Corporate Social Responsibility

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  • Environment
  • Conflict Minerals
  • Governance and Ethics
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Supply Chain
  • Our People

Consideration for the environment is nothing new for Altera. As our Green Initiatives Timeline illustrates, environmental thinking became part of our corporate culture early-on and we continue to make progress in this area. Our long-standing Environmental, Health, and Safety Policy seeks to comply with all applicable standards and regulations.

Altera will conduct due diligence with relevant suppliers concerning the origin of the metals that are used in Altera products consistent with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. Each supplier must demonstrate that they understand and support EICC-GeSI actions and will not knowingly procure metals that specifically originate from the conflict mines in the DRC Region. We request that our suppliers provide evidence of their due diligence activities, and completion of the EICC-GeSI Conflict Minerals reporting template. Altera also supports initiatives such as the Conflict Free Smelter (CFS) program to validate responsible and sustainable sources.

Since its founding in 1983, Altera has conducted its business with the highest ethical standards and in full compliance with applicable laws. Every employee, officer, and member of our board of directors plays a key role in ensuring these standards and laws are upheld.

As a global technology leader, Altera celebrates our company’s diversity and the innovation that diversity helps to foster. We believe that a diverse organization and inclusive work environment enables our employees to thrive professionally and are critical to our future growth and success

Altera develops long-term relationships with our key suppliers to ensure a robust supply chain that is financially solvent, provides broad technology access aligned with our technology road maps, delivers competitive pricing, and fosters innovation.

Altera believes our employees are our most valuable resource and understand that their well-being impacts our business success and ability to innovate.  

Altera Conflict Mineral Policy Statement

As a result of concerns that profits from the sale of certain minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries (the “DRC Region”) may be financing armed groups that are engaged in civil war and are committing human rights violations, Congress included certain disclosure requirements in the Dodd-Frank Act designed to create greater transparency regarding the use of gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W) and tin (Sn), (collectively “Conflict Minerals”) that are mined in the DRC Region. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) promulgated rules under the Dodd-Frank Act that require publicly traded companies to annually disclose whether any Conflict Minerals that are necessary to the functionality or production of a product that is manufactured by such company originated in the DRC Region. If any such Conflict Minerals originated in the DRC Region, the issuer must submit a report to the SEC that includes a description of the measures taken by that issuer to exercise due diligence on the Conflict Minerals’ source and chain of custody of those minerals.

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have requested that companies undertake reasonable due diligence with their supply chain to ensure that specified metals are not being sourced from conflict mines in the DRC Region. Altera, along with many of our industry peers, use these metals in our devices as each of these minerals has specific electrical properties that are necessary for the functions of our products. Altera supports efforts to eliminate the use of conflict minerals from improper sources, and we fully support the actions of the EICC and GeSI with respect to Conflict Minerals. As Altera does not purchase these metals directly from smelters, we must rely heavily on information that will be provided by our suppliers to determine the source and chain of custody of the metals in our products.

 

Altera will conduct due diligence with relevant suppliers concerning the origin of the metals that are used in Altera products consistent with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. Each supplier must demonstrate that they understand and support EICC-GeSI actions and will not knowingly procure metals that specifically originate from the conflict mines in the DRC Region. We request that our suppliers provide evidence of their due diligence activities, and completion of the EICC-GeSI Conflict Minerals reporting template. Altera also supports initiatives such as the Conflict Free Smelter (CFS) program to validate responsible and sustainable sources.

 

If we become aware of a supplier whose supply chain includes metals from a conflict source, Altera will reassess that supplier relationship. Altera expects our suppliers to take a similar measure with their suppliers to ensure alignment towards the establishment of a conflict-free mineral supply chain.

You can download a copy of the EICC/GeSI form (CMRT) for All semiconductor integrated circuits, excluding Power Devices here.

You can download a copy of the EICC/GeSI form (CMRT) for all Power Devices here.

Minerals Extractives Work Group Participation

The metals used in Altera's products come from many sources and are processed at different smelters. Traceability continues to be a challenge. Altera is committed to extend its influence beyond its first tier supply chain to improve social and environmental conditions through the entire supply chain on the responsible practices for minerals extraction. Altera is an active participant in the EICC Extractives Work Group and the goal is to collaborate with other users of metals to develop a program for responsible sourcing.

2014 specialized disclosure (SD) form and conflict minerals report (CMR) can be found here.