NXP Semiconductors is a company with a strong commitment to social responsibility. We believe that for us to become a truly sustainable company, we need our suppliers and contractors to join us in this commitment, based on a shared set of values and principles. NXP pursues mutually beneficial relationships with its suppliers and contractors and seeks to award business to those suppliers that are committed to acting fairly and with integrity towards their stakeholders, to observing the applicable rules of law, and to supporting and respecting internationally proclaimed human rights. NXP is committed to ensuring that working conditions in NXP’s supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that NXP’s products and manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. Similar requirements (as laid down in the NXP Supplier Code of Conduct) are applied to first-tier suppliers and we monitor the application of this policy to the best of our ability.

NXP is also a member of the Global Business Coalition against Human Trafficking (gBCAT). gBCAT is a global coalition of corporations committed to eradicating trafficking in supply chains, including forced labor and all sex trafficking, notably child prostitution. gBCAT is a thought leaders’ forum for developing and sharing best practices in addressing the vulnerability of businesses to human trafficking in their operations. gBCAT companies work together across different sectors and regions, each playing their own part, suited to their sector and comparative competencies.

NXP’s Supplier Code of Conduct

NXP’s suppliers commit in all of their activities to operate in full compliance with the laws, rules, and regulations of the countries in which they operate. Beyond this, NXP's suppliers are expected to comply with the NXP Supplier Code of Conduct using the management systems described in this site.

The NXP Supplier Code of Conduct is based on the NXP Code of Conduct and the NXP Auditable Standards on Social Responsibility, and draws on internationally recognized standards to advance social and environmental responsibility. The NXP Supplier Code of Conduct uses the structure and contains language from the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct, version 5.0. Other recognized standards used as references for the Code are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization, Social Accountability International, and the Ethical Trading Initiative. More information regarding NXP’s cooperation with the EICC can be found here.

The NXP Supplier Code of Conduct consists of standards relating to labor, health and safety, environment, business ethics, and elements of an acceptable system for managing code conformity. If you’d like to download the NXP Supplier Code of Conduct, please click below:

Suppliers can report ethical issues or suspected violations of the NXP Code of Conduct via the SpeakUp service.

Product content restrictions

Suppliers must meet the requirements of the NXP List of Hazardous Substances in Products and Packaging. More information regarding Hazardous Substances can be found in the materials chapter under Environment topic.

NXP requires suppliers of product-related materials to provide evidence of compliance to the European Union‘s Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) at least once a year. Evidence is required in the form of test reports. These tests should be executed according to the IEC 62321 standard and performed by a third-party laboratory certified to ISO/IEC 17025.

NXP encourages suppliers to look for and start using alternatives. Suppliers have to certify that they have gathered and verified information about substances present in raw materials, parts, or products it supplies to NXP using appropriate methods (i.e. internal design controls, declarations and analytical testing) to ensure its accuracy and completeness, and attest that such information is true and correct to the best of its knowledge and belief.

Upon NXP's request, the supplier must provide NXP with full material content information using the NXP Material Declaration Form (NX5-00071) and/or Material Safety Data Sheets. For selected material groups, additional evidence may be required, such as halogen content, to show compliancy with the NXP “Dark Green” requirements or the EU packaging and packaging waste directive.

Below you can find more information regarding the NXP requirements for its suppliers:

Responsible sourcing of materials

Suppliers must have a policy to reasonably assure that the tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold in the products they manufacture do not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups that are perpetrators of serious human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo or an adjoining country.

Suppliers must exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of these minerals and make their due diligence measures available to NXP upon NXP’s request.

If you’d like more information regarding conflict minerals, please go to the conflict minerals chapter.

Supply-chain risk assessments and supplier social responsibility audits

NXP conducts an annual risk assessment of supply-chain social responsibility to determine the high-priority suppliers that are likely to participate in the NXP Social Responsibility Audit program. NXP’s Social Responsibility Audit is a collaborative and consultative process aimed at guiding suppliers and ensuring they can meet the NXP Supplier Code of Conduct and the associated requirements of the auditable standards.

The NXP supply-chain Social Responsibility Audit program is conducted in accordance with the following process flow:

NXP started its supply-chain audit program in 2013 and, by 2014, a total of 40 suppliers (15 audits in 2013, 25 audits in 2014), including materials and external-manufacturing suppliers, were audited. The top ten findings from the audits are summarized in the chart below:

The audit findings and the resulting Corrective Action Plans help us to identify trends and create an opportunity to help suppliers enhance their sustainability capabilities. Same-supplier re-audits have shown great improvement from one year to the next.

If you’d like more information regarding our audit program, please watch our video about the social responsibility audit.