TE’s more than 20,000 suppliers play an integral role in ensuring our ability to source materials responsibly for our products and to transport them safely and efficiently to our facilities and customers around the world. Our teams are trained to understand the key areas of human rights, conflict minerals, environmental sustainability and zero-tolerance conditions related to our supplier requirements, and have worked to adopt best practices throughout our supply chain.
Our Guide to Supplier Social Responsibility is the cornerstone of our approach to a responsible supply chain, outlining the expectations and ethical principles which our suppliers must meet to do business with us. Our Guide is regularly updated to reflect internationally recognized standards of human rights, sustainability and corporate responsibility, including the guiding principles of the Organization for Economic Co Operation and Development and the U.N. Global Compact.
With a global supply chain spanning six continents, we recognize that TE’s scale and reach impacts local communities around the world. Through our plants, warehouses, IPO offices, supply chain and logistics partners, our business supports the development of local economies with added infrastructure, job creation and business growth opportunities. These localized activities benefit both TE and the communities in which we work and live.
As TE continues to grow, we are working to become more seamlessly integrated so that every part of our business delivers value to our employees and customers. By making richer, deeper supplier compliance information available to more people across our business units, we are enabling our people to make more informed decisions about material sourcing and sustainable product development.