Qorvo prides itself on the success of its social and environmental programs and performance. However, we cannot do it alone. We are a team — Qorvo and its suppliers — working together to satisfy the needs and requirements of the most technologically advanced customers in the world.

    Whether you do business with Qorvo directly or indirectly, how you conduct business is important to us. Learn more about our supply chain expectations related to social responsibility, responsible sourcing, and product compliance using the drop downs below.

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    Supplier Engagement

    When establishing relationships with new suppliers, we educate them on Qorvo’s requirements for maintaining safe, ethical and humane business practices. These requirements are communicated through multiple channels, including Qorvo’s supplier portals, standard terms & conditions, supplier contracts, and other related documents.

    We also engage with industry groups such as the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and other organizations to discuss supply chain standards and share best practices with our industry peers.

    Supplier Training

    We provide a variety of training opportunities and tools to help suppliers comply with Qorvo’s standards. As a member of the RBA, we also leverage RBA training programs to help suppliers understand the RBA code of conduct, labor risks, workers’ rights, responsible mineral sourcing and more.

    Supplier Requirements

    At Qorvo, we strive to ensure clear communication of requirements to our suppliers. To meet Qorvo’s expectations on product compliance, responsible sourcing, and social responsibility, Qorvo suppliers are required to:

    • Comply with Qorvo's:
      • Banned and Restricted Substances specification (SPE-001275).
        • Substances listed in SPE-001275 have legal requirements mandating their disclosure to various environmental and safety organizations. Qorvo is required to disclose the presence of all materials listed in this specification and therefore, our suppliers are required to do the same. Refer to the Qorvo Banned and Restricted Substances List, for a list of all substances of which Qorvo is aware, that fit into the categories listed in SPE-001275. Both documents are updated annually.
      • 3rd Party Test Report Specification (SPE-001202)
        • Third-party lab reports are required for components/materials used to manufacture Qorvo products. These reports should be conducted at the homogenous material level for: RoHS substances (including the four phthalates added in 2019: DEHP, BBP, DBP, and DIBP), Bromine and Chlorine, Antimony, and Beryllium. For details on testing requirements for specific material types, refer to SPE-001202.
      • RBA Code of Conduct.
      • Supplier Expectations for Responsible Mineral Sourcing (SPE-001288)
      • Packaging regulations (Qorvo SubContract Assemblers only)
        • Packaging materials must meet the requirements of < 0.1 ppm dimethyl fumarate and <80 ppm combined concentration of cadmium, mercury, lead and hexavalent chromium. Related laws and regulations are listed under Supplier Resources below.
    • Provide Qorvo with:
      • Certificates of Compliance (CoCs)
        • CoCs state whether products supplied to Qorvo are RoHS Compliant (including whether any exemptions are used to achieve compliance), Halogen-free, Antimony-free, contain any REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), and / or PFOS- and PFOA-free. A single CoC stating compliance to all requirements is preferred and should be updated annually, or upon request.
      • Full Material Declarations (FMDs)
        • FMDs contain information to determine the composition of the materials that will be added to Qorvo product. A FMD is required for any component going into Qorvo product, and must account for 100% of the weight of that component. See the IPC-1752 standard under Supplier Resources below for an example of an acceptable material declaration format.
      • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
        • Suppliers of materials and process chemicals must supply Qorvo with MSDS or SDS that contain sufficient information to determine the composition of the materials that will be added to Qorvo product.
    Supplier Monitoring

    Social Responsibility

    As a member of the RBA, Qorvo aligns with the RBA Code of Conduct and requires such compliance in its Supplier Code of Conduct. The RBA code looks at key elements such as labor, heath and safety, environment, ethics and management systems, and is foundational to Qorvo’s commitment to protecting human rights and the environment.

    All new Qorvo suppliers must complete an RBA developed Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) prior to being approved. Strategic suppliers are required to complete this questionnaire annually. Additional actions, such as corrective actions or third-party audits, may be required depending on the level of risk identified. RBA membership requires Qorvo to audit a certain percentage of "high risk" suppliers. However, Qorvo understands the importance of third-party monitoring and requests all strategic suppliers participate in the RBA Validated Assessment Program to verify compliance against the RBA code. Audits are completed on a two-year cadence.

    Responsible Sourcing

    Qorvo has aligned its Responsible Minerals Program with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, and our suppliers are expected to do the same.

    Conflict Minerals

    On a bi-annual basis, we assess supplier conflict minerals data against Qorvo's policies and expectations for responsible 3TG sourcing. Suppliers are required to submit a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) identifying the 3TG smelters/refiners used for materials supplied to Qorvo. We review supplier CMRTs to determine the level of risk and identify potential gaps with compliance. The results of our reviews are communicated to suppliers, along with any feedback and/or actions that may be required. For details on our review process, refer to Qorvo's CMRT Review Criteria (SPE-001287).

    Emerging Risks

    Qorvo has updated its responsible minerals program to extend beyond the scope of 3TG. As a result, surveys for additional minerals may be required of suppliers. However, suppliers will be notified by Qorvo if/when they are expected to submit such due diligence information on additional minerals used in their supply chains (i.e., cobalt).

    Supplier Resources

    Below you will find a list of resources relating to Qorvo's supply chain requirements, as well as various external sources that may help you better understand the legal and regulatory drivers behind our efforts.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding these topics, please contact our team at QorvoGreen@sddtcm.com

    Hazardous Substances
    RoHS Directive
    REACH Regulation
    REACH SVHCs

    Material Declarations
    IPC-1752 IPC Material Declaration Standard

    Lab Reports
    GaAs Lab Report Example

    Packaging
    EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC)

    Social Responsibility
    Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct
    Global e-Sustainability Initiative
    ISO 26000
    SA 8000
    Global Reporting Initiative

    Responsible Minerals
    Supplier Guide for 3TG Reporting
    SEC Final Rule
    OECD Due Diligence Guidance
    Responsible Minerals Initiative
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