Ethical Business Practices

Arm’s strength is the high caliber of its people, and how we conduct business — fairly, openly, and with integrity. The foundation of Arm’s approach to ethical business is the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which includes our Human Rights Policy.

We affirm our commitment to responsible business practices in four key areas:

Our Governance

At Arm we need to be agile, innovative, and trustworthy and we have a well-defined governance framework to ensure that we are, starting with the Board of Directors. Arm’s Board has the breadth and depth of experience necessary to guide the Company as it seeks to take full advantage of new opportunities and contend with new challenges. The Board and its committee structure are the mechanism through which we ensure that Arm’s business runs smoothly and matters that are of strategic or operational importance are escalated.

As the Company continues to grow, we review and improve our governance framework, taking into account legislation, regulations, and specific best practice guidelines and policies, including:

  • Donations Policy. Arm does not make any political donations.
  • Human Rights Policy. Arm has signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and we have integrated relevant human rights principles into our policies for employees and contractors.
  • Whistleblowing Policy. Arm operates a whistleblowing policy for employees to report concerns confidentially about any unethical business practices to senior management in strict confidence without fear of recrimination.
  • Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption Policy. Arm’s Group’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which is available on the Group’s website, and the Company Rules incorporate appropriate provisions to meet our obligations under the UK Bribery Act 2010 and other anti-bribery and corruption legislation.

Our People

We operate in a highly competitive, fast moving, and knowledge based industry where the quality, engagement, and development of our people are the basis of our success. That’s why we constantly assess, refine, and build on initiatives designed to advance workplace transparency, diversity, and professional growth.

Even before our recruitment begins, our global Intern program is specifically designed to build key skills for our future workforce. As well as helping to develop potential young talent at ARM, the intern program also meets our corporate responsibility goals of motivating and inspiring youngsters in science, technology, engineering and math.

Other initiatives include:

  • Career workshops to support people in planning their career
  • An annual feedback and development system (AFDS), giving people more ownership of their own development and career
  • An online career development toolkit with accountabilities, personal objectives, feedback and logbook
  • Ongoing Women’s Network meetings and internal conversations
  • “In conversation” sessions with general managers and “ask me anything” sessions with the CEO
  • Live broadcasts of quarterly financial results
  • Unconscious bias training
  • Diversity and Inclusion lunch and learn sessions at our offices around the world

All employees are also entitled to one day’s paid leave each year volunteering in their communities.

Our Communities

TeamArm is the employee engagement program designed to encourage employees across our offices globally to raise money and volunteer their time and skills to benefit local communities and wider society. Some examples:

  • Sponsorship of the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, a family friendly interactive science and technology center located in the heart of downtown San Jose, California
  • Sponsorship of the Austin Texas Science Fair, the largest STEM event in the area for students and their families
  • Donations and volunteer time by Arm China to Shanghai United Family Hospital for urinary incontinence care
  • Donations and volunteer time by Arm India to support the Sankara eye hospital for their rehabilitation work with those losing sight
  • Donations to UNICEF by Arm employees to support its disaster relief in Syria and other parts of the world
  • Donations and volunteer time by Arm Korea to support the Easter Social Welfare Society, a community project that takes care of orphan children until they are able to be adopted and housed with their new families

Our Supply Chain

Arm’s Supplier Code of Conduct (“Code”) describes our corporate responsibility requirements for our suppliers. Arm requires suppliers to commit to this Code as a condition of doing business with us. That includes identifying environment, health and safety risks, implementing practices for continuous improvement, and communicating Arm’s Code requirements to supervisors, employees, and next-tier suppliers.

Arm’s Supplier Code of Conduct addresses the following areas:

  • Business integrity
  • Sourcing conflict-free minerals
  • Fair business and competition
  • Whistle-blower protection and anonymous complaints
  • Health and safety
  • The environment
  • Proprietary information and IP
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