To ensure this policy is effective, Western Digital will both proactively and reactively assess human rights-related risks and potential impacts in connection with our policies, practices and management approach. We conduct human rights due diligence and impact assessments at regular intervals and whenever appropriate based on circumstances or reports.
We are also committed to proactively engaging with internal and external stakeholders as we evaluate our impacts and work to improve the effectiveness of our human rights program.
We work hard to foster a “speak up” culture, which encourages employees to openly communicate and share ideas and concerns with Western Digital management regarding working conditions and management practices. Western Digital provides multiple avenues for employees to speak up concerning conduct contrary to our policies, including human rights violations, with the option to report concerns directly to their manager, Ethics & Compliance, Human Resources or Legal, or through our global Ethics Helpline. The Helpline, which is run by a third party, supports anonymous reporting, is available 24 hours a day in roughly 150 languages, and is available online or by phone in local operating areas. We offer the Helpline to anyone who suspects human rights abuses or other misconduct, whether employed by Western Digital or not. Western Digital does not tolerate retaliation against anyone who reports a possible violation in good faith or assists an investigation.
If Western Digital learns of human rights abuses or other conduct contrary to our policies committed by our employees or suppliers, we take remedial action proportionate to the offense. Such remediation may include conducting an investigation, coordinating a corrective action plan, requiring additional audits (suppliers only), or possible suspension or termination of the relationship.