Suppliers are critical partners in GE’s value chain. As GE’s businesses have globalized, so has our supply chain, including in locations where environment, health, safety, labor, human rights and other practices can be problematic. We expect our suppliers to obey the laws that require them to treat workers fairly, provide a safe and healthy work environment, and protect environmental quality. GE’s Supplier Expectations govern all facets of the Company’s relationships with suppliers, and include specific prohibitions against forced, prison, or indentured labor, and prohibitions against subjecting workers to any form of compulsion, coercion or human trafficking.
Whether labor practices in China, conflict minerals in Africa or resource efficiency globally, GE is increasingly working with our supply chain to improve performance, respect human rights and protect the environment.
Given the size and complexity of GE’s supply chain, we’ve learned that our efforts are most effective when we prioritize them based on risk and where our involvement can have the most impact. We’ve also learned we get the best results by collaborating with suppliers and other stakeholders. In most cases, working together with governments, our business partners and effective academic and non-governmental organizations can achieve more than any of us can alone.