Ethics

Ethics is foundational at TI – the starting place for every decision our employees make every day. Our core values of integrity, innovation and commitment define how we evaluate our decisions and actions and how we conduct our business. These values have been at the heart of who we are and how we’ve behaved for decades, dating back to our founders and their vision for the company at its inception in 1930.

In our business, trust matters. A reputation for integrity is our most effective marketing tool. Our employees, customers, and other individuals and groups that we work with choose TI not only for our technology, but because we treat them with respect, deal with them fairly and deliver on our commitments.

Governance

Ethical responsibility is led and supported by our Chairman, President and CEO Rich Templeton, and, since it’s part of our culture and DNA, it’s regularly discussed by leaders at every level in the company. All leaders are held accountable for compliance across the company. Each year, our chief compliance officer and ethics director present performance results to the Audit Committee of TI’s board of directors, our internal Ethics and Compliance Committee and to all top leadership teams across TI.

Management strategies

Our robust management strategies are set by TI's leadership and include the TI Code of Conduct, extensive training and communication, policies, standards and controls, routine investigations and audits, risk assessments and action plans.

We published our first ethics brochure, signed by our CEO, in 1961. Today, TI’s Code of Conduct and core values guide our culture and practices. Our code is available in eight languages and is used to promote honest and ethical conduct, deter wrongdoing and drive compliance with laws and regulations. TI subscribes to select other guidelines for corporate environmental, social and governance practices, but does not advocate one set of standards over another. For more, see voluntary standards.

Our employees, managers and leaders are given the training and tools to help them make the right decisions about how they should conduct themselves and their businesses. Every employee must take training on ethics, compliance, core values, environmental safety and health, confidential information protection, information technology security and avoiding workplace harassment.

In addition:

  • Specific employee groups also complete training on fraud prevention, export compliance, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, global competition law and the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) code.
  • Select employees and security staff are trained on human rights topics.
  • We conduct compliance area self-assessments, deep dives and peer company reviews to guide and align our risk assessment with training requirements and frequency.
  • We engage our top managers on ethics and provide tools for them to promote ethics and compliance within their respective organizations. We address ethics at roundtables and in team and one-on-one meetings.

Our web-accessible Ethics Quick Test, a set of questions and statements, is a tool to assist employees in identifying almost any ethical problem:

  • Is the action legal?
  • Does it comply with our values?
  • If you do it, will you feel bad?
  • How will it look in a news story?
  • If you know it’s wrong, don’t do it!
  • If you’re not sure, ask.
  • Keep asking until you get an answer.

Reporting

Employees have access to a variety of mechanisms to report concerns, including the option to do so anonymously. We offer 12 channels for employees, suppliers and other stakeholders to contact the TI Ethics Office without fear of retaliation or breach of confidence. TI’s Ethics Office is responsive to reports and requests, and supports employees toward achieving expedient and appropriate resolutions. In addition, we post our core values and Ethics Office contact information in every conference room and break area around TI to help address employee questions and concerns.

Anticorruption

We assess 100 percent of our worldwide manufacturing operations for risks related to corruption. Although recorded for internal review and action, we currently do not report corruption incidents publicly since we consider such information confidential. We work to successfully resolve any incidents related to corruption. For more information on how we mitigate bribery and corruption, click here.

Anticompetition

As stated in our Code of Conduct, we compete fairly. We respect all regulations and laws that govern fair trade and advertising. We do not collude or collaborate with competitors to divide markets, fix prices, restrict production or allocate customers. Additionally, we train a select group of employees on global competition law.

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