Labor and Human Rights

Labor and Human Rights

Worker, ST Shenzhen, China

Labor and Human Rights

Labor & Human Rights

Our Ambition

Be recognized as a leader in labor and human rights and apply a zero tolerance approach to forced labor.

2025 GOAL


of ST manufacturing sites recognized by external international bodies


2/11 sites with RBA Platinum recognition.

We are convinced that companies play a vital role in implementing and respecting labor and human rights. Our programs, therefore, aim to ensure all our employees are treated with respect and dignity. I 103-1 I

The main management systems and programs we use to monitor, control and improve labor conditions in our operations are:

  • a corporate Labor and Human Rights policy deployed throughout our operations (available on
  • an internal audit program on labor and human rights, targeting our 11 main manufacturing sites
  • Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) human rights self-assessments at all major ST sites, and third-party RBA audits at all our manufacturing sites
  • multiple initiatives to uphold human rights and mitigate risks in regions where we operate (see Focus)
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Supporting our employees during the pandemic

In the context of the pandemic, we stepped up our efforts to protect employees whose living conditions may have been affected by directives from local authorities. As such, we implemented many initiatives to support our most vulnerable employees, and we increased our focus on maintaining salaries, holidays and benefits.

Some of our sites went further and implemented additional exceptional measures. For example, at our Muar site (Malaysia), we granted salary advances to the most economically vulnerable categories of employees, in particular migrant workers, to anticipate their basic needs and enable them to better prepare for lockdown measures. We also made sure that similar protection measures were put in place by our direct suppliers in Malaysia, for whom we introduced a training program to increase awareness of our social standards.

Our Ang Mo Kio site (Singapore) supported migrant workers from Malaysia who decided to stay in Singapore when the border closed by providing free hotel accommodation, together with a cost of living allowance (S$200) to cover the increased cost of living in Singapore. For Malaysian workers who couldn’t cross the border to work, the site provided financial assistance of S$350 per month.


due diligence


Integrating human rights into our business

As a member of the RBA since 2005, we enforce the most advanced standards and have a comprehensive due diligence process that covers nine core principles.

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Our approach

We apply a process based on RBA methodology to continually improve our management system.

  • We commit to the RBA code of conduct and integrate its principles into our internal policies.
  • We conduct regular risk assessments.
    • Our external risk assessment is based on inherent risks of activity and location.
    • The RBA self-assessment questionnaires, which our sites complete each year, cover 89% of our employees. In 2020, our sites scored from 90 to 96/100, which is better than the industry average of 88/100.


of employees covered by audits

  • We run audit programs covering our 11 main manufacturing sites (81% of our employees).
    • Our internal audits monitor compliance with our Labor and Human Rights policy and are followed up with timely and adequate corrective actions.
    • RBA (VAP 6.0) third-party audits are conducted on each manufacturing site every two years with appropriate audit follow-up, including corrective action plans and closure audits. Our average RBA audit score is above the industry average: +44 points in initial audits and +23 points in closure audits.
Sara Tedeschi, Sustainability Champion, Senior Specialist, ADG Quality and Reliability, Catania (Italy) (portrait)
Sara Tedeschi

Sustainability Champion, Senior Specialist, ADG Quality and Reliability, Catania (Italy)

To continue our socially responsible journey, despite the pandemic, we used the opportunity of the labor and human rights internal audit program to capitalize on our strengths and transparently share our weaknesses in order to improve our performance. The feedback and results we received will help us to continue moving forward in line with our new slogan: #noinoncifermiamo, or #nothingcanstopus!”

Our risks and actions

In 2020, the main risks we identified and the preventive and corrective actions we implemented are described in the table below. I 103-2 I


Actions implemented

Control and monitoring of working hours (including rest days) during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Reinforced monitoring of working hours and rest days. Recruitment and training of additional workers.

Supplier responsibility

  • Reduction and monitoring of working hours for security guards.

Management of student allowances

  • Preparation of detailed corporate guidelines for student allowances to be deployed in 2021.

Our main third-party audit results

In 2020, our Agrate (Italy) and Ang Mo Kio (Singapore) sites scored 194/200 and 187/200 respectively in their initial audits, well above the industry average of 142/200, highlighting the low level of risk. In an initial audit at Calamba (the Philippines), no priority or major non-conformances were identified, and the audit score was 184/200.

Regarding closure audits, our Tours and Rousset sites (France) were the best performers with full compliance, for which they received RBA platinum recognition. Our other sites Crolles (France) and Catania (Italy) received RBA silver and gold recognitions respectively, and improvement plans have been implemented to reinforce existing social management systems. I 103-3 I

RBA audit results for ST operations in 2020 SDG 8.7

Number of audits: 9

Labor, Ethics and Management systems

Environment, Health and Safety

Total of major non-conformances

Total of major non-conformances

Working hours


Emergency preparedness


Supplier responsibility


Occupational safety


Machine safeguarding


Food, sanitation and housing


Figures from 2016 onwards can be found in the table in People indicators.

Monitoring our performance

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant number of third-party audits were postponed to the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021.

However, our internal audit program, related to labor and human rights, has been strengthened and standardized to help our sites improve their performance. All major sites will be audited at least every two or three years.


audit results above industry average

In 2020, we conducted four labor and human rights internal audits, all of them remotely. These audits highlighted any gaps at the sites, helped to identify areas that required improvement, and strengthened the local social responsibility culture. For 2021, we aim to audit all our other manufacturing sites.

In March 2020, we launched STCare (see Health and Safety), a new employee assistance program that aims to address psychosocial risks and improve well-being. All employees have direct access to the platform and can anonymously use the services offered, including a psychological assistance hotline, a self-assessment center, an awareness page, and e-consultations.

Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

Our commitments and programs as described above contribute to:

SDG 8 decent work and economic growth (official icon)

SDG target 8.7 – Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor.

SDG target 8.8 – Protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.

SDG 17 partnerships for the goals (official icon)

SDG target 17.16 – Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.




100% of priority, major and minor non-conformities closed during the RBA closure audit.

93% of findings closed (26/28).
Objective maintained in 2021.

100% of all manufacturing sites audited every 2 years for compliance with the RBA standard.

73%. 8/11 manufacturing sites audited.
Objective maintained in 2021.