Ixia California Transparency in Supply Chains Policy Statement
Ixia is a global company where we take pride not just in our products and services, but in our strong core values. Honesty, integrity, and the fair treatment of others are just a few of the values we expect of our employees, business partners, customers, and suppliers.
In January 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the “Act”) became law. As a result, manufacturers like Ixia are required to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their product supply chains.
The following are highlights of our efforts in this area.
Ixia strongly believes in the fair treatment of all persons working in our product supply chains. Historically, our contracts with suppliers in our product supply chains have typically required those suppliers to comply with all applicable laws in connection with their provision of products and services to Ixia. Now, the contracts that we enter into with such suppliers also typically require them to abide by the principles set forth in the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct. The EICC is a conglomerate of organizations in the electronics industry that have joined together in the promotion of ethical business practices, including acceptable working conditions and environmental awareness in supply chains. Among other things, the EICC Code of Conduct prohibits slavery and human trafficking.
Ixia requires certain randomly selected suppliers (“Selected Suppliers”) to either (i) complete and submit to Ixia an EICC Self-Assessment Questionnaire, or (ii) provide proof of EICC certification to Ixia. The questionnaire helps us determine the degree to which Selected Suppliers comply with the EICC Code of Conduct, including the prohibitions on slavery and human trafficking set forth therein. All Selected Supplier questionnaires are reviewed by Ixia, and not by a third party. If any responses do not appear to comply with the EICC Code of Conduct, Ixia will contact the Selected Supplier for further review.
Ixia periodically audits certain of our key suppliers to confirm their compliance with the EICC Code of Conduct. The audits are announced and conducted by Ixia personnel. Suppliers who fail to adhere to the EICC Code of Conduct may be provided an opportunity to remediate issues identified during the inspection process. Suppliers who refuse to satisfactorily remediate identified issues are subject to removal from Ixia’s supply chain.
As discussed above, we have typically required our suppliers in our product supply chains to commit that they will comply with all applicable laws in connection with their provision of products and services to Ixia. Further, Selected Suppliers must describe their compliance with, or provide a certification with respect to, the EICC Code of Conduct.
Ixia requires its employees to follow the standards and principles set forth in Ixia’s Code of Business Conduct, which requires ethical behavior, the maintenance of a healthy and safe working environment, and compliance with all applicable laws. Employees who fail to comply with this Code are subject to disciplinary action.
All Ixia employees are required to participate in training on Ixia’s Code of Business Conduct. Ixia also provides its employees who have direct responsibility for supply chain management with job specific training on Ixia’s requirements and policies pertaining to supply chain management, including Ixia’s policy of identifying and addressing any inappropriate treatment of persons working in our product supply chains.
Last Revised: April 29, 2015