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Find out more about STMicroelectronics’ Misconduct Reporting Hotline.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I raise a concern about potential breach of ST Code of Conduct?

Three different reporting avenues have been set up by ST and are available for employees to raise any concern they might have:

Concerns can be reported at local level, at corporate level or through the Misconduct Reporting Hotline using this platform.

If you are an ST employee, your supervisor is the first person you should contact. Depending on the nature of the concern, you can also bring to the attention of the local HR or Legal organizations.

Concerns can also be reported directly to the attention of the following Company executives:

Corporate VP Human Resources

Chief Compliance Officer

General Counsel

Chief Audit & Risk Executive

All interested third parties (employees of vendors, contractors, customers or business partners of ST) can also contact directly one of the above executives.

The Company’s management acknowledges that employees or third parties may find themselves in situations where they do not feel comfortable discussing their concerns openly.

In such cases, they can us the Misconduct Reporting Hotline, accessible from the present web platform, to raise a concern directly at Corporate level.

What happens if I call or write to the Misconduct Reporting Hotline?
  • If you call the hotline, using the phone number applicable to your country, an operator will answer your call. You will be able to explain the situation, in one of the many languages spoken by the operators, who will guide you through the process and log in your concern. Your concern will then be escalated to the Chief Compliance Officer, the General Counsel, the Chief Financial Officer, the Corporate VP Human Resources and to the Chief Audit & Risk Executive within 24 hours (unless your concern pertains to the behavior of one of the above listed executives, in which case, a specific reporting process will be followed).
  • If you write to the hotline (using the web platform), your message will be reported through the platform to the Chief Compliance Officer, the General Counsel, the Chief Financial Officer, the Corporate VP Human Resources and the Chief Audit & Risk Executive within 24 hours (unless your concern pertains to the behavior of one of the above listed executives, in which case, a specific reporting process will be followed).
What is NAVEX Global?
NAVEX Global is the company operating ST’s Misconduct Reporting Hotline. Relying on a third party operator allows ST to offer maximum accessibility of the Hotline in terms of channels (phone or web), 24/7 availability and multilingual coverage.
Can I make an anonymous report to the Hotline?

Whenever allowed by applicable laws, if you call or write to the Hotline, you are free to disclose or not to disclose your identity. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please make sure that any documentation and/or attachment that you may send in connection with your concern do not contain any information that would identify you (those documentations and/or attachments are not screened/anonymized by NAVEX Global).

Whether you disclose your identity or not, the Misconduct Reporting Hotline allows you to follow up on a previously raised concern, by giving you a report key and a password that you can use to log on back to the platform (similar to a IT hotline “ticket”) and see if the ST investigators have inserted questions or comments to your attention. This follow up process will be available whether you report the concern by phone or via the web.

Should you disclose your identity to ST in your report of a concern, such identity will be treated by ST with the required level of confidentiality.

Can ST or the Hotline operator discover my identity by tracking my connection to the web-platform?

ST has no interest in trying to discover your identity if you chose not to disclose it. NAVEX Global does not generate or maintain any internal connection logs with IP addresses; no information linking your PC to NAVEX Global is available. In fact, NAVEX Global is contractually committed not to pursue a reporter's identity.

ST can always communicate with you through NAVEX without knowing your identity, as the Misconduct Reporting Hotline allows you to follow up on a previously raised concern, by giving you a report key and a password that you can use to log on back to the platform (similar to a IT hotline “ticket”) and see if the ST investigators have inserted questions or comments to your attention. This follow up process will be available whether you report the concern by phone or via the web.

Can I be sanctioned or fired for reporting a concern in good faith?

Retaliation against whistleblowers is a violation of our Code of Conduct and as such, it is prohibited under company policies. ST will ensure that an employee who reports a concern in good faith shall not suffer any form of retaliation including, but not limited to, adverse consequences on the employee’s compensation, benefits, workload, career progression, place of work or working environment.

Corporate Human Resources is responsible for ensuring no retaliation will take place. Any employee who believes he/she is being retaliated against should inform and/or use either one of the available reporting channels (whether at local level, company level or using the independent hotline).

What does “good faith” mean?

“Good faith” means that the person raising a concern believes or reasonably assumes that the information he/she provided is truthful and accurate.

Therefore, if someone knowingly makes a false report with the intention of damaging the reputation of a colleague, this will not be considered a report made in “good faith”.

Can I make my own investigation before I report on an issue?
No. By investigating a situation yourself (e.g. interviewing of potential witnesses and/or gathering documentation), you may jeopardize the formal investigation process and the collection of evidence. Furthermore, by conducting an unauthorized investigation in the workplace, you may breach applicable privacy laws and/or create a criminal or civil liability for the Company and/or yourself.