Our Focuses|Sustainable Supply Chain|Conflict Minerals

Sustainable Supply Chain

Considering corporate sustainability from the perspective of the value chain, sustainability factors must be incorporated into the work design and training from inbound logistics and manufacturing to outbound logistics to effectively promote sustainable supply chain management. 
In 2023, Winbond focused on a dual-axis transformation strategy, encompassing digitalization and decarbonization, complemented by an ecosystem approach in work design to implement sustainable supply chain management initiatives. This encompasses managing supplier from the source, conducting internal sustainability training, executing procurement tasks, establishing internal green logistics systems, and closely collaborating with outsourcing partners. Faced with a challenging business environment, Winbond emphasizes the importance of maintaining innovative management thinking and the ability to rapidly adjust and react. This ensures the evolution of timely and adaptive business capabilities with suppliers, ultimately achieving the goal of a sustainable supply chain.

SDGs 17 Partnerships for the Goals
SDGs 13 Climate Action
SDGs 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
SDGs 10 Reduced Inequalities
SDGs 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
SDGs 6 Clean Water and Sanitation

E Accumulated Carbon Abatement

63000

t CO2e

S Co-learning Hours of Eco Supply Chain System

19899

Hours

G Implementation of Sustainable Evaluations on Tier-One Key Suppliers

100

%

Conflict Minerals

Responsible Sourcing of Minerals

 

Winbond actively promotes the requirements of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) within supply chain, considering them to be fundament elements of supply chain management. Following the management recommendations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on due diligence, Winbond firstly issued a conflict-free minerals statement; and secondly, based on the composition of its products, conducts material analysis to identify suppliers that require focused investigation for further due diligence implementation. Suppliers are strictly required to select qualified smelters and update information within the validity period. Finally, each year, Winbond produces and publicly declares a conflict minerals due diligence report based on the investigation results.

 

Responsible Sourcing Management Process

 

 

Winbond Conflict-free Minerals Statement

Winbond follows the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) to conduct due diligence on the sources and governance of tantalum, tin, tungsten, gold, cobalt, and mica in its manufactured products to ensure that its procurement practices comply with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas or an equivalent and recognized due diligence framework. At the same time, Winbond also requires all suppliers to adhere to and sign relevant codes of conduct and ethical standards related to sustainability, employee ethics, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy by the International Labour Organization. They are also required to adopt green products, adhere to environmental protection policies, and comply with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) standards. In 2023, all qualified suppliers signed Winbond's Code of Ethics and Integrity and Winbond's Supplier Code of Conduct Commitment (including clauses related to RBA and conflict minerals statements), ensuring the absence of "conflict minerals from non-conforming smelters" and products from the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjacent countries and regions and compliance with applicable regional and international laws regarding responsible minerals.

Identification and Results of 3TG Metal Sources

Winbond initially determines the composition of each source product based on the Safety Data Sheets provided by suppliers, identifying whether they contain specific metals. Subsequently, Winbond uses the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) and Extended Minerals Reporting Template (EMRT) to investigate the sources of gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), tin (Sn), tungsten (W), cobalt (Co), mica, and other responsible minerals published by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) within suppliers' product components. In 2023, a total of 17 surveyed suppliers were investigated, with smelters of various metals located in 26 countries across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Central Asia. A total of 114 qualified smelters met the requirements and did not engage in the sale of prohibited products to Winbond. In the future, Winbond will continue to adhere to the policy of conflict-free minerals and will regularly issue due diligence investigations and annual responsible sourcing due diligence reports.
 

In the future, while adhering to our stance of not using conflict minerals, we will take three approaches to prevent and control the risks of 3GT metals. First, continuing to distribute due diligence survey on a regular basis, issuing annual due diligence reports on conflict minerals, and conducting on-site audits of suppliers who use 3GT metals to ensure the responsible procurement undergoing. Second, we will continue to trace domestic and foreign suppliers who adopt 3GT minerals in compliance with regulations and also implement conflict mineral management policies and develop diversified supply risk controlling and prevention. Third, for suppliers who might potentially use or purchase risks of conflict minerals, Winbond will do our best to assist the company in tracing the origin of other compliant minerals. If there is no improvement, Winbond will completely stop trading with the suppliers.
 

 

Suppliers surveyed for conflict minerals
17
 
Raw material suppliers surveyed
8
 
Outsourcers surveyed
9
 
2022 Prohibition of products being sold to Winbond
0