AMD has a long-standing commitment to upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility. This commitment extends to respecting the human rights of all individuals directly impacted by our company’s global operations and throughout our business relationships.
Our values and approach to human rights issues are guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UN Global Compact Principles. Our membership in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) further augments our efforts.
AMD’s Worldwide Standards of Business Conduct outline our expectations for ethical conduct and human rights commitments. Training on these standards is periodically required for all AMD employees. In addition, AMD has adopted the EICC Code of Conduct in our own operations and as our Supplier Code of Conduct. The EICC Code is substantially consistent with our Worldwide Standards of Business Conduct and provides additional clarity on AMD’s expectations of our suppliers with regard to labor, health and safety, environmental, ethics and management systems.
AMD’s Human Rights Context
The UN Guiding Principles are clear that all businesses have a responsibility to “prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to their operations” through their business relationships. The scope of risk mitigation and prevention will vary depending on a number of factors, such as the amount of leverage a business may have over those committing the abuse, the severity of the impact, how critical the business relationship is, and the consequences of terminating business relationships. AMD is committed to mitigating key risks identified in the design and manufacture of our products and business operations.
Employment and Labor Policies
- AMD compensates its workers at or above legal minimums, and complies with all applicable labor laws including minimum working age and maximum working hours laws.
- AMD prohibits discrimination and is committed to providing all qualified employees with the same opportunities for success regardless of age, ancestry, color, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religion, political and/or third party affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.
- AMD does not permit the use of forced labor in providing its products and services, and prohibits physical abuse or harassment and retaliation against employees reporting harassment amongst its employees.
- AMD strictly forbids child labor and forced/compulsory labor practices in any AMD operation or by our business partners and suppliers.
- AMD operates in locations where employees have the right to freely associate or not associate with third-party organizations, such as labor unions, and these employees have the right to collectively bargain or not bargain collectively in accordance with local laws. AMD respects those rights and is committed to maintaining a fair and open workplace where employees are treated with dignity and respect, are free from discrimination or the fear of retaliation and can openly share their ideas, concerns or problems on workplace issues with management.
Human Rights of End-Users
AMD’s business is focused on selling standardized products to a wide variety of business customers around the world. While it is impractical for AMD to monitor or control the ways in which its products are ultimately being used by end-users, we are cognizant of potential risks and mindful of the responsibility, within the context of a component-supplier, to mitigate risks of human rights abuse. AMD is committed to working with its business partners to mitigate risks to the human rights of end users as a result of inappropriate use of AMD’s products by other actors.
Human Rights in the Supply Chain
AMD is aware of the human rights impacts through business relationships in the supply chain. AMD investigates these impacts, and takes appropriate actions to remedy negative impacts consistent with the UN Guiding Principles. AMD reports on these efforts in its supply chain, consistent with the EICC.
Enabling Human Rights Opportunities
In addition to mitigating human rights risks, AMD technologies can help to enable the human rights of its end-users around the world. As part of our overall commitment to promoting human rights, AMD will continue to develop technologies that enable and improve education, medical treatment, energy savings solutions and advanced research.
For additional information, please see AMD’s annual Corporate Responsibility Report available at www.amd.com/corporateresponsibility.