We continually evaluate our suppliers to confirm that they are acting to ensure the sustainability of our world while behaving as responsible global citizens. We work to promote fair labor practices throughout our supply chain and prohibit the use of forced, bonded, child and indentured labor. Our commitment against the use of conflict minerals is resolute and our programs are comprehensive. We actively survey our supply chain on an annual basis to ensure compliance with our policies.
Human Rights and Fair Labor Practices
We seek to partner with suppliers who conduct their business 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, child 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. Additionally, we strive to respect the rights of all stakeholders through our commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Our Global Human Rights Policy reinforces our responsibility to respecting and promoting human rights in our relationships with our employees, suppliers and members of the communities in which we operate.
Sustainable Supply Chain
We are taking steps to integrate sustainability into our supply chain. For example, we routinely evaluate our suppliers on the quality and stewardship of their products and assess whether they are meeting certain social responsibility requirements and metrics. Our goal is a collaborative supply chain that seeks to reduce its environmental and social impact while simultaneously enhancing the long-term sustainability of our planet. In addition, we regularly review our raw materials and components for regulated substances to assess our products’ conformity with customer-specific requirements and industry standards (i.e., Halogen-Free, Lead-Free), as well as other applicable regulations such as California Proposition 65, the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation & Authorization of Chemicals (REACH).
Conflict and Responsible Minerals
Amphenol seeks to go beyond local and customer requirements in our efforts to be a good corporate steward. In accordance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Conflict Minerals regulations, we manage a comprehensive Conflict Minerals program that ensures we do not knowingly use tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold (3TG), which 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, cobalt and mica used in our products to ensure the appropriate reasonable country of origin inquiry (RCOI) and due diligence has been performed, as detailed in our latest Conflict Minerals Report.
Our responsible minerals program is aligned with the principles of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict- Affected and High-Risk Areas. Although Amphenol has determined that its European operations are not directly in-scope for the European Union (EU) Conflict Minerals Regulation and its conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs) purview, we annually assess our status and align our business operations with responsible sourcing guidance while continuing to support our customers who are in-scope. Amphenol is also a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), which promotes 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.
Our reputation is one of our most important assets. The bedrock of this hard-earned reputation is the integrity and honesty of our employees around the world. Amphenol’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics requires all employees to both follow the law and adhere to the highest ethical standards at all times. This includes following all anti-bribery laws in the jurisdictions in which we operate. In addition, the making of any improper payments or offers of payments to obtain or retain business is strictly prohibited. This also includes prohibiting making payments (including commissions) to third parties who in turn pay government officials or other third parties to obtain or to retain business. Amphenol’s anti-bribery efforts are further supported by a robust ethics and compliance program, including an independent internal audit function, training and a whistleblower and investigation process with a strict policy prohibiting retaliation. It is also supported by the Company’s Supplier Code of Conduct.