more information see section on Governance Structure.
As part of our human right’s due diligence efforts, we conduct regular human rights impact assessments, including company-wide and at the market level. We also conduct regular materiality assessments to identify and prioritize relevant corporate responsibility issues, including human rights. Through these assessments, we have identified the following salient human rights risks: working conditions in our supply chain, equal opportunity and pay, and product misuse.
Our efforts to prevent, mitigate and remediate our human rights risks and impacts include annual assessments of our own operations in accordance with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), engaging with suppliers to ensure conformance with our expectations, annual risk-based onsite audits, and participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives.
We require all our top suppliers to complete the RBA SAQ, which includes human rights risks such as working hours, child labor, freedom of association and more, annually. All our top suppliers comply with this requirement and all have low risk manufacturing facilities according to the SAQ. In addition, we ensure the majority of our top suppliers have completed an RBA Validated Assessment Process (VAP) in the last two years. For more information on our supply chain management, see Responsible Product Design and Environmental Responsibility.
Qualcomm’s respect for human rights compelled us to become a signatory of the UNGC. The Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anticorruption. We are committed to making the Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations of our company and to engaging in collaborative projects that advance the broader development goals of the United Nations.