KnowTheChain - ICT company disclosure

 

During 2016, KnowTheChain - a partnership between Humanity United, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics and Verite - benchmarked companies on their actions to address forced labour in their supply chains. The 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. In 2018, we will benchmark 40 ICT companies (the full list will be made available in November 2017). 

Ahead of benchmark publication, companies have the opportunity to provide additional disclosure on their website, or this page. In 2016, we asked companies to respond to a set of engagement questions that correspond to the benchmark methodology. To reduce the reporting burden for companies, ahead of the 2018 benchmarks, we only ask 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

Apple (United States)*

Sent link to this webpage

 

ASML Holding (Netherlands)

No response

 

BOE Technology Group (China)

No response

 

Broadcom (United States)

No response

 

Canon (Japan)

Sent link to this webpage

 

Cisco Systems (United States)

Responded

Responded

Ericsson (Sweden)

Responded

Responded 

Hitachi (Japan)

Responded

Responded

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

Responded

Responded

HP (United States)*

Responded

 

Infineon Technologies (Germany)

[Not included]

Sent link to this page

Intel (United States)

Responded

 

International Business Machines (IBM) (United States)

No response

[Not included]

Keyence (Japan)

No response

 

Microsoft (United States)

Responded

 

Murata Manufacturing (Japan)

Responded

 

Qualcomm (United States)

Responded

 

Samsung Electronics (South Korea)*

Responded

 

SK Hynix (South Korea)

No response

 

Skyworks Solutions

[Not included]

Responded

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TMSC) (Taiwan)

Responded

Responded

Texas Instruments (United States)

No response

 

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. 

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

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