Salient human rights in our supply chain

Ericsson’s salient human rights issues in responsible sourcing relate to labor rights. Main issues identified are occupational health and safety, especially in relation to installations and site maintenance, working hours, modern slavery, migrant workers’ rights and risks related to sourcing of raw materials. We have two ongoing programs with suppliers in this area, Modern Slavery and Conflict Minerals.
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Modern slavery

Taking a strong stance against modern slavery and human trafficking as well as working to ensure high labor rights standards in general, are core aspects of conducting business responsibly at Ericsson. Ericsson has a zero-tolerance policy against the use of forced, bonded or compulsory labor, or child labor, which is reflected in the Code of Business Ethics and the Code of Conduct for Business Partners (henceforth Code of Conduct).

Each year the company publishes Ericsson's Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement describing how the Ericsson Group is tackling the challenge of modern slavery and human trafficking throughout its operations and supply chain, in line with the UK Modern Slavery Acts.

 

Conflict minerals

As a company which is publicly traded in the United States, Ericsson is annually required to investigate and disclose the origin of Conflict Minerals (tin, tungsten, tantalum or gold) in products manufactured or contracted to be manufactured.

As with all electronic products, which contain many different metals (often in very low concentrations), all four conflict minerals are commonly used in the manufacturing process of telecom parts and components. Albeit, all four metals are used in small amounts and in low concentrations.

As part of our commitment to responsible sourcing, human rights and sustainability, it is our goal that any tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold metals which feature in our products should never, directly or indirectly, finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries.

Ericsson is working together with our suppliers to increase transparency regarding conflict minerals in our supply chain.

Conflict minerals