Human Rights the Qualcomm Way

Jun 16, 2022 11:00 AM ET
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Our Company has long been strongly committed to respecting human rights throughout our value chain. This commitment is articulated in The Qualcomm Way: Our Code of Business Conduct, our Supplier Code of Conduct and our Human Rights Statement. We believe human rights are fundamental rights, freedoms and standards of treatment to which all workers are entitled, including without limitation, women, temporary, migrant, student, contract and direct employees.

As part of our human rights due diligence efforts, we regularly conduct human rights impact assessments, both for our operations as a whole and at the market level. These assessments help us identify our salient human rights issues – those human rights at potential risk of negative impact through our Company activities and business relationships. We also require all employees to complete training and certification on The Qualcomm Way: Our Code of Business Conduct, including the subsection on human rights.

Because we primarily rely on third parties to perform the manufacturing, assembly and most of the testing of our integrated circuits, we do not generally encounter issues with child labor, forced labor or human trafficking in our direct operations. Indirect salient human rights risks exist primarily in our supply chains and with local community members. Although we may not have direct control over or causal relationships with these risks, we are committed to raising awareness of our expectations and working toward mitigating any potential link or contribution to these risks. Because of our reliance on suppliers, our Company has placed emphasis on and taken specific steps to prevent human rights abuses in our supply chain through our engagement with the RBA.

Qualcomm’s internal Human Rights Working Group focuses on strengthening our management of human rights risks. This cross-functional team includes representatives from departments including Legal, Procurement, Corporate Responsibility, Government Affairs, Environment, Health and Safety, Security, Inclusion and Diversity, Supply Chain, Ethics and Compliance, Privacy and Cybersecurity. The working group is responsible for implementing, improving and supporting our adherence to our human rights practices and for engaging external stakeholders on our human rights approach.

Learn more in Qualcomm's 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report