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Responsible Supply Chain

We strive to ensure safe, healthy and fair working conditions for all workers within our global supply chain, while minimizing our environmental footprint.

Through a Responsible Supply Chain program, we engage meaningfully and proactively with Facebook’s supply chain partners, build supplier capacity and respond quickly to challenges as they arise.

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Setting Standards for Our Suppliers

We developed a framework of standards and expectations to guide our supplier business relationships, including through adoption of the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct, which sets out standards on labor, environment, health and safety, ethics and management systems. To effectively prioritize our efforts, risk assessments are conducted to help us map and identify the most critical issues areas and suppliers. We proactively engage with suppliers through dialogue, independent audits and assessments and collecting worker sentiment to understand issues that are most relevant to their individual work environments. Additionally, Facebook’s Electronics Reuse and Recycling Standard provides expectations for recyclers that manage the end-of-life treatment of our hardware. 

Engaging Suppliers More Deeply 

Enhancing the well-being and livelihoods of workers, as well as the environment, in our supply chain is at the core of our program. In 2019, we partnered closely with our priority suppliers to address areas that have the greatest impact and potential to create lasting change. We made progress in advancing visibility into social and environmental issues within our supply chain and deepened supplier partnerships, expanding supplier engagement through a program that is focused on direct feedback from workers via surveys. We used sentiment and insights from these surveys to help suppliers improve management systems and working conditions, taking a holistic approach that included on-site consulting, training, awareness building and other activities.

We work to understand our suppliers’ environmental challenges and help to reduce their impact by collecting data to see where and how we can engage with them more deeply. Our suppliers’ environmental data are benchmarked against our standards and we tailor our approach based on the maturity of their sustainability strategy. Depending on the supplier need, our program engagement ranges from building capacity on data reporting to supporting on-site energy assessment to identify energy reduction opportunities.  

In 2019, we launched a program to ensure suppliers would be prepared for the climate risks they may face, sharing key learnings from our own operations. Implementing the same risk-based approach we use to evaluate our own operations, we conducted a physical climate risk assessment of our global manufacturing supply chain footprint, looking at risks such as sea level rise, heat stress, typhoons and hurricanes and water stress. We partnered with suppliers facing some of the highest risks to ensure they had climate resilience integrated into their emergency planning and business continuity practices.

Partnering with Others to Drive Industry Change

Beyond our own operations, we continue to look for ways to collaborate and share ideas with others, developing solutions that promote best practices for a responsible supply chain. We are members of the Responsible Business Alliance, a multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to advancing sustainability globally, the Responsible Minerals Initiative and the Responsible Labor Initiative.  

In May of 2019, we filed our annual Conflict Minerals disclosure. In June of 2019 we issued our annual Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement that outlines our commitment, policies, and practices to prevent and address forced labor issues in our supply chain. Public disclosures like these advance transparency and accountability in this space. 

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Conflict Minerals Policy

This outlines our commitment and efforts to the responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold used in our products.

Conflict Minerals Report

We highlight our conflict minerals due diligence measures and results in our annual Conflict Minerals Report.

Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This outlines our commitment, policies and practices to prevent and address slavery and human trafficking issues in our business operations and supply chain.

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