Key Accomplishments: Responsible Business

Mar 9, 2021 9:00 AM ET

As featured in Qualcomm's 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

We push the boundaries of what’s possible in mobile technology. We never push the boundaries on ethics. We’re committed to creating products in ways that do not harm the environment, while upholding human rights in our operations, supply chain, and communities. We work to protect privacy and secure data, which are critical for success in the wireless industry.

Reporting on the successes of our 2020 Corporate Responsibility Goals

2020 Goals:

We will have a comprehensive understanding of the sustainability impacts in our supply chain, our human rights impacts and opportunities, and our carbon and water footprints across our value chain.

Our ethics and compliance standards will continue to be fully integrated into our global business operations where we have a controlling interest.

Key stakeholders will have a thorough understanding of our programs and priorities. 


  • Each year, we collect data from suppliers (top 90 percent of total product-related spend) on supply chain GHG emissions and water use attributable to Qualcomm.
  • We conducted two Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA), one on a company-wide basis and one on a market-level basis, to identify and address salient human rights risks in our direct and indirect operations.
  • We determined our carbon and water footprints across our global operations.
  • Every two years we revise The Qualcomm Way: Our Code of Business Conduct (COBC), and 99 percent of employees completed a policy training and certification process accordingly.
  • Each year, we provide information on our programs and priorities to stakeholders through our Corporate Responsibility Report.

Introducing our 2025 Corporate Responsibility Goals

2025 Goals:

Ensure 100 percent of primary semiconductor manufacturing suppliers are audited every two years for conformance to the Supplier Code of Conduct.

Reduce our absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions from our global operations by 30 percent, compared to a 2014 baseline.

Learn more about Qualcomm's responsible business strategy

To learn more about Qualcomm’s 2025 goals and ESG performance in 2020, access the full report here.