February 16, 2022
In Qorvo's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report*, we outline our approach, policies and process to monitoring and course-correcting our actions for maintaining status as a good, global corporate citizen. These actions affect people, our local and extended communities, and the environment. And they directly trickle down to you, to your company, and to your customers. This blog post offers an overview of our CSR initiatives and why they matter.
Our overall CSR program is comprehensive. It covers matters that affect all of our key stakeholders, including suppliers, investors, employees, communities and customers. These include:
- The health and safety of our employees
- The standards met by our suppliers concerning responsible sourcing and quality
- The overall well-being of the planet
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Our CSR initiatives encompass all of Qorvo's stakeholders, including customers, suppliers,
investors, employees, associations and the communities in which we work and live.
It starts with our corporate governance that develops a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that holds all directors, officers and employees of Qorvo accountable to the highest level of ethical standards. Multiple communications channels, managed by third parties, are in place to gather employee feedback to help monitor these efforts.
Regarding our suppliers, we have a stringent supplier management model that aligns with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) code of conduct. This model guides our engagements, supply chain assessments and training opportunities, and the affirmative steps needed to ensure that our suppliers understand Qorvo's expectations for maintaining a socially responsible supply chain.
Our CSR initiative guides our commitment to providing a safe work environment when it comes to our employees. Our strong safety culture, which includes the utilization of a hierarchy of controls, and near-miss and injury reporting, produces a recordable rate below the industry average. We have a substantial training environment for employee development, programs that guide communication between employees and managers to encourage growth and productivity. To foster engagement, diversity and inclusion among our employees, we have formalized networking groups. We also monitor employee satisfaction through multiple channels, including, but not limited to, employee feedback and our open-door policy.
For the sake of the planet, Qorvo employs an Environmental Management System (EMS). The system helps promote environmental stewardship, prevent pollution, and meet all applicable environmental requirements. We set and review key performance objectives and targets to direct the efforts of the organization to reduce, reuse, recycle and preserve our natural resources.
With respect to the communities in which we work and live, we have Qorvo Cares — our commitment to cultivating good — goodwill, good connections and good fun.
Responsible Business Alliance
Founded in 2004 by a group of leading electronics companies, the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit comprised of electronics, retail, auto and toy companies committed to supporting the rights and well-being of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global supply chain. RBA members are committed and held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of RBA training and assessment tools to support continual improvement in the social, environmental and ethical responsibility of their supply chains.
The Qorvo Cares Community Engagement program provides our employees with opportunities to get into their neighborhoods and spread kindness, generosity and support. The program focuses on three main areas: STEM education, good neighbor relations and environmental stewardship. We also conduct numerous employee events — from site picnics and holiday parties to wellness fairs and 5K run/walks — which help build lasting connections.
Qorvo's CSR initiatives have a direct impact on the environment. Above are several examples of our efforts.
1. Sustainability Leads to Innovation
As your supplier of RF and power management devices, when we innovate, so do you. Industry experts have proven that companies that practice sustainability tend to be more innovative. Why? The theory, detailed here, is that when a company is driving toward better business practices, such as reducing energy and water usage, diverting waste materials, increasing efficiencies, and meeting regulations, it's working under constraints that force it to be more resourceful, creative and inventive. This innovation eventually becomes second nature and shows up in other facets of the company, potentially winding up in new and novel products and technologies — the same ones that may end up on your bench and influence your designs.
2. Our Scrupulous Supply Chain Management Provides a Foundation
As your supplier, Qorvo's efforts carry through to the products you design and help to ensure those products meet the same requirements and can make positive socially responsible impact. And, while not all manufacturers are under the same scrutiny as chipmakers like Qorvo, it's only a matter of time until they're urged to meet similar requirements. You can rest easy that Qorvo sets high expectations for its supply chain to meet both our conditions and those of our customers' — from social, environmental, performance and quality perspectives. You can learn more about our rigorous supplier vetting, training, requirements, and monitoring here.
"Qorvo's management believes ethical conduct plays a fundamental role in producing good business results.
Every action we take as a company, and every action our Suppliers take on behalf of Qorvo should conform to the highest
ethical, moral and legal standards,"
— Carla Susmilch, Qorvo's Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
3. It's the Right Thing to Do
From a humanitarian perspective, CSR initiatives are simply the right thing to do. One cannot argue that business ethics are vital to the world around us. Efforts such as reducing a company's carbon footprint to lessen its impact on the environment, working to eliminate slavery and human trafficking, and creating equal opportunities and living wages are businesses' moral obligations. And it's the responsibility of everyone who works for us or does business with us, including customers and partners.
Get more information about Qorvo's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and download our FY21 Corporate Social Responsibility report*.
*Please note that the Qorvo executives featured in Qorvo CSR Report reflect those who served in 2020-2021. Go to Qorvo Executive Leadership webpage to get the most current information.
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