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CommScope maintains a reliable supply chain supported by a wide variety of expertise. In addition to our size, reach and operational precision, this diverse supply chain positions us to create effective forms of networked communication. As we continue to expand and grow into new markets, we’re working diligently to support diversity among our employees and within our supplier relationships. Through our Supplier Diversity Program, we promote mutually beneficial relationships with small businesses and those owned by minorities, women and veterans. We also continue to enhance our existing supplier selection, risk assessment and performance evaluation processes.
In selecting suppliers, CommScope applies a thorough system of checks and balances designed to minimize risk and maximize performance in our supply chain. Current and prospective suppliers undergo the selection, qualification and evaluation steps outlined below:
Our Sourcing Evaluation Team (SET) is comprised of stakeholders with expertise in our procurement, quality assurance, product development processes and other areas as needed.
To build positive long-term relationships, local supplier quality engineers oversee operations and perform initial and regular risk assessments and on-site audits with the suppliers in their region. They also conduct regular performance evaluations and follow up on improvement activities.
All suppliers must acknowledge CommScope’s Supplier Code of Conduct. Our Supplier Quality Manual also outlines some of the basic CommScope expectations, with any variations being outlined in the individual supplier purchasing agreement. All relevant suppliers are expected to follow principles and requirements detailed in our Conflict Minerals Policy, Environmental Product Compliance Specification for Materials and Products including Restricted Substances List; and shall use the Full Material Disclosure Form to submit material content of the parts and/or materials supplied to CommScope.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Conflict Minerals Policy (March 03, 2014)
Transparency in Supply Chain
CommScope is committed to conducting its business in an ethical, legal and socially responsible manner. We expect our suppliers to share this commitment; therefore, we have established our Supplier Code of Conduct.
CommScope suppliers are expected to adhere to this code, which requires them to conduct their businesses in accordance with the highest standards of ethical behavior and with the applicable laws and regulations of the countries, states and localities in which they operate. This includes, but is not limited to, laws and regulations relating to anti-corruption, environmental protection, occupational health and safety, and labor practices. We also expect our suppliers to take steps to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their operations and supply chain.
Responsible Minerals Sourcing
CommScope complies with the conflict minerals provisions in the Dodd Frank Act enacted in the U.S. This act requires publicly traded companies to disclose the source of certain minerals incorporated in or used to produce their products.
As a globally active, socially responsible company, CommScope partners only with reputable organizations to source the minerals and raw materials we use. Since we provide telecommunications equipment, our solutions may include gold, tin, tantalum or tungsten. These minerals are either necessary for product functionality or may be used in the production process.
We expect our suppliers to follow the same standard. This includes:
- Avoiding the use of conflict minerals by sourcing materials only from environmentally and socially responsible suppliers
- Complying with Dodd-Frank regulations regarding conflict minerals and providing CommScope with legally required compliance documentation
- Conducting a reasonable country-of-origin inquiry (RCOI) to determine the source of tungsten, tantalum, tin and gold (commonly referred to as the 3TGs)
We use the Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Reporting Template upheld by the Electronic Industry Citizen Coalition as a standard questionnaire for conducting an RCOI.
As we continue to expand and grow into new markets, we’re working diligently to support diversity within our supplier relationships. Through our Supplier Diversity Program, we promote mutually beneficial relationships with small businesses and those owned by minorities, women and veterans.
CommScope’s Supplier Diversity Mission Statement
CommScope is committed to providing equal access to all suppliers and to promoting diversity in our supply base. Developing a diverse business community contributes to the overall growth and expansion of our markets. CommScope offers all businesses, including minority, woman, and veteran-owned businesses an opportunity to compete on an equal basis. If you have specific questions about our Diversity program, please contact us at SupplierDiversity@commscope.com.
We follow RFP, RFQ and RFI processes to solicit bids and are continually looking for ways to strengthen the diversity, talent and responsiveness of our supplier pool for the following activities:
Compounders, Die casting and milling, Hardware, Machining, Metal fabrication, Metal stamping, Metals, OEM connectors, Packaging, PCBs and PCBAs, Plastic components, Polymers
Building maintenance, Consulting, Freight carrier logistics, Industrial supplies, Insurance, Janitorial services, Legal assistance, Marketing materials, Office supplies, Safety supplies, Software
Needs change over time along with our evolving business, so view our supplier diversity brochure and register with us if you are a certified diverse supplier. Your profile will remain in our database and our sourcing team will contact you should appropriate opportunities arise.
Before you consider joining our supplier team, please review our selection criteria. CommScope’s partners must demonstrate the following qualities:
- Exceptional ethical standards
- A commitment to our quality standards, delivery schedules and continuous improvement
- Competitive pricing
- Electronic communications capabilities
- Environmental stewardship
- Financial stability
- ISO certification (for production activities)
- Value-added capabilities
We use the Small Business Administration’s criteria for designating small, minority, woman-owned or disadvantaged businesses. To learn more, read the United States Code (15 U.S.C. Section 632) and the Code of Federal Regulations (13 C.F.R. Parts 121, 124 and 126).