Our Sustainability Strategy

Simply put, sustainability is part of everything we do. From our daily operations to our stakeholder engagements, our commitment to sustainability allows us to set goals that go beyond the bottom line.

Our sustainability mission.

At Qualcomm, we define sustainability as a strategy that drives long-term growth and profitability by including environmental, social and corporate governance issues in our business decisions as they relate to our key spheres of influence: our workplace, our supply chain, local communities, our industry and the public policy realm. Our Sustainability Policy articulates our sustainability mission and overarching commitments to innovate responsibly.

  • Develop technology that positively transforms the world

  • Operate with the highest ethical standards

  • Be a great place to work

  • Be good corporate citizens wherever we do business

  • Continue to drive value to our stakeholders

Our 2030 Sustainability Vision.

Our 2030 Sustainability Vision is our roadmap to inform big-picture thinking on sustainability issues that are most important to our Company, and it will help us identify where we can collaborate with key stakeholders to create sustainability solutions. Our 2030 Sustainability Vision helps us identify what success looks like for each of our priority areas:

Our 2020 Sustainability Goals.

Our newly adopted 2020 sustainability goals are the milestones that will enable us to focus on key outcomes and stay on track to achieve our 2030 Sustainability Vision. Highlights of our progress toward each of these goals, as well as our performance metrics, are available in our annual sustainability report and in each of our priority areas.

  • By 2020, we will have a comprehensive understanding of:

    • The sustainability impacts and opportunities arising from the application of our technology.

    • The sustainability impacts in our supply chain.

    • Our human rights impacts and opportunities.

    • Our carbon and water footprints across our value chain.

  • By 2020, our comprehensive programs for recruiting, retaining and promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce will result in increased representation of women and under represented minorities across our workforce including technical and business leadership roles.

  • By 2020, we will enhance and expand the talent pipeline in the technology industry by engaging students and other key stakeholders in our scalable STEM education initiatives.

  • By 2020, our ethics and compliance standards will continue to be fully integrated into our global business operations where we have a controlling interest.

  • By 2020, key stakeholders will have a thorough understanding of our sustainability programs and priorities.

Our sustainability governance.

Who’s responsible for sustainability at Qualcomm? Everyone. We’ve integrated sustainability throughout our Company, from our daily operations to our executive leadership and our Board of Directors. Our QSR governance structure exists to facilitate accountability, transparency and the ongoing improvement of our programs.


Our QSR Leadership Committee provides guidance on global sustainability issues that are most important to Qualcomm and our key stakeholders so that sustainability remains a central component of our business strategy. Composed of executives and senior management from across the Company, including human resources, legal, government affairs, supply chain, investor relations and finance, this Committee reports annually on our sustainability policies, programs and performance to the Governance Committee of our Board of Directors.


Our sustainability committees implement directives from our QSR Leadership Committee into companywide programs and measure progress on achieving our sustainability goals, as well as share updates on any accomplishments and challenges regarding our sustainability initiatives. These subcommittees include subject matter experts from across our Company.

Our stakeholder engagement.

Conversations with our key stakeholders are essential to assuring that our sustainability strategy aligns with the current needs of our business and meets the expectations of the people, organizations and communities that have an interest in our Company. These include our employees, investors, customers, suppliers, government officials and representatives of nonprofit organizations, among others.

Ongoing, transparent communications

We consistently seek ways to better communicate with stakeholders and obtain their feedback on a variety of sustainability-related topics. Some examples of how we engage:

  • We meet regularly with policymakers globally to discuss relevant public policy issues and engage with numerous public policy organizations.

  • We work with investors and research firms to continue enhancing our openness, transparency and accountability in a timely manner.

  • We disclose important sustainability information, including our political contributions and data on our greenhouse gas emissions.

  • We participate in cross-industry forums to help us identify, adopt and further develop best practices in sustainability.

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