Teaming with suppliers for sustainability systemwide.
Achieving true sustainability requires us to extend our efforts beyond our direct operations to our suppliers. We work particularly closely with the semiconductor foundry and assembly suppliers that manufacture our products. We monitor their processes and materials and continually work to make our products as sustainable as economically and technically possible. Beyond the manufacture of our products, we also work with suppliers to meet our other sustainability expectations: respect for human rights, water conservation and more.
"Qualcomm, as a world leader in wireless communications technologies, has a unique opportunity to help shape supplier sustainability policies. As mobile technologies continue to benefit society in new and often unexpected ways, it is important that companies like ours collaborate with key stakeholders to foster sustainability throughout the supply chain."
— Kevin Caffey, Vice President, Quality and Reliability
Making our expectations clear.
As a member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), we have adopted the EICC Code of Conduct and expect all of our suppliers to act in accordance with this Code. The EICC Code promotes safe working conditions, freely chosen labor, responsible environmental operations and ethical business practices, among other important principles. By employing EICC resources and working collaboratively with our peers, we’re working to improve transparency and sustainability in the global electronics supply chain.
We also require each of our direct semiconductor suppliers to have an ISO14001-certified environmental management system. We work with our semiconductor suppliers at multiple stages of design and manufacturing to ensure compliance with applicable environmental laws and various environmental initiatives.
Respecting human rights.
As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, we are committed to upholding human rights in our own and our suppliers’ operations. We prohibit child labor, human trafficking and forced labor in our operations, and we expect our suppliers to do the same. Read Qualcomm's commitment to human rights.
Find out what we're doing about conflict minerals.
Increasing diversity among our suppliers.
We increase the diversity of our suppliers by reaching out to small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses; businesses owned by women, veterans or people with disabilities; and businesses situated in historically underutilized business zones. Including such suppliers in our supply chain makes us a stronger company. Not only do we benefit from a variety of capabilities and perspectives, we also gain the value of unique, entrepreneurial, customized services that many of these suppliers provide. Contracting with such suppliers also helps support local economies.
These documents and links can help you register your business and learn more about our supplier diversity program:
Questions about Qualcomm supplier diversity? Contact us