October 28, 2013Kevin Caffey
I’m proud to announce that Qualcomm has become a full member of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). While our journey toward sustainability began over 25 years ago, since joining the EICC as an applicant member in September 2012, Qualcomm has taken great strides in enhancing our commitment to environmental and social governance—not only within our own operations, but also throughout our supply chain.
In addition to publicly communicating our endorsement of the EICC Code of Conduct (EICC Code), we have adopted the EICC Code as our Supplier Code of Conduct, meaning we expect our suppliers to act in accordance with the EICC Code. We have also revised the Qualcomm Code of Business Conduct, The Qualcomm Way, to align more closely with the EICC Code.
But our progress over the last year extends beyond our adoption of the EICC Code. For example, we published our 2011-2012 Qualcomm Social Responsibility report, which includes our first formal communication of our sustainability performance goals and progress.
In May of this year, we became a participant in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) (as you may recall from our previous post on the subject). We also developed Qualcomm's Commitment to Human Rights to formalize our commitment to respecting human rights and reaffirm our support for the EICC mission, as well as the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UNGC.
We continue to evolve our Conflict Minerals Program, which includes active participation in the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), supporting the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP), and engaging in the IPC conflict minerals activities. We are a participant in the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade and joined the International Tin Industry’s Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) on conflict minerals to further demonstrate our commitment to improving the working conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries.
We have also taken an in-depth look at one of our industry’s most important issues: water use. We assessed potential long-term water challenges using the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Global Water Tool and the Global Environmental Management Initiative Local Water Tool, and we participated in the 2013 Carbon Disclosure Project surveys for water and energy. We have discussed our goals and expectations with regard to water management with our suppliers, too.
The EICC vision of a global electronics industry supply chain that consistently operates with social, environmental and economic responsibility is consistent with our own, and we are pleased to join our peers in this important endeavor.
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