2/1/2012 7:49:00 AM
Effective January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act requires many companies doing business in California to provide information regarding their activities to ensure their supply chain is free from slavery and human trafficking. This law affects all companies that do business in California and whose worldwide gross receipts exceed $100 million. That includes a lot of semiconductor and high tech companies in our area, so I was curious to see how companies are complying.
I tried a quick search on "CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act semiconductor" and found the following on the first page, in order of appearance: Vishay, ON Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Applied Materials, Cypress Semiconductor, Micron and Global Foundries. I'd expected to find Apple there. After all, Gartner just announced in a January 24 press release that Apple was the top semiconductor customer of 2011, moving up from third place in 2010. And, they've certainly been in the news lately for the human rights issues that their supply chain audit uncovered.
Checking back on the requirements of the law, I found that no specific language is required to be compliant, but it does require that the disclosure appear on the company's home page, and that it is conspicuous and easily understood. Looking through the homepages of both the top 10 semiconductor customers of 2011 that Gartner identified and the hits on my initial search, Apple stands out as one of the best examples of compliance, while others don't appear to be in compliance at all. Interesting.