We require our suppliers and subcontractors to commit to ST’s and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly EICC’s Social Responsibility standards, including conflict-mineral and chemical requirements,  and we monitor their performance through regular assessments and audits. 

At ST, we believe that the social, environmental and ethical aspects of suppliers’ and subcontractors’ performance are key contributors to sustainable business success. The notion of supply chain responsibility is embedded in our policies through our own Code of Conduct as well as our commitment to the industry standard (RBA, formerly EICC) code of conduct. For more than a decade, we have monitored supplier performance through regular assessments and audits in order to continually enhance our management of risks in our supply chain.

ST procures materials, goods and services from thousands of sources around the world. At Corporate level, a supply chain team promotes sustainable sourcing and develops long-term relationships by choosing suppliers and subcontractors with robust social and environmental standards and practices. At local level, eligible suppliers, which are mainly service suppliers such as labor agencies, cleaning services, on-site canteen and security, are required to commit to ST's policies and we have a program in place to regularly assess and audit them based on local risks. 

Our approach

  • We identify our risks based on category of supplier, business volume and in-region risks and adapt our level of monitoring to those risks
  • Monitoring ranges from written commitment and assessments to third-party audits and corrective action plans

Our programs mainly cover 

  • Social responsibility and more specifically labor and human rights (prevention of child and forced labor, control of working hours etc.)
  • Health and safety and environment including management of hazardous substances
  • Conflict minerals which we manage through the adoption and implementation of the industry-wide Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly the Conflict Free Smelter Initiative (CFSI)
  • Financial risks and business continuity

More information can be found in our annual Sustainability Report.