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 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.

Company engagement and disclosure

The 20 companies listed below are part of the information and communications technology sector benchmark.

The evaluation of the companies reviewed information that was publicly available as of April 2016, either on a company’s public website or in public reports available from the company’s website.  Companies had also been invited to provide additional disclosure by updating their own websites, or by responding to a set of engagement questions that correspond to the benchmark methodology. Company responses to the questions have been made publicly available below.

  • Apple (United States) [provided link to this webpage]*
  • ASML Holding (Netherlands)
  • BOE Technology Group (China)
  • Broadcom (United States)
  • Canon (Japan) [provided link to this webpage]
  • Cisco Systems (United States) [response]
  • Ericsson (Sweden) [response]
  • Hitachi (Japan) [response]
  • Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (Foxconn) (Taiwan) [response]
  • HP (United States) [response]*
  • Intel (United States) [response]
  • International Business Machines (IBM) (United States)
  • Keyence (Japan) 
  • Microsoft (United States) [response]
  • Murata Manufacturing (Japan) [response]
  • QUALCOMM (United States) [response]
  • Samsung Electronics (South Korea) [response]*
  • SK Hynix (South Korea)
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TMSC) (Taiwan) [response]
  • Texas Instruments (United States)

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 this benchmark includes information published as of April2016. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example:

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