ASM is engaged in manufacturing products of increasing complexity in a challenging business environment, which requires quick responses to customized solutions. A robust supply chain management system, with a diverse scope and global footprint, is critical to meet ASM business aspirations. This requires our global supply chain organization to continuously drive operational excellence by employing policies, initiatives, and tools to proactively engage our suppliers to ensure business compliance and continuity. These include regular supply and financial risk monitoring, performance management, and Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) commitment from our critical business partners. ASM Global Supply Chain is committed to maintaining a supply portfolio that is value creating, sustainable, and ethical.
OUR POLICIES AND OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
Our policies establish the requirements and expectations for both ASM’s operations and our supply chain. The following is from our Corporate Responsibility Policy and is directly relevant for our relationship with our supply chain.
ASM is committed to the vision of Zero Harm. This means we strive to prevent all injuries, reduce our environmental impact, and make positive contributions to society.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OUR SUPPLIERS
ASM is committed to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) principles to conduct our business responsibly in all areas of Environment, Health & safety, Labor, Ethics. We require our critical and strategic suppliers to commit to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct and principles and comply with our Corporate Responsibility (CR) policies and standards.
ASM is committed to conducting business, both in our own operations and throughout our supply chain, in a manner consistent with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) principles to protect our employees, customers, communities, shareholders and the environment.
SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT
We adopt the
RBA Code of Conduct as our Supplier Code of Conduct and require our critical and strategic suppliers to acknowledge, commit and implement the Code and follow the guidelines for performance and compliance in all areas of Ethics, Labor, Environment, Health & Safety and Management Systems.
RESPONSIBLE MINERALS POLICY
“Conflict Minerals” are the tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold originating from Conflict Affected High Risk Areas (CAHRA’s) including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries that are sometimes mined and sold, under the control of armed groups, to finance conflict and violence. Some of these “conflict minerals” can make their way into the supply chains of both industrial and consumer products.
ASM’s Responsible Minerals policy covers tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (3TG) and serves as the basis upon which we operate. We expect our entire supply chain to comply with this policy. We are actively working with our supply chain and diligently have put a system and process in place to enable us to reasonably assure that products and components supplied to us containing these minerals are responsibly sourced in line with global standards including the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Guidance). In doing so, ASM supports our customers’ compliance with the US Dodd Frank Act Section 1502 and ensures alignment with the EU Minerals Regulation. We require all suppliers to have in place a policy to only source tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold from smelters and refiners that undergo independent third party audits as specified in the OECD Guidance. We have a due diligence process which includes a detailed data verification and analysis with identified smelters, which our suppliers source from that utilizes information provided to ASM by the Responsible Minerals Initiative.
ASM is committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values concerning human rights, ethics and environmental and social sustainability. ASM expects its suppliers to source materials from socially responsible suppliers. ASM expects our suppliers to comply with all regulations pertaining to Responsible Minerals sourcing (including Conflict Minerals) and provide all necessary declarations. As this is an evolving global issue, we commit to keep our policy and our programs current on this important topic.
DECLARATION REGARDING NORTH KOREAN LABOR, FORCED LABOR AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
ASM prohibits the use of North Korean Labor or Chinese Uyghur forced labor at any stage of the production of materials, components, subassemblies, or assemblies used in ASM products. Specifically, ASM expects our suppliers to fully comply with, including but not limited to Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) (which restricts entry into the United States, goods made wholly or in part by North Korean labor,) the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657), and the UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA 2015) which address issues of slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labor, and human trafficking in companies and their global supply chains. ASM expects its suppliers to have also made reasonable efforts to assure compliance to these standards within their supply chain.
Furthermore, ASM expects that its suppliers have made reasonable efforts to determine that no slavery, servitude, forced compulsory labor, and/or human trafficking have been involved in the mining, production, or manufacturing, wholly or in part, of any materials, significant goods, wares, articles, parts, or assemblies that suppliers use for constructing items sold to ASM. If a supplier’s due diligence efforts discover a potential labor issue, ASM expects to be notified within 30 days of discovery so that we might work with the supplier to resolve the issue in a timely, mutually acceptable and agreed manner.
Please see our
Annual Report for more information.