Making progress on ESG matters is a priority supported by the highest levels of SGH management. Guided by our ESG Steering Committee, which includes senior executives from our Finance, Human Resources (HR), Supply Chain, Marketing, and Legal teams, we continue to deliver and improve on our ESG commitments each year by integrating sustainability into our business practices. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (NCGC) oversees our ESG strategy, and the ESG Steering Committee reports on the Company’s ESG program to the NCGC at least twice a year. The NCGC discusses our annual ESG goals and other ESG matters and provides relevant updates to the full SGH Board.
For over a decade, we have been a proud member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains. The RBA is committed to upholding and implementing industry best practices for management systems, business ethics, fair labor practices, safe working conditions, and environmental responsibility.
We value our role as a trusted business partner and prioritize ethical decision making, integrity, and compliance in our daily practices. Our policies reduce risk and allow us to maintain high standards of conduct in all of our business operations. We encourage all stakeholders to report any unethical or illegal behavior through our whistleblower hotline. The hotline is open to employees, customers, partners, and suppliers alike. Reports can be made online at www.smartm.alertline.com or via a toll-free hotline from anywhere SGH or one of its subsidiaries has a physical presence.
We are meticulous when it comes to protecting our employees from risk of exposure to potentially harmful substances. Our robust quality, environment, health and safety (QEHS) program reflects our commitment to our employees, stakeholders and communities as well as the natural environments in which we operate. It is aligned with ISO principles in order to support the development, implementation, monitoring, and improvement of QEHS targets and objectives.
We are proud that our manufacturing facilities are certified to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards. We conduct annual internal and external audits to maintain these certifications and ensure our QEHS Management System is operating to the fullest extent.
Suppliers of SGH are required to engage in ethical business practices and maintain compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for suppliers of SGH. Our suppliers must meet the standards set forth in this code of conduct before we will consider conducting business with them. As members of the RBA, we have aligned our Supplier Code of Conduct, as well as our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and Human and Workforce Labor Rights Policy, with the RBA’s Code of Conduct and require all SGH suppliers to follow the RBA Code of Conduct, its practices, and its principles.
Protecting the security of our systems and networks is an increasingly important effort in the rapidly evolving digital climate. Taking steps to protect the safety of the data of our customers and partners, as well as our proprietary and confidential information, is more consequential than ever. At SGH, security is not an afterthought – by integrating security at every phase of production, from design to delivery, we are able to mitigate risk and provide for the security and resilience of our business.
In 2021, we launched a Cybersecurity Risk Management Committee (Cybersecurity Committee) to oversee SGH’s global information technology (IT) strategy. The Cybersecurity Committee is responsible for enterprise cybersecurity, privacy, data collection and protection, and compliance with information security and data protection laws. The Cybersecurity Committee meets regularly throughout the year and presents to the Board of Directors twice per year on emerging cybersecurity concerns and compliance topics, updates to the company’s IT policies and procedures, and other relevant matters. The Cybersecurity Committee also oversees and provides support for the implementation of our Information Security Risk Management framework, which is aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and ISO standards.