TSMC Issues Statement "Supply Chain Partners Should Ensure Protection of Human Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
As a global semiconductor industry leader, TSMC believes that respecting human rights and promoting a decent work environment are important to the Company and the supply chain. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present grave challenges, and in addition to maintaining the workplace safety of its own employees, TSMC issued a statement "Supply Chain Partners Should Ensure Protection of Human Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic" in July 2021 so that our subsidiaries and supply chain partners carry out anti-pandemic measures in an appropriate fashion. To provide migrant workers with a decent work environment and to create a responsible supply chain, the statement addresses four major areas: personal freedoms, how migrant workers are informed of anti-pandemic measures, handling of accidents and casualties, and dormitory management.
Enhancing Labor Rights for the Common Good
TSMC is a defender of labor rights, and whether during a pandemic or not, all supply chain partners are required to follow the TSMC’s Human Rights Policy, TSMC Supplier Code of Conduct, the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Supply chain partners employing migrant laborers are required to follow the pandemic-related regulations of their jurisdictions, and carry out the items in TSMC’s statement. TSMC issued the statement through our "Supply Online 360" global responsible supply chain platform to encourage our 1,144 first-tier suppliers around the world to follow regulations and work together for the common good.
TSMC Subsidiary and Supply Chain Partner Migrant Human Rights Regulations
Through our statement "Supply Chain Partners Should Ensure Protection of Human Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic", we are working hand in hand with subsidiaries and suppliers to build a workplace with human dignity, and create a sustainable semiconductor supply chain together.
Inspections of Working Environments and Dormitories
To broaden communication channels, TSMC will translate its statement “Supply Chain Partners Should Ensure Protection of Human Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic” to migrant workers’ native languages in August 2021, and inspect the working environment and dormitories of domestic supply chain partners employing migrant workers before the end of the year; those who do not meet standards will be required make improvements within a set schedule. In addition, TSMC will continue to strengthen the scope of human rights protections in the TSMC Supplier Code of Conduct, with details to be disclosed in a revised version of the TSMC Supplier Sustainability Standards in September. Suppliers will be able to refer to the latest regulations to keep actively improving labor rights, health and safety, environmental protection, business ethics and management systems, and continue lowering the risk of business disruption to work for the common good of the industry.