Supplier Responsibility

Supplier Responsibility

Suppliers are critical partners in Corning’s value chain. We expect our suppliers to follow the same principles and laws that we do regarding fair treatment of workers, providing a safe and healthy work environment, and operating in an environmentally responsible manner.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Corning maintains the highest levels of integrity in all of our business relationships and expects our supplier partners to share our standards for business integrity and ethics. All of Corning’s Suppliers must agree to act in accordance with the principles and requirements set forth in the Supplier Code of Conduct. The Supplier Code of Conduct is available in 13 different languages. Corning clearly communicates its expectations of all potential suppliers to abide by the policies in the Supplier Code of Conduct at multiple times within the sourcing process, including strategic sourcing events, the initial supplier onboarding process, and within the standard terms and conditions integrated into 100% of Corning’s contracts and purchase orders.

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Statement on Human Trafficking and Slavery in Supply Chains

(Published in Compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chain and United Kingdom Modern Slavery Acts)
Corning is committed to policies and procedures that assure human rights compliance in our operations and in our supply chain. This includes oversight to identify and avoid all types of slavery and human trafficking, including forced labor, child labor, sex trafficking and workplace abuse.

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Global Pandemic Preparedness

In the event of a global pandemic, Corning Incorporated will institute its Global Pandemic Plan. Corning urges all its suppliers to also develop a global pandemic plan. A sound business continuity plan and preparedness plan is prudent management and helps minimize disruption to our supply chain.

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Compliance with Customs Law

Corning Incorporated requires full compliance with U.S. Customs law. Whenever Corning is the U.S. Importer of Record, we enlist the assistance of our foreign suppliers to ensure full compliance. Complete instructions for all suppliers regarding compliance with U.S. import requirements can be found on the Corning Routing Guide page.

Transaction Requirements

Suppliers play an important role to ensure purchase transactions accurately represent contractual requirements, are error free, and facilitate timely payments. Corning’s policies require that all goods and/or services be purchased using an approved Purchase Order or P-Card.

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Payment Options

Corning encourages the use of electronic funds transfer, as part of the enrollment process you can choose to utilize electronic banking or have us send you a check.

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Supplier Training

To promote social responsibility within its supply chain, Corning provides ongoing training to its management leadership and employees, as well as supply chain partners.

Supply Chain Social Responsibility Supplier Training – High risk suppliers are currently being trained on forced labor/slavery and human rights/trafficking as part of our third-party audit program. Beginning in 2020, Corning will expand awareness training on forced labor/slavery and human rights/trafficking to all strategic preferred suppliers to ensure Corning’s supply chains reflect our values and respect human rights.

Information Security Policy and Procedures Supplier Training – This e-briefing focuses on our Rules of Engagement, which define suppliers’ responsibilities for protecting Corning restricted information.


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The selection and onboarding process is the best time to ensure that Corning Values and the values of our suppliers are aligned. As part of the selection process, suppliers are screened to identify potential risks early and ensure that suppliers meet Corning’s standards, including those related to supply chain social responsibility.

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For more information regarding Corning’s supplier policies, procedures, and guidelines, visit the Download Library.

Policies & Statements

Policies & Statements

Supplier Code of Conduct

Our supplier code of conduct sets the standard for how Corning and its supplier partners around the world work together to develop and deliver products and services responsibly.

Conflict Minerals Policy

We strive to ensure that our supply chain fulfills our commitment to respect human rights through responsible sourcing practices. 

Human Trafficking and Slavery

Corning is committed to policies and procedures that promote human rights compliance in our operations and in our supply chain. 

Human Rights Policy

At Corning, we pledge to uphold the highest standards for fundamental human rights and view them as a key component of a socially responsible supply chain.


Data Privacy Policy

Protecting the privacy of personal and business data within our supplier network is a key priority at Corning.

Information Security Policy

The purpose of this policy is to minimize the risk of Corning confidential information being lost or stolen through interactions with suppliers, contractors, and consultants.

Grievance Hotline

Suppliers, and other relevant stakeholders, can submit any questions or report any violation or grievance to Corning's confidential and anonymous Code of Conduct Line 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

(Country Code) +1-888-296-8173 or online at