Standards and expectations
TI standards | Expectations of our suppliers | Supplier environmental and social responsibility policy
TI's chief financial officer strictly governs and oversees worldwide procurement. In addition, our stringent policies and procedures dictate who has the authority to make purchasing commitments on the company's behalf.
We engage and train suppliers to help them understand and adhere to our standards, policies and expectations, which primarily include:
Expectations of our suppliers
TI expects excellence, and we encourage our suppliers to achieve and maintain benchmark levels of performance. We designed our supplier contracts to:
Additionally, suppliers that provide products to TI containing conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) should establish a policy that ensures that they source only from legitimate mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and that they do not use vendors that support or are involved with the humanitarian conflict in that region.
- Ensure accountability.
- Drive continuous improvement.
- Encourage high labor, environmental, social responsibility, ethical, legal and moral standards.
Supplier environmental and social responsibility policy
TI expects suppliers to demonstrate their commitment by adhering to the following requirements:
- Establish an environmental, safety and health (ESH) policy that is approved by the board of directors, the chief executive officer or equivalent management.
- Implement a process or system to identify all applicable ESH laws, regulations, rules, ordinances, permits, licenses, approvals, orders, standards, and relevant customer requirements and ensure compliance with them.
- Implement a process or system to determine and control significant ESH impacts and risks, and demonstrate continual improvement and conservation of natural resources.
- Implement a process or system to identify potentially hazardous situations and minimize their impact by maintaining and implementing effective emergency response plans.
- Comply with TI's Control Chemicals and Materials Specification (EDGE 6453792) and with any applicable laws and regulations prohibiting or restricting the use or handling of specific substances. Suppliers should also disclose all chemical and material analytics to TI to help achieve regulatory compliance and meet TI and customer demands for such information.
- Implement a process or system to address accident prevention and make efforts to reduce their injury/illness rate and report results to TI on an annual basis. The injury/illness rate should be less than half of the supplier's industry rate over the previous 12-month period.
- Establish an ethics policy or a code of conduct similar to the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct or the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Code of Business Conduct and train employees on their company's policy.
- Adhere to all applicable labor and anti-corruption laws, rules, and regulations and establish a policy or standard forbidding the payment/acceptance of bribes or kickbacks, human trafficking and slavery, underage labor, and forced or compulsory labor in the supply chain and supplier should cascade this requirement throughout their supply chain.
- Establish a policy that prohibits the use and or support of any entity that uses mineral extraction and transport of conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) to promote conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or surrounding countries. Note: This only applies to Suppliers whose products contain conflict minerals.