Our approach: Citizenship strategy

Our commitment to corporate citizenship encompasses six primary areas:

  • Business practices
  • Product stewardship
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Supply chain diligence
  • Employee well-being
  • Community improvement

Directing our Citizenship strategy are two cross-functional groups:

  • The Citizenship Executive Committee (CEC), an executive leadership team comprised of senior company leaders who represent all facets of the company and who meet two or three times a year to:
    • provide direction for overall strategy, including transparency and reporting;
    • review recommendations on opportunities and strategic initiatives prior to the management committee review;
    • consider and approve strategic cross-company citizenship initiatives and required resources to support specific initiatives; and
    • approve Citizenship Stakeholder Team (CST) members, and report section goal owners.
  • The Citizenship Stakeholders Team (CST), a team of senior leaders who are empowered to represent their areas of expertise and who meet monthly to:
    • keep a pulse on current practices, understand trends and identify gaps in company performance;
    • develop recommendations on programs and practices to improve performance;
    • recommend to the CEC actions and plans to address horizon issues, performance gaps and transparency requirements; and
    • stay current on active and horizon issues and review the competitive landscape.

Voluntary standards

We voluntarily subscribe to certain standards that help guide our progress.

A variety of industry and international standards bodies seek to improve environmental, social and governance performance of corporations and other organizations. TI currently subscribes to some of these standards, but does not advocate one set over another.

We believe our operations, rooted in ethics, and our history of innovation and integrity cover the same broad concerns addressed by these evolving codes. Our practices are guided by our own governance documents, which apply to all sites worldwide and evolve based on changing business needs.
The primary external citizenship standards we subscribe to include:
  • The Global Reporting Initiative's reporting framework to measure and report our sustainability progress.
  • We are a full member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), which has a specific code of conduct to ensure worker safety and fairness, environmental responsibility, and business efficiency in the electronics industry.
  • The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System to design and operate efficient and low-impact manufacturing facilities.

Compliance

TI monitors the internal and supplier landscape to ensure compliance.

Every two years, we survey more than 600 top managers and employees who support compliance efforts. The survey includes specific questions related to compliance risks, and the responses are reviewed and analyzed as part of our formal compliance risk assessment.

We conduct internal audits to assure that working processes are in place, as required by the International Organization for Standardization environmental standard 14001 and Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services standard 18001.

We continue to strengthen our compliance position through a Worldwide Product Regulatory Compliance steering team. Members provide ongoing technical support and companywide product-compliance leadership in a variety of key disciplines necessary to develop, monitor, sustain and achieve compliance in wireless/electromagnetic compatibility, product safety, environmental and product stewardship. They also help ensure that products like our evaluation modules and development kits comply with applicable product regulatory compliance regulations and customer safety needs.

Finally, with our suppliers, TI performs targeted risk assessments
. Our evaluations examine their documented labor and ethics practices and programs, as well as environmental management and social responsibility efforts. Suppliers located in countries identified by Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index as high risk are subject to further review, including on-site audits as needed.

Focus areas

We focus our attention on key risk areas that TI is likely to confront in the course of our business activities and the markets in which we operate to help ensure compliance in operations globally. This allows us to tailor our compliance program to our unique risk profile. Our primary risk areas include:

  • Antitrust/competition law
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Discrimination/harassment
  • Employee health and safety
  • Environmental
  • Financial reporting
  • Import/export
  • Insider trading
  • Medical products
  • Military products
  • Political activity
  • Privacy/data protection
  • Product safety
  • Tax
  • Trade secrets