Combatting Forced and Bonded Labor

One of the key areas that Intel is focused on is combatting forced and bonded labor in the supply chain - looking after the workers in our supply chain who’ve obtained their jobs at a price. They’ve had to pay fees to be recruited and to keep their jobs, and sometimes they have even had to give up their passports. In the time Intel has been working on combatting forced and bonded labor, we’ve ...seen over $14 million returned to more than 12,000 workers in our supply chain. For those workers, that represents, on average, about 3 months of their base pay that they got back. In total, for all the things that Intel has done in terms of correcting contracts, getting passports returned, and improving living conditions, we feel we have impacted more than 35,000 workers in our supply chain.

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If you want to make an impact, you've got and have good, strong principles. You've got to know where you're trying to go and then you have to be persistent.

So one of the key areas that we focused on is combating forced and bonded labor in the supply chain. Looking after the workers in our supply chain who've come about their jobs at a price. They've had to pay fees to be recruited and to keep their jobs, and often sometimes even had to give up their passports as kind of a bond and a guarantee that they won't run away from a particular factory.

Intel is highly committed to improving the state of the supply chain. Being a good corporate citizen-- expecting the same of our suppliers. We do find ourselves oftentimes as seemingly the only customer who's pushing on this issue.

We try hard to bring others along with us, but there are definitely cases where we are the sole customer pushing on this issue at a supplier. And there's 100, 200, 300 foreign workers, and we don't know what's going to happen to them if we walk away.

Since we've been working on combating forced and bonded labor, we've seen over $14 million returned over 12,000 workers in our supply chain. For those workers, that represents on average about three months of their base pay that they got back.

In total for all the things that we've done in terms of correcting contracts, getting passports returned, improving living conditions, we feel we've impacted over 35,000 workers in our supply chain. We are committed to stay a leader on this, work with other companies who are willing to do the same, and then share what we've learned and how we've achieved it in order that we can continue the positive momentum in tackling this.

Don't do what's easy. Do what's going to have an impact.