Motorola Solutions holds high labor and environmental standards at every stage in the supply chain. We are committed to ensuring our company and our suppliers do not use indebted labor or engage in human trafficking.
We engage directly with our tier-one suppliers to assess their performance and encourage compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct. We also expect these suppliers we buy directly from to pass down social and environmental responsibility requirements to their suppliers. Motorola Solutions is also a member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA, formerly the EICC), an organization dedicated to supporting continuous improvement in the social, environmental and ethical responsibility of the electronic industry supply chain.
Conflict minerals and Solutions for Hope
Our products contain various metals, including tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, which we source from mines around the world. Some of this production comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries, where political instability and lack of security have allowed mines to be exploited by armed groups. Any association with financing armed conflict is unacceptable to us, and we have engaged extensively across our supply chain to seek solutions to this problem.
Because of our concern about the social and environmental conditions in mines that supply metals to the electronics industry, we helped launch Solutions for Hope, a project that has created a closed-pipe system of mining conflict-free tantalum from DRC. We also helped launch the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI), which extends the closed-pipe concept to source conflict-free tin from the DRC.
The people of the region rely on the revenue from mining, so it is important that the industry sector initiatives to eliminate minerals associated with conflict, does not result in a de-facto ban on sourcing from the DRC and neighboring countries. The solution is to establish verified conflict-free, closed pipe sources from specific mines.
We have engaged with our suppliers to identify the smelters from whom they purchase these metals, and to start the process of transferring to smelters that are certified as conflict free. As of April 29, 2015, we identified 251 smelters in our supply chain that are verified by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative.
We promote supplier diversity by ensuring that businesses owned by women and other underrepresented groups are included in our supplier selection process. In the United States, the government and many of our business customers require that we source from diverse suppliers. We believe that supplier diversity promotes innovation and creativity and enables us to meet the needs of our customers better.
Through outreach activities, our supplier diversity team identifies diverse suppliers that can potentially bid on procurement opportunities and sets goals to increase our overall procurement spend with diverse businesses.
You can read more about our supplier diversity initiatives here.