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KnowTheChain - ICT company disclosure

 

KnowTheChain - a partnership between Humanity United, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics, and Verité - benchmarks companies in high-risk sectors on their efforts to address forced labour risks in their supply chains. 

In June 2020, KnowTheChain published its third ICT sector benchmark, following benchmarks in 2018 and 2016.

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, KnowTheChain benchmarked 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. In addition, companies were invited to review our initial research findings, and provide additional disclosure.

In 2020, KnowTheChain benchmarked 60 ICT companies. KnowTheChain researched each company's website, and invited companies over a period of three months to provide additional disclosure for indicators where KnowTheChain could not identify relevant disclosures.

Responses and additional disclosure provided by companies regarding the benchmark indicators are made publicly available below. 

Company name

[Hyperlink to non-scored 2018 research]

2016 Disclosure

2018 Disclosure

2020 Disclosure

(January 2020)

AAC Technologies (China)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response

Amazon (United States)

[Not included]

No response

 Senk link to training on human trafficking

Amphenol Corporation (United States)

[Not included]

Responded

 No response

Analog Devices (United States)

[Not included]

Responded

 No response

Apple (United States)

Sent link to this webpage*

Sent links to
Supplier responsibility page
Supplier Responsibility 2018 Progress Report
* Supplier Code of Conduct (v4.4)
* 2017 Statement on Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery (Feb 2018)
* Conflict Minerals Report (covering 2017)

 No response

Applied Materials (United States)

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

 No response

Arista Networks (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response 

ASML Holding (Netherlands)

No response

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 No response

Best Buy (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 Provided additional disclosure

BOE Technology Group (China)

No response

No response

 No response 

Broadcom (United States)

No response

No response

 No response

Canon (Japan)

Sent link to this webpage

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 Sent link to RBA membership announcement

Cisco Systems (United States)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

Corning (United States)

[Not included]

No response

 Provided additional disclosure

Dell Technologies (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 Provided additional disclosure

Ericsson (Sweden)

Responded

Responded

Provided additional disclosure

Fujifilm (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

Hangzhou Hik-Vision Digital Technology (China)

[Not included

[Not included]

 No response

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (United States)

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

Hexagon (Sweden)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response

Hitachi (Japan)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

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

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

Hoya (Japan)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 No response

HP (United States)

Responded*

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further information

 Provided additional disclosure

Infineon Technologies (Germany)

[Not included]

Sent link to this page

 No response

Intel (United States)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

International Business Machines (IBM) (United States)

No response

[Not included]

 [Not included]

Keyence (Japan)

No response

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 No response

KLA Corp. (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response

Kyocera (Japan)

[Not included]

No response

 No response

Lam Research (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

Largan Precision (Taiwan)

[Not included]

No response

 No response

LG Electronics (South Korea)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response

Maxim Integrated (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response

Microchip Technology (United States)

[Not included]

No response

 Sent link to RBA membership announcement

Micron Technology (United States)

[Not included]

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

 No response

Microsoft (United States)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 No response

Motorola Solutions (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response

Murata Manufacturing (Japan)

Responded

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

 Provided additional disclosure

Nintendo (Japan)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

Nokia (Finland)

[Not included]

Responded

 Provided additional disclosure

NVIDIA (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands)

[Not included]

Responded

 Provided additional disclosure

Panasonic (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 Provided additional disclosure

Qualcomm (United States)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure, as well as further information

 Provided additional disclosure

Renesas Electronics (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response

Samsung Electronics (South Korea)

Responded*

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 Provided additional disclosure

Sharp Corp (Japan)

[Not responded]

[Not responded]

 No response

SK Hynix (South Korea)

No response

No response

 No response

Skyworks Solutions (United States)

[Not included]

Responded

 No response

Sony (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Sent link to grievance mechanism

STMicroelectronics (Switzerland)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 Provided additional disclosure

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TMSC) (Taiwan)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

 No response

TE Connectivity (Switzerland)

[Not included]

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

 Provided additional disclosure

Texas Instruments (United States)

No response

No response

 

Tokyo Electron (Japan)

[Not included] 

Sent notification regarding statement under UK Modern Slavery Act  Provided additional disclosure

Walmart (United States)

[Not included]

[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

 No response 
(Following the benchmark release, sent links to 2018 sustainability report, 2019 modern slavery statement, and global human rights policy)

Xiaomi Corp (China)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response

Xilinx Inc (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response 

ZTE Corp (China)

[Not included]

[Not included]

 No response 

* Note the 2020 KnowTheChain ICT benchmark includes information published up to October 2019, or January 2020 where companies provided additional disclosure. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example:

Note the 2018 KnowTheChain ICT benchmark includes information published as of March 2018. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example: 

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 allegations (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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