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Qualcomm Joins the United Nations Global Compact

As Bjorn Ulvaeus once said, “Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being.”

Jun 25, 2013

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As Bjorn Ulvaeus once said, “Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being.”

Here at Qualcomm, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why we are pleased to announce that Qualcomm has joined more than 10,000 business representatives and other stakeholders from more than 145 countries in becoming a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

The UNGC is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. We are committed to making the Global 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, particularly the Millennium Development Goals.

In fact, Qualcomm has been contributing to this space for some time now. Our Wireless Reach™ program is working to close the digital divide in underserved communities in more than 30 countries. In 2012, Wireless Reach began projects that specifically target the following UN Millennium Development Goals: universal education, gender equality, and child and maternal health. Moving forward, we will continue to support the UN Millennium Development Goals and help local governments reach their Information and Communications Technology and universal service goals.

Partnership is one of our core values, and working with other companies in multi-industry groups provides us with an opportunity to share best practices and discuss challenges in developing companywide solutions to address human rights concerns. This has been true of our work as an applicant member in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and a participant in BSR’s Human Rights Working Group; we believe the UNGC will also help us to advance our work in this area.

But just because we’ve been involved in advancing these principles in the past doesn’t mean we’re not committed to innovating in this space in the future. We believe that lasting success is built on integrity, and across our Company, we make it clear that we are committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in everything we do. Human rights issues are addressed in The Qualcomm Way: Our Code of Business Conductand are included in our global code of conduct training.

We are excited about our participation in the UNGC and its contributions to collaborative solutions to the most fundamental challenges facing both business and society (dolphins not included [yet?]). Please stay tuned for further updates on our progress in this realm.

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Elisabeth Best

Sustainability and Wireless Reach Program Manager

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