“AMD’s leadership has been instrumental in advancing corporate social responsibility throughout the global electronics supply chain.”
- Rob Lederer, Executive Director, Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)

Setting High Ethical Standards

Our Worldwide Standards of Business Conduct outline our expectations for ethical conduct and human rights commitments, both for our own operations and for our suppliers. Training on these standards is required every two years for all AMD employees. Employees who manage supplier business relationships are required to take additional supply chain responsibility training courses.

In addition, we adopted the Responsible Business Alliance's (RBA) Code of Conduct and share those expectations with our manufacturing suppliers in our annual Supplier Assurance Letter. The RBA’s Code of Conduct, which we formally adopted as our own supplier code, provides additional clarity on our expectations of our suppliers with regard to labor, health and safety, environmental, ethics and management systems.

Read our RBA Code of Conduct Commitment Letter.

Human Rights Policy

Read about our hiring and related practices, as well as our anti-discrimination commitments, in our Human Rights Policy Statement

Forced Labor

As defined by the International Labor Organization (ILO), forced labor refers to situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities. AMD does not permit the use of forced labor in providing our products or services, and we prohibit physical abuse or harassment and retaliation against employees reporting harassment. We strictly forbid child labor and forced/compulsory labor practices in any AMD operation or by our business partners and suppliers.

Read our statement on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor and learn more about our responses to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and the U.K. Modern Slavery Act of 2015.

Conflict Minerals

AMD is also committed to breaking the link between the mineral trade and ongoing conflicts and human rights abuse in Central Africa. All conflict mineral smelters and refiners identified in our supply chain are either eligible, in-process or have already completed an independent audit as part of the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP, formerly the conflict-free smelter program).1 AMD’s two primary silicon wafer foundries have all self-reported as “conflict-free".2

Learn more about this issue.

Our Process

AMD follows a “Plan-Do-Check-Act” framework to ensure that suppliers are adhering to our human rights codes of conduct.

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  • Share Expectations
  • Collect Data
  • Assess Risk
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  • Engage Suppliers
  • Evaluate Response
  • Develop Corrective Action Plan
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  • Monitor Corrective Actions
  • Analyze Effectiveness
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  • Provide Feedback
  • Report Results

Our process includes the following elements:

Risk-based supplier assessments: As a part of our supplier management process, we assess our suppliers to evaluate their conformance to the RBA Code of Conduct. This approach includes preliminary risk assessments as well as more detailed supplier self-assessment questionnaires. The results of each method are scored utilizing the RBA scoring system to verify the suppliers’ risk of non-conformance.

Supplier audits: Based on the results of the risk assessment, AMD may require a third-party on-site audit of supplier practices and management systems to evaluate supplier compliance with applicable laws and regulations, as well as the RBA Code, including avoiding human trafficking and forced labor in our supply chain. These audits may be announced or unannounced depending on the circumstances.

Supplier assurance: Each year, AMD communicates with suppliers in writing to ensure our expectations are clear and up-to-date with regard to responsible social, ethical and environmental conduct. This letter establishes AMD’s expectation that its suppliers comply with applicable laws and regulations, as well as the RBA Code of Conduct. Additionally, AMD’s standard contractual terms and conditions for the procurement of goods and services require conformance to applicable laws and regulations, and reinforce our expectations regarding responsible social, ethical and environmental conduct.

Accountability: In addition to risk assessments and audits, AMD discusses conformance to the RBA Code of Conduct as well as related management systems with our suppliers during regular business reviews. Our supplier business reviews are the optimal venue for accountability with regard to responsible social, ethical and environmental conduct because senior management participates in these meetings and future business awards are at stake.

Training: 100% of AMD’s supplier managers have completed RBA Supply Chain Responsibility training as of July 2018. AMD’s suppliers have access to information and training regarding conformance expectations through the RBA’s e-Learning Academy and other online resources. We also require employees who manage manufacturing supplier relationships to take specific training aimed at recognizing forced labor conditions. 

AMD Standards of Business Conduct: AMD’s Worldwide Standards of Business Conduct establish mandatory rules and guidelines for AMD’s employees. These standards, which are substantially equivalent to the RBA Code of Conduct and specifically prohibit forced and compulsory labor practices, apply to all AMD employees. Every AMD employee has access to and receives mandatory training on these standards. In the event an employee violates these standards, AMD will take immediate and appropriate action, which may include termination of employment.

Read our Statement on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor.

2017 Supply Chain Data³

  • Manufacturing Suppliers = 32, with 50+ factories
  • Acknowledged responsibility expectations = 100%
  • Completed RBA Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) = 96%

100% of AMD’s supplier managers have completed RBA’s Supply Chain Responsibility training in 2017.

  1. Based on information provided to AMD by our manufacturing suppliers and the Responsible Mineral Initiative (RMI) as of March 31, 2018
  2. Based on silicon wafers received from GLOBALFOUNDRIES and TSMC as of March 31, 2018
  3. Based on information provided to AMD by our manufacturing suppliers and the RBA as of Dec 31, 2017