At u‑blox, sustainability is integral to every aspect of our operations. One crucial aspect of sustainability is ensuring that our supply chain is responsible, that our suppliers comply with established international principles, and that no conflict minerals are used in the manufacture of our products.
Creating and maintaining a responsible supply chain
We have chartered a clear course towards supply chain responsibility. This includes our choice of suppliers and the relationships we have with them. Our Sustainable Supplier Program commits us to working closely with suppliers and ensuring that their operations are socially and environmentally acceptable.
The Program is based on the EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition) Code of Conduct, which covers labor and human rights, workers’ health and safety, environmental impact, ethics and management systems. The program enables us to systematically identify potential risks in our supply chain and comprises five separate phases: pre‑assessment, introduction, assessment, validation and improvement. If suppliers do not fulfill all social requirements, u‑blox can audit suppliers and, if necessary, draw up plans for improvements.
Phase 1 to 3 are designed to ensure that all suppliers comply with our defined sustainability standards. Through phase 4 and 5, we aim to work with our suppliers to improve sustainability standards in our supply chain – for example, through knowledge transfer and discussions about process optimization, resource efficiency, and environmental and social standards.