Results | Looking ahead
Our people are TI's most important asset, and it's our respectful, ethical and humane treatment of all employees that earns us the social license to operate.
In 2013, we underscored this commitment by choosing to use the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition's (EICC) Code of Conduct, which requires both TI and its suppliers to uphold the human rights of our employees and contractors. The code has guidelines on child labor, forced labor, working hours, wages and benefits, humane treatment, nondiscrimination, and freedom of association. It supplements TI's own Code of Business Conduct and The Values and Ethics of TI booklet.
Also during the year, we:
- Reviewed practices relating to consecutive hours worked, and revised practices in some locations to meet EICC guidelines where the guidelines are more restrictive than local laws.
- Trained employees on human rights standards and audited two TI factories against these and other social and environmental standards. We found opportunities for improvement, but no major nonconformances.
- Visited more than 25 TI locations to review human rights policies, reporting processes and training needs. During these visits, we conducted round tables and town hall meetings with employees to discuss ethics and values.
- Continued to comply with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which requires companies to report efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. We continuously assess global labor risks and monitor supplier performance to ensure ongoing compliance.
- Completed more than 120,000 employee training modules related to human rights, ethics and compliance, as well as human rights training for security personnel and contractors.
In 2013, we were not aware of any incident at our sites globally related to:
- Human rights abuses involving indigenous people.
- Forced or compulsory labor, or child labor.
- Violations of freedom of association and collective bargaining.
In 2014, we plan to:
- Engage our fabrication sites and suppliers to discuss and review their social responsibility and human rights standards and performance.
- Encourage our labor suppliers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to attend specialized training specific to foreign and migrant workers and the risks of forced labor and debt bondage.
- Conduct two on-site audits of TI factories using third-party independent auditors.
- Distribute updated EICC self-assessment questionnaires to our fabrication sites and suppliers.
- Continue training employees and suppliers on protocols relating to human rights.