KnowTheChain - ICT company disclosure

 

KnowTheChain - a partnership between Humanity United, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics, Thomson Reuters Foundation and Verite - benchmarks companies on their actions to address forced labour in their supply chains. 

The first information and communications technology (ICT) sector benchmark has been released in June 2016, followed by the food and beverage sector benchmark in October 2016, and the apparel and footwear sector benchmark in December 2016.

In 2018, KnowTheChain will publish the second round of the benchmarks.

Company engagement and disclosure

In 2016, KnowTheChain benchmarked 20 ICT companies. Ahead of benchmark publication, we had invited companies to respond to a set of engagement questions that correspond to the benchmark methodology

In 2018, we will benchmark 40 ICT companies. To reduce the reporting burden for companies, ahead of the 2018 benchmarks, we asked companies to respond to 2-3 questions to point us in the direction of relevant disclosure. 

Company responses to the questions are made publicly available below.

Company name

2016 Disclosure

2018 Disclosure

Amazon (United States)

[Not included]

No response

Amphenol Corporation (United States)

[Not included]

Responded

Analog Devices (United States)

[Not included]

Responded

Apple (United States)*

Sent link to this webpage

Sent link to this webpage

Applied Materials (United States)

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

ASML Holding (Netherlands)

No response

Responded and provided additional disclosure

BOE Technology Group (China)

No response

No response

Broadcom (United States)

No response

No response

Canon (Japan)

Sent link to this webpage

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Cisco Systems (United States)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Corning Incorporated (United States)

[Not included]

No response

Ericsson (Sweden)

Responded

Responded

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (United States)

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

Hitachi (Japan)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (Foxconn) (Taiwan)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

HOYA Corporation (Japan)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

HP (United States)*

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further information

Infineon Technologies (Germany)

[Not included]

Sent link to this page

Intel (United States)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further disclosure

International Business Machines (IBM) (United States)

No response

[Not included]

Keyence (Japan)

No response

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Kyocera Corporation (Japan)

[Not included]

No response

Lam Research Corporation (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Largan Precision (Taiwan)

[Not included]

No response

Microchip Technology (United States)

[Not included]

No response

Micron Technology (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and additionally disclosed excerpts from its upcoming Sustainability Report, and it's Purchase Order Terms & Conditions

Microsoft (United States)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Murata Manufacturing (Japan)

Responded

Responded, published a statement under the UK Modern Slavery Act, and provided additional disclosure

Nintendo (Japan)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Nokia (Finland)

[Not included]

Responded

NVIDIA Corporation (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands)

[Not included]

Responded

Qualcomm (United States)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure, as well as further information

Samsung Electronics (South Korea)*

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

SK Hynix (South Korea)

No response

No response

Skyworks Solutions (United States)

[Not included]

Responded

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TMSC) (Taiwan)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

TE Connectivity (Switzerland)

[Not included]

Sent links to website, corporate responsibility report, and supply chain webpage; sent additional disclosure and further information

Texas Instruments (United States)

No response

No response

Tokyo Electron (Japan)

[Not included]

No response

Western Digital (United States)

[Not included]

Sent link to compliance statement for UK Modern Slavery Act and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

* Note the 2016 KnowTheChain ICT benchmark includes information published as of April 2016. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example: 

Human rights impacts (note the following information is not included in the benchmark analysis): In addition to providing companies' responses to the disclosure questions, we also provide for users’ reference a link to the company section on Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s website. These company sections include news and reports about the company’s human rights impacts around the world, covering positive actions and instances of alleged misconduct as well as company responses to incidents (where they provided one). Please click on the company names listed on the left hand side under "Related companies". For further details on our model of change  see here. 

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