Corporate Responsibility

Our Commitment to People & Planet

Belden is committed to ethical, legal and socially-responsible business practices in all of our operations across the globe.

Sustainability

With over 100 years in operation, Belden has a recognized reputation for doing business in a responsible and ethical manner. As we continue to pursue sustainability throughout our business operations, we’re focused on environmental integrity, social equity and financial profitability. This framework is the foundation of our commitment to:

  • Protect & preserve the environment surrounding Belden's offices, facilities & areas where our products are found
  • Assess & adopt business practices to promote sustainability, including reducing waste through recycling & manufacturing process control, while increasing water & energy efficiency
  • Innovate & continue to offer environmentally-friendly & LEED certified products to customers seeking sustainable alternatives to traditional products
  • Ensure a respectful, diverse & safe workplace for employees
  • Uphold the human rights of all individuals associated with Belden's operations–from employees & third-party partners to those living in the communities where we do business
  • Share complete, accurate & timely information about our business to stakeholders

To guide us in fulfilling this promise, our associates worldwide hold themselves accountable to the Belden Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.


Supplier Code of Conduct

Belden is committed to ethical, legal and socially responsible business practices in its operations across the globe.  To ensure suppliers meet our expectations with respect to responsible, ethical and legal business practices, we have established the Belden Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC). As such, we seek to maintain a resilient supply chain that includes supplier relationships with like-minded business and economic values, social compliance and corporate sustainability adoption.

Notwithstanding discrepancies among the Belden SCoC and local law or custom, our suppliers must comply with SCoC and provide written assurance of such compliance.  Belden may audit a supplier’s compliance with the SCoC at Belden’s discretion. Should Belden not be satisfied with a supplier’s responses to audit requests or access provided to Belden in order to confirm compliance with SCoC standards, Belden reserves the right to decline making any further purchases from such supplier.  If a supplier is determined to have violated the SCoC, Belden expressly reserves the right to take any action it deems appropriate including, but not limited to, termination of the relationship with the violating supplier.

Any party aware of a Belden supplier or partner operating in violation of the Belden SCoC is encouraged to confidentially report such violation through the Belden Compliance Team (consisting of the Belden Legal and Internal Audit departments) at 1-800-461-9330, or online at belden.com/ethics.  Reports may be made anonymously.

Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy

Belden is committed to ethical, legal and socially responsible business practices in its operations across the globe.  This includes, but is not limited to, a commitment to ensure that our supply chain is free from slave labor and human trafficking.  This statement, made pursuant to the 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the 2015 United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act, highlight Belden’s efforts to ensure our supply chain is free from human trafficking and slave labor

Application

Belden has zero tolerance for instances of human trafficking or slave labor among its suppliers or partners of any kind. Further, to ensure suppliers are meeting our expectations with respect to responsible, ethical and legal business practices, Belden established its Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC). Our SCoC expressly states that “Suppliers shall not use forced or involuntary labor including, but not limited to, prison labor, indentured labor, slave labor, human trafficking, or other forms of compulsory labor.”

Notwithstanding discrepancies among our SCoC and local law or custom, our suppliers are required to comply with the Belden SCoC and provide written assurance of such compliance.  Belden may audit a supplier’s compliance with the SCoC at Belden’s discretion.  Should Belden not be satisfied with a supplier’s responses to audit requests or access provided to Belden in order to confirm compliance with SCoC standards, Belden reserves the right to decline making any further purchases from such supplier.  If a supplier is determined to have violated the SCoC, Belden expressly reserves the right to take any action it deems appropriate including, but not limited to, termination of the relationship with the violating supplier.

Duty to Report

Any party aware of any Belden supplier or partner operating in violation of the Belden SCoC is encouraged to report such violation on a confidential basis through the Belden Compliance Team (consisting of the Belden Legal and Internal Audit departments)

Reporting Violations

Global Ethics Hotline: 800-461-9330

Web: www.belden.com/ethics

Email: ombudsman@belden.com

Specific country contact information can also be found on Belden’s website.

The Legal Department will contact the sender and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation within five business days. Acknowledgement of receipt of the report shall be made via the same method as it was received. For example, if an anonymous report is made through the hotline, acknowledgement of the receipt of the anonymous report will also be made through the hotline.

All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.

Confidentiality

Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, regardless of which reporting avenue is chosen.


Conflict Minerals

On August 22, 2012, section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Reform and Consumer Protection Act (The Dodd Frank Act) was enacted to govern the sale of "Conflict Minerals" (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold or ‘3TG’) that benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC") or adjoining countries.

This Act imposed supply chain reporting requirements on U.S. publicly traded companies using 3TG in their products in an effort to promote transparency and awareness regarding the use of 3TG Conflict Minerals that directly or indirectly benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries. Belden (including all subsidiaries, affiliates and units worldwide), supports these goals and is committed to corporate responsibility and valuing human rights. As such, this policy, provides the guidance we use to comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank act.

We strive to maintain a conflict-free supply chain source 3TG from conflict-free sources. Belden expects its suppliers to have policies and due-diligence measures in place to detect the source of the 3TG in their products. Further, Belden expects that its suppliers will cooperate in providing due-diligence information to confirm their products are DRC conflict-free. To properly implement this policy, Belden will take the following actions:

  1. Direct appropriate Belden teams to lead the implementation of necessary processes & procedures in regards to the policy;
  2. Perform due-diligence consistent with OECD guidance by providing the standardized EICC/GeSI 2020 Conflict Minerals Reporting Template survey to suppliers to help ascertain the reasonable country of original for their products containing 3TG
  3. Encourage our suppliers to take a similar approach with their suppliers
  4. Based on survey responses, Belden may perform follow-up inquiries if responses provided are deemed inadequate
  5. Maintain necessary Conflict Minerals records for internal &/or required external audits

We are committed to working with our suppliers to help establish supply chain transparency for 3TG Conflict Minerals and demonstrate our suppliers' products and resources are obtained from conflict-free sources. If suppliers should be unresponsive to Belden's initial due-diligence survey participation requests, Belden will work with non-responsive suppliers to ensure such supplier meets the company’s policy requirements. If no response or progress is made, Belden maintains the right to re-evaluate its continued relationship with such suppliers.

Reporting Violations

Any of the following channels are deemed appropriate for the initial reporting of perceived policy violations:

  • The Belden Compliance Team (consisting of the Legal & Internal Audit departments) by email at ombudsman@belden.com
  • The Belden Ethics & Compliance Reporting hotline either by telephone or online (option to remain anonymous)

Global Ethics Hotline: 800-461-9330

Web: www.belden.com/ethics

Email: ombudsman@belden.com

Specific country contact information can also be found on our Locations page.

The Legal Department will contact the sender and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation within five business days. Acknowledgement of receipt of the report shall be made via the same method as it was received. For example, if an anonymous report is made through the hotline, acknowledgement of the receipt of the anonymous report will also be made through the hotline. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.


Belden Products & the Environment

Belden’s environmental policies outline our shared commitment to operating in an environmentally, ethical and socially responsible manner. We expect our suppliers to adopt these same commitments when working with us.

To meet global environmental product requirements—as specified by multiple global directive—Belden has developed a restricted materials specification  encompassing all raw materials, parts, components or products ultimately incorporated into Belden products.

 

 

 

Policy Information & Compliance Detail

No. Download the Asbestos Declaration Letter.

Download the Red Phosphorus Declaration Letter.

All Belden products are free from mercury.

No. Belden does not use any "endangered species products" in the manufacturing process.

Lead is not intentionally added to any Belden product. However, trace amounts may be present in other raw materials used however, these levels are below 300ppm which complies with RoHS.

Yes, antimony is found in some Belden products. In certain polymers, antimony trioxide plays a pivotal role in ensuring that our cables meet the applicable building codes for flame testing. If you need additional information regarding the use of antimony in a certain product, please contact Customer Service or call 1-800-BELDEN-1 and have the Belden part numbers in question available.

Wire and cable products were recently part of a Prop 65 settlement agreement. For more information, contact Customer Service or call 1-800-BELDEN-1.

To determine RoHS product compliance, enter the Belden part number. If the product is compliant, the green RoHS logo will appear on the technical data sheet. A RoHS certification is available for all compliant products. If you have questions, please contact us or call 1-800-BELDEN-1 and have the Belden part number available.

Belden products are covered under the WEEE Directive and Belden products meet the requirements.

Belden Operations & the Environment

We endeavor to operate our businesses in a responsible way. Associates worldwide follow the company’s Corporate Environmental and Safety Management System as an integral part of our proactive approach to environmental management.