At Corning, our nearly 170-year legacy of excellence in global manufacturing and innovative technology development is guided by a commitment to conducting business ethically and in compliance with all laws and regulations. Governance of our supply chain is integral to this philosophy, as we hold our supply chain partners to the same standards by which we judge ourselves.
All our suppliers are required to abide by our Supplier Code of Conduct and Corning’s Human Rights Policy to ensure that our global business network is conducted in a consistently legal and ethical manner. These standards form the foundation of a comprehensive process that includes compliance with all corporate policies and procedures, and an abiding belief in the integrity of our business network.
Corning has a dedicated supply chain sustainability team, which is part of the company's global supply management organization. The team is led by the Jeanne Estep, Director of Compliance and Sustainability, Global Supply Management. The team drives internal programs designed to ensure supply chain sustainability (social and environmental), with a particular focus on minimizing the risk of forced labor in the supply chain.
The team also collaborates with colleagues across Corning to provide ongoing oversight of the supplier management process (see Accountability). This process provides Corning senior management with real-time data regarding supplier compliance and areas of needed improvement. We continually seek input from internal and external stakeholders to further enhance our supply chain oversight and reporting processes and are committed to continuous improvement and transparency throughout our global network of supplier partners. Corning actively participates in key international organizations such as Supply Chain 50, Procurement Leaders, The Conference Board, Gartner, and National Association of Manufacturers.