Human Rights and Fair Labor Practices
We have high expectations that our suppliers will act in a way that is consistent with our culture and values. Our expectations of our suppliers include alignment with our:
- Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and our Anti-Human Trafficking & Slavery Statement.
- Supplier Code of Conduct, which prohibits the use of forced, bonded and indentured labor and involuntary prison labor.
- Supplier Responsible Labor Policy, which sets forth the standards we expect our suppliers to uphold to ensure that their working conditions are safe and that workers are treated with dignity and respect.
As stated in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics policy, we have zero tolerance for human trafficking and slavery. To underpin our current practices, which are based on the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, we also have a Global Human Rights Policy. To ensure that our suppliers are acting in a manner consistent with our values and standards, we have expanded our outreach and engagement on our Supplier Code of Conduct and, in 2020, we published a new Supplier Responsible Labor Policy which sets forth the standards we expect our supply chain to uphold. After mapping our supply chain, we have begun engaging with our most at-risk Tier 1 Direct suppliers through an awareness campaign to ensure they are adhering to our standards.
We are a member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate responsibility in global supply chains. We continue to actively monitor the RBA’s Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI), a multi-industry, multi-stakeholder initiative focused on ensuring that the rights of global supply chain workers who may be vulnerable to forced labor are consistently respected and promoted. We continue to evaluate the guidance and tools provided by the RLI’s Responsible Workplace Program, Responsible Recruitment Program and Supplemental Validated Audit Process (SVAP) to determine which tools may be the most effective in our efforts to help break the cycle of labor exploitation. Amphenol has a “no fees” recruitment policy already in place covering our own operations and in 2020, we expanded this requirement on fees to include our Tier 1 Direct suppliers.
Sustainable Supply Chain
Conflict and Responsible Minerals
Amphenol seeks to go beyond local and customer requirements in our efforts to be a good corporate steward. We are a member of the RBA’s Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), which seeks to promote the common goal of understanding and contributing to mitigating the salient social and environmental impacts of extraction and processing of raw materials in supply chains. In addition, in accordance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals requirements, we have a comprehensive conflict minerals program which ensures that we do not knowingly use tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold (3TG) that may originate from sources that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups through mining or mineral trading in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. On an annual basis, we actively survey our supply chain regarding the origin of the 3TG used in our products to confirm that the appropriate reasonable country of origin inquiry (RCOI) and due diligence has been performed, as detailed in our latest Conflict Minerals Report. In 2020, we enhanced our responsible minerals program by increasing our outreach beyond 3TG to engage our supply chain in the responsible sourcing of cobalt.
Amphenol follows the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, to develop appropriate assessment frameworks and management systems for establishing RCOI processes and due diligence. While our European operations are below the European Union (EU) Conflict Minerals Regulation thresholds for reporting, we annually assess our status and continue to support our customers who fall under these regulations. As detailed in our Responsible Minerals Policy, we recognize that supply chain transparency and collaborative efforts within the industry are imperative for promoting responsible minerals mining in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRA) and we support the goal of eradicating human rights violations and environmental impacts associated with the extraction of certain minerals.