Since its inception, TI has focused on doing what’s right. Part of my responsibility as TI’s Director of Sustainability Stakeholder Relations has been to put this mantra in context for TI’s multitude of stakeholders, including customers, investors and media. I share our performance on a variety of issues – from labor practices to water use – through reports, personal discussions and other exchanges. In turn, I also listen to each group and help address their questions and concerns with our internal experts.
Fourth quarter is my favorite time of year at TI; it’s when a variety of recognitions and rankings are announced and we are often honored for our successes in caring for our people, the environment and the communities where we operate. It’s also a time to reflect on our performance and collaboratively set a course for where we want to be.
Dow Jones Sustainability Index
One of the recognitions we pay close attention to is the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), which is regarded as the world’s most credible citizenship ranking initiative. TI was named as a component of the North America Index for the sixth consecutive year and cumulatively for the ninth time in DJSI’s 16-year history. DJSI rigorously assesses corporate economic, environmental and social performance, including corporate governance, risk management, product stewardship, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labor practices.
This year, 10 companies in the semiconductor sector (out of 49 submissions) were included in DJSI. Competition for inclusion is increasing, which has made maintaining a position within DJSI more challenging than ever.
This year TI was also ranked as a Top 100 Global and Top 100 U.S. Company, based on public perception of corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance by Reputation Institute. Reputation Institute conducts the CSR RepTrak 100 studies annually, which focuses on citizenship, governance and workplace performance.
Research shows that investing in a strong reputation leads to tangible business benefits, including better stock price recovery after crisis, influence on policymaking, attracting best talent, and higher employee engagement and alignment.
Corporate Responsibility Magazine
Each year, Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine announced the fifth annual Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens rankings by industry. TI was included in the Information Technology section, and was also listed as one of only two semiconductor companies. The Top 10 Best rankings are a subset of top performers from the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list announced earlier in the year.
I’m personally very proud of the work of all TI employees around the world that contribute to our citizenship performance. Being included in multiple citizenship-related lists is a benefit of TI’s focus on doing what is right – for our business, our people, the environment and other stakeholders. With this continued focus, we have the opportunity to engineer a better future and get recognized for it.
To learn more about TI’s commitment to sustainability and our overall citizenship initiatives, please read our Corporate Citizenship Report. A full list of citizenship awards and recognitions is also available.