For TI, protecting human rights is the responsible and ethical thing to do.
This protection affords the dignity, freedom, respect and acceptance that each of us deserve. We work diligently to treat our employees fairly and ethically, and we encourage our suppliers treat their own workers with respect and dignity as well.
We are also committed to enhancing the quality of life in the areas where we operate. To our knowledge, our operations do not have a negative impact on the rights of employees or contractors in local communities.
Our leaders support maintaining a respectful and dignified workplace, and the Audit Committee of our board of directors oversees related efforts. Each quarter, our ethics director updates committee members on ethics- and human rights-related issues.
We have several operating procedures in place to safeguard the rights of employees, suppliers and contractors, including labor standards, training and awareness-building practices, freedom to associate and incident reporting tools.
We have an unwavering pledge to uphold human rights, comply with labor laws, and provide an ethical and safe environment at all of our operations, regardless of location.
Our business practices statement includes, but is not limited to:
In the U.S., our equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, disability, genetic information, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, marital status or veteran status. Worldwide, we comply with local laws and do not discriminate. This is also stated in our "Values and Ethics of TI" booklet, which applies to all employees globally.
All of our sites are required to build awareness of human rights among employees, identify risks, and put processes in place to manage them. We expect our entire workforce to continually monitor and report potential issues to management, human resources or our ethics office, and to abide by our values.
Any individual's noncompliance with our standards and related labor laws is not tolerated and will result in corrective action, including termination. Site human resources and legal personnel monitor and enforce appropriate behavior.
We provide training modules related to human rights, ethics and compliance to help managers, security personnel and employees worldwide – including those in higher-risk countries where we operate. This training helps create and maintain a respectful, humane and nondiscriminatory workplace. Training programs cover topics such as cross-cultural awareness, bullying, security and human rights risks.
The TI Diversity Network provides another comprehensive resource through which we can initiate open and constructive dialogue on issues, myths and perceptions of various cultures.
Employees at any global operation have the freedom to associate with and/or the right to collective bargaining as provided by local statute. To convey workplace concerns and improvement opportunities, employees have multiple channels to contact internal authorities. We also periodically conduct global employee surveys and roundtable discussions during on-site visits to better understand site-specific work climates.
Our company makes it easy and safe for employees to anonymously report allegations of human rights abuse, discrimination or other complaints through their direct supervisor, human resources, TI's ethics director, or by calling our ethics line at 800-33-ETHIC. When we learn of employee concerns, we immediately evaluate the situation and work to address it. We also provide additional toll-free help lines in some non-U.S. locations.