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Seagate Commitment to UNGC and EICC
As an industry leader, Seagate is committed to developing and maintaining sustainable, responsible practices in its global operations. Key areas of emphasis include human resources, green-enabling storage products, health and safety, governance, the environment, community involvement, and much more. As such, Seagate is a signatory to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Code of Conduct and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and supports their principles and standards.
2013 Global Citizenship Annual Report
The Global Citizenship Annual Report is Seagate’s official yearly update on our programs, progress and priorities in corporate social responsibility.
Seagate’s community engagement program addresses the varied interests of employees and the growing needs of our local communities. Known as Capacity to Care, our program aligns Seagate’s giving with employees’ localized interests, leveraging the impact of our combined financial, product and volunteer contributions.
Seagate has employees dedicated to community involvement in almost all our regions. Please contact our team with any questions you have about the company’s Corporate Giving Program or to get more involved.
Colorado – Longmont
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Minnesota – Shakopee & Normandale
Massachusetts – Shrewsbury
Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
California – Corporate/Cupertino, Fremont, Scotts Valley and All Other Regions
Funding Criteria and Application Procedure
Where Our Resources Are Focused
Capacity to Care emphasizes causes and programs with a direct presence and direct, immediate benefit to the communities in which we have operations. Grant and/or donation requests must align to one of our four key areas of focus.
Volunteerism is a priority within Seagate’s philanthropic program and we look for partnerships that include opportunities for our employees to get involved.
Funding Criteria: What We Look for in Each Request
To be eligible for contributions from Seagate’s Corporate Giving Program, nonprofit organizations should:
- Maintain program expenses at or below 20%.
- Demonstrate a clear objective and strategy and have tools in place to measure, track and report the impact of a contribution.
- Operate within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of those communities where Seagate maintains a significant business presence.
- Hold tax-exempt status under IRC section 501(c)(3), or the non-US equivalent charity designation.
- Seagate generally does not support organizations that raise funds for redistribution to other organizations.
- Seagate generally does not make multi-year commitments to organizations.
- Organizations, or events sponsored by organizations, that discriminate by race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or nationality will not be considered.
- Seagate generally does not contribute to political parties, religious or labor organizations; luncheons, banquets or other forms of indirect support; private foundations; endowment funds or capital fund drives; organizations whose primary mission is to raise funds; special interest groups; athletic teams or events; individuals; travel funds; or courtesy advertising-related projects.
Requests for Seagate support should be submitted in the form of a letter using organizational letterhead. Email requests are preferred.
To be considered, the request must include the following elements:
- A brief description of the organization, its mission and population served.
- Information indicative of the organization’s current support structure, such as a listing of board members and other contributors who have found the organization’s operations worthy of financial support.
- Cash amount, or specific products, equipment and/or services requested, and the intended use.
- Information on the expected outcome of the project or program, and how this outcome will be measured.
- Description of how your organization, program, project or event aligns with the Seagate’s stated giving objectives and priorities.
- Copy of organization’s IRC 501(c)(3) letter or other documentation substantiating tax exemption status.
Other Important Information
- Seagate reviews donation and sponsorship requests on a quarterly basis. Submissions/proposals must be received by the close of the quarter (our fiscal quarters conclude at the end of each September, December, March and June. Organizations will be notified of the status of their request by the close of the following quarter.
- Requests that do not fulfill the Funding Criteria or requirements outlined in the Application Procedure will not be considered in the review process.
- Organizations receiving support from Seagate will be asked to submit an Impact Report following the implementation or completion of their program or event.
- Please do not send videos, CDs, books, or binders. If we would like to review additional support materials based on your initial letter of request, we will contact you to request them.
Capacity to Care has four key areas of focus:
- Get Smart – Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for children
- Tread Lightly – Reducing our impact on the planet
- Be Well – Encouraging healthy lifestyles and wellness among employees and within our communities
- Reach Out – Helping those most in need
Capacity to Care emphasizes employee volunteerism as well as corporate giving. It is a broad-based program that makes a difference in our local communities.
Some of the many areas of support and service the company and its employees have engaged in include mentoring and supporting local schools and science fairs; assisting the elderly and disabled by improving facilities and offering programs and events; preparing food for the hungry; rebuilding homes, schools and other facilities in underserved areas; recycling and beach clean-ups; fundraising for cancer research and medical care for needy children; and much, much more.
You can read annual program highlights in our Global Citizenship Annual Reports
Resources by Key Area of Focus
In FY 2011, the programs supported by Seagate globally reflected the company’s four key focus areas in the following ratios:
The majority of Seagate’s cash giving in FY2011 was in support of programs emphasizing education, including but not limited to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) programs.
Green Is More Than Low-Power Hard Drives
Seagate leads the storage industry in strategic environmental compliance and transparency, with full materials disclosure and automated, standardized reporting.Watch the video
Seagate is committed to enabling sustainability while being your environmentally friendly storage technology company. Our practices have been recognized in the industry, resulting in awards such as inclusion in the annual CRN Data Center 100 list. We do this through investments and innovation unmatched in our industry:
- Developing hard drives throughout our product line with technology that enables more energy–efficient storage solutions without the performance sacrifices you find with other brands of hard drives.
- Bold leadership and vision in implementing environmentally protective manufacturing practices. Rather than a reactive approach to environmental compliance, Seagate has created a proactive product development process that integrates environmental care into the entire lifecycle of its products.
- Partnering with global environmentally focused organizations to reduce our impact on the earth.
Seagate Full Materials Disclosure
Full materials disclosure is an eco–protective practice that spans all of our drive categories and provides visibility throughout the supply chain to the substances used in manufacturing hard drives. We go above and beyond what other manufacturers are willing to do, and because of this unique approach, Seagate has been recognized as a global leader in green manufacturing and production in the following reports:
Seagate Green Product Innovation
Seagate® Pulsar®,Savvio®, Constellation® and Cheetah® enterprise drives reduce data center power and cooling by up to 92 percent with features like PowerTrim™ and on–demand PowerChoice™ technologies. Seagate Self–Encrypting Drives (SED) with instant SecureErase™ technology are available across all enterprise drive families. A single command makes data inaccessible, allowing SEDs to be securely repurposed or reused.
Seagate Barracuda® hard drives combine industry–leading power efficiency, a 20 percent performance advantage over competitors' "green" drives, and simple Advanced Format 4K integration and upgrade capability with Seagate SmartAlign™ technology.
Seagate Momentus® hard drives are low–power by nature. Seagate Secure™ Self–Encrypting Drive models with instant SecureErase technology, which makes data inaccessible, can be securely repurposed or reused, extending the life of the drive.
With Seagate consumer electronics products, there is no compromise between performance and power while reducing your eco–footprint. The Seagate Pipeline HD® drive offers optimal performance balanced with best–in–class power savings, acoustics and drive–case temperatures.
Seagate external storage solutions feature all of the inherent benefits of our desktop and notebook storage. Additional environmentally friendly advantages include streamlined packaging that minimizes material waste and reduces fuel costs while being 100 percent recyclable, and Energy Star–compliant AC power adaptors for low power consumption.
ISO + OHSAS Certification
Seagate believes that a Management Systems approach is the only sustainable way to manage an effective Quality and EHS program within an organization. Seagate utilizes the Enterprise certification model to certify its Design Centers to ISO 9001 standards and its manufacturing sites to the IS0 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.
ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized standard for the quality management of businesses whose requirements are aimed at achieving customer satisfaction by preventing nonconformity at all stages from design through servicing. ISO 9000 certification is sought to demonstrate capability to our customers and as a mechanism for internal improvement. The benefits of registration are greater customer satisfaction, measurable objectives, improved product quality, increased operating efficiencies, improved profitability, as well as providing a platform for excellence. Seagate's ISO 9000 Certificates are shown below, please click on the links.
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ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized Environmental Management System standard that aims to assist companies implement a management system to reduce their environmental impact, continually improve their environmental performance, while complying with all applicable legislation. Seagate's ISO14001certificates are shown below, please click on the links:
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OHSAS 18001 is similar standard which focuses on the Occupational Health and Safety Management System that aims to control occupational health and safety risks, while promoting continuous improvements and compliance to legal requirements. This certification which is provided by a 3rd party is a demonstration by the company to its stakeholders that an effective management system has been implemented to manage the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) aspects of the organization's activities. All Seagate manufacturing sites are ISO14001:2004 and OHSAS18001:2007 certified. Seagate's OHSAS18001 certificates are shown below, please click on the links:
|Asia Site||Original Certification Date||Link to Certificate|
California Supply Chain Transparency Act Disclosure
On January 1, 2012, the California Supply Chain Transparency Act of 2010 (SB 657) will be in effect in California. The law increases the amount and visibility of information available to consumers from manufacturers and retailers about efforts to address slavery and human trafficking across their supply chains.
We believe that all workers have the right to voluntary employment, a workplace free of harassment and unlawful discrimination, and join or be represented by workers councils or labor unions in accordance with local laws. Our established policies, including our Human Rights policy and Code of Business Conduct and Ethics communicate the company's position and expectations for conformance to Seagate employees and other stakeholders. Employee conformance with the Seagate Code of Business Conduct and other company policies is enforced by our global Human Resources l Coaching and Discipline Policy.
We work with a worldwide network of companies supplying products, materials and services. Seagate is committed to the tenets of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct (Code) and has adopted the Code as its supplier code of conduct. Over the past five years, we have engaged with suppliers to drive responsible, sustainable business practices that align with Code standards about the avoidance of child and forced labor.
Seagate’s supply chain management framework, which follows EICC guidelines, includes:
Procurement Staff Training
- We continuously educate employees involved in Supply Chain Management about the Code, using internally developed material and an EICC course, which includes content about child and forced labor, and slavery.
- Recently, we introduced an e-learning course created by United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and End Human Trafficking Now (EHTN!) on Human Trafficking.
- Suppliers are required to acknowledge and operate within Code requirements, which prohibit child and forced labor.
- We require suppliers to certify compliance with Seagate’s Conflict-Free Minerals Policy, which prohibits the use of tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold from any source whose supply chain -- back to the mines of origin of the minerals used to produce these metals -- contributes to human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.
Supplier Capacity Building
Key suppliers* have been trained by Seagate Commodity Managers about Code requirements, using internally developed materials. These Suppliers are required to use the training in their organizations to drive awareness and conformance with the Code. Completion of the training is tracked by the Compliance Manager tool.
Supplier Risk Assessments
Key suppliers* are required to complete the EICC Self-Assessment Questionnaire, which serves as a risk-assessment tool to identify gaps in supplier programs related to Code conformance. Follow-up action is taken with these suppliers to develop corrective action plans to address gaps.
Supplier compliance is periodically validated using the EICC’s third-party audit Validated Audit Process (VAP). These announced, prearranged audits review compliance with the Code and local regulations, and include an assessment of child and forced labor.
* Key suppliers are defined using an internal matrix. After applying our criteria, the list includes 80% of direct suppliers by spend; suppliers contracted to provide services or material input for Seagate finished goods or services; and others who utilize foreign and migrant labor
Seagate Policy Statement on Conflict Minerals
As a member of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition, Seagate is committed to global social responsibility. In accordance with the EICC Code of Conduct, Seagate prohibits the use of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold in revenue products whose supply chains contribute to human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries. Validated conflict-free sources within the DRC or adjoining countries are acceptable.
Seagate expects its suppliers to implement policies and effectively control its supply chain consistent with this prohibition. Supplier controls should follow the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, second edition (available here: http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/mne/GuidanceEdition2.pdf).
Conflict Minerals Stakeholder Statement
With major operations in six countries spanning North America, Asia and Europe, Seagate has great diversity among its employees world-wide, its local communities, and its global customer base.
Seagate is committed to having a diverse workforce that reflects its external stakeholders. The company is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment where all employees are valued and participate fully in the Seagate employment experience.
Similarly, Seagate encourages diversity in its supplier base as well. Seagate recognizes the value of, and buying power generated through, minority owned businesses and firms. Diverse suppliers in the United States are welcome to participate in Seagate’s competitive bidding process, including businesses owned and operated by minorities, women, gays and lesbians, and veterans, or small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones.
Seagate contracts with diverse suppliers who qualify and successfully compete for Seagate’s business. Seagate gains access to solutions that meet its customers’ requirements, and is provided additional sources of high quality goods and services. Diverse suppliers are provided opportunities to grow their businesses and create jobs, which in turn strengthen the communities where Seagate operates.
Seagate also recommends its US suppliers use a diverse supply base in their procurement process.