Suppliers

Supplier Sustainability Policy


Lear believes that how we operate as a company, and as individuals, is based on our core value to Get Results the Right Way. This leads our customers and business partners to do business with us, our shareholders to invest in us, our external stakeholders to respect us, and the best talent to join us in working for Lear. 

We consider a strong relationship with our suppliers to be key to ensuring our mutual success. This Supplier Sustainability Policy (the “Policy”) identifies certain of our expectations of our suppliers to be followed in their business dealings with Lear. 

This Policy applies to any third party that provides goods or services to Lear, including but not limited to production parts and materials as well as their subcontractors. Further information regarding our requirements and standards for our suppliers are outlined in the Global Requirements Manual and Code of Conduct for Suppliers. 

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

Lear conducts business with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. A commitment to integrity is critical to how we conduct business and maintain our outstanding reputation in the communities in which we do business. Suppliers are expected to understand and comply with Lear’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and demonstrate the highest standard of integrity and ethical conduct in all business activities.

Legal Compliance

Lear is committed to complying with all applicable legal requirements. Suppliers are expected to comply with all applicable legal requirements and prevent incidents or conditions that might result in a violation of law. This includes, without limitation, that all purchased materials used in manufacture of goods satisfy current governmental and safety constraints on restricted, toxic and hazardous materials, as well as environmental, electrical and electromagnetic considerations applicable to the country of manufacture and sale. 

Preventing Bribery and Corruption

Lear conducts business ethically throughout the world. Lear prohibits suppliers from giving or promising to give anything of value to any third party for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business, or to otherwise induce them to act improperly. Suppliers must conduct business with integrity and in full compliance with all applicable laws pertaining to bribery and corruption. 

Human Rights and Working Conditions

Be Inclusive. Be Inventive. Get Results the Right Way. These are Lear Corporation’s core values and the foundation of our long-term success. As part of our commitment To Get Results the Right Way, we support and promote human rights throughout our operations, our communities in which we operate, and our global supply chain. We also embrace the international human rights principles expressed in the following conventions: 

Lear’s Human Rights Policy outlines our social responsibility principles and respect for human dignity, including with respect to topics such as collective bargaining and the freedom of association, as well as prohibitions of child labor, forced labor, modern slavery and human trafficking. We expect our suppliers to develop their own policies that aligns with Lear’s Policy. 

Further, providing safe working conditions is one of our highest priorities with respect to human health and welfare. Suppliers shall comply with health and safety management system international standards (e.g. ISO 45001 or equivalent). Suppliers are expected to share Lear’s commitments by developing and implementing their own programs focused on worker safety and well-being. See Lear’s EHSS Policy

Responsible Sourcing of Materials and Product Sustainability

We source responsibly and take steps to ensure that materials used in our products do not directly or indirectly provide funding to conflicts or human rights abuses. We expect the same from our suppliers. 

We require our suppliers to comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding ethical material sourcing, including those with respect to raw materials and production processes. 

Lear recognizes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the value of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples for property or land negotiations. No form of land grabbing is allowed. 

We expect our suppliers to adopt best practices not only limited to production processes and securing the supply of materials and components, but also addressing environmental, social, and product safety aspects. See the Responsible Materials Sourcing Policy and Lear Quality Policy

Animal Welfare

Lear’s commitment to the highest standards for ethical behavior extends to the treatment of animals. We require compliance with all legal requirements, as applicable, and we expect our suppliers to implement industry-leading policies and practices related to the ethical treatment of animals. Lear supports and expects its suppliers to promote a belief in the humane treatment of animals, including freedom from thirst and hunger, freedom from discomfort, pain, injury and disease, freedom to express normal behavior, and freedom from fear and distress. 

Environmental Sustainability

Lear’s definition of sustainability is "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This means being aware of our impact and understanding how this affects the world around us. Our mission is to reduce our impact while increasing the profitability and longevity of our company. 

We expect our suppliers to support Lear’s environmental sustainability goals by complying with all applicable environmental laws, rules and regulations while also using resources wisely. Suppliers must comply with and be certified to all applicable environmental management system international standards. (e.g. ISO 14001 or equivalent). Suppliers are expected to align with Lear’s commitments by developing and implementing their own environmental sustainability program focused on conservation of natural resources, including but not limited to: 

  • Carbon Reduction 
  • Energy Efficiency 
  • Reduced Water Usage 
  • Air Quality Improvement 
  • Recyclability and Waste Reduction 
  • Hazardous Material and Chemical Management and Control 
  • Protecting Biodiversity 
  • Employee and Supplier Training 

See Lear’s EHSS Policy and No Deforestation Policy

Implementation of Sustainability Standards in the Supply Chain

Lear suppliers and all their subcontractors must abide by the requirements of this Policy, including identifying risks within their supply chains and taking appropriate measures to address them. 

Audit and Corrective Action Process

Lear reserves the right to conduct audits to ensure compliance with these requirements and also to take appropriate measures, including discontinuing any relationship with a supplier, should the supplier violate, fail to correct, or have a pattern of violating this Policy. Suppliers are required to cooperate with Lear’s direct audit or through a third-party auditing firm utilized by Lear. 

Compliance, Monitoring and Reporting

We comply with all applicable legal requirements and work to prevent incidents or conditions that might result in a violation of law. We monitor our operations and our suppliers for potential violations and take action if violations occur, up to and including termination of employment or contract. 

We have established a process for reporting concerns about any potential human rights or business risks through a Compliance and Ethics Hotline. Employees, suppliers, and business partners can make anonymous reports in their respective language via a toll-free phone call, e-mail, online website or regular mail. Lear requires its suppliers to make this reporting resource available to its employees and upstream supply chain, with consideration for individuals with limited access and disabilities. 

We have a strong anti-retaliation policy and will not tolerate retaliation against anyone who in good faith raises a concern, reports misconduct or participates in an investigation. 

We report our actions and engagement with suppliers in our Annual Sustainability Report. We also publish on our website our values, principles, policies, and practices that this Policy reinforces. 

Suppliers

Supplier Sustainability Policy

It is Lear’s belief that how we operate as a Company, and as individuals, is based on the principle of doing the right thing. This leads our customers and business partners to do business with us, our shareholders to invest in us, our external stakeholders to respect us, and the best talent to join us in working for Lear.

This Supplier Sustainability Policy identifies the global standards to be followed in your business activities on behalf of Lear. Suppliers are expected to share Lear’s commitment to these standards.

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

Lear conducts business with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. A commitment to integrity is critical to how we conduct business and maintain our outstanding reputation in the communities in which we do business. Suppliers are expected to understand and comply with Lear’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and demonstrate the highest standard of integrity and ethical conduct in all business activities.

Legal Compliance

Lear is committed to complying with all applicable legal requirements. Suppliers are expected to comply with all applicable legal requirements and prevent incidents or conditions that might result in a violation of law. All purchased materials used in manufacture of goods shall satisfy current governmental and safety constraints on restricted, toxic and hazardous materials as well as environmental, electrical and electromagnetic considerations applicable to the country of manufacture and sale. All suppliers must be in compliance with ISO14001, TS16949 and ELV (End-of-Life) Directive, or their successors, as amended from time to time.

Human Rights

Lear is committed to recognizing human rights and labor principles throughout its global organization and supply chain. Lear considers employees to be one of the most important resources and is committed to the treatment of all employees with dignity and respect. All suppliers are required to comply with local laws governing the employment relationship.

Child Labor

Lear’s suppliers will not use child labor. The term child refers to children under the legal age for employment in any location.

Forced Labor, Human Trafficking

Lear believes that all employees should have the right to voluntarily elect whether to be employed by the supplier. The supplier will not use forced or involuntary labor of any kind or tolerate physically abusive disciplinary practices.

Learn more about the risks of child labor, forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains.

Wages and Hours, Working Conditions

Suppliers must comply with all applicable wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, maximum hour rules, meal and rest periods, and to provide legally mandated benefits. Where local industry standards exceed applicable legal requirements, suppliers are encouraged to provide wages and ensure working conditions that meet the higher local industry standards.

Coercion, Harassment and Discipline

Lear expects its suppliers to treat their employees with dignity and respect. Suppliers are expected to have systems in place to prevent, detect, and resolve unacceptable worker treatment such as harassment, inappropriate use of discipline, discrimination, physical or mental punishment, or other forms of intimidation or abuse (e.g., physical abuse, threat of abuse, sexual or other harassment, verbal abuse, any type of corporal punishment, or other forms of mental and/or physical coercion as a form of discipline).

Discrimination

Lear is committed to providing all employees with a professional working environment which is free from unlawful forms of discrimination and harassment. Suppliers must make all employment decisions based on the facts and individual merit. Suppliers shall not discriminate in their hiring and employment practices (e.g., pay/promotion) and must follow all employment laws.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

Suppliers must respect their employees’ right to choose to join or not to join a trade union, or to have recognized employee representation in accordance with local law. Suppliers are expected to maintain constructive dialogue and negotiate in good faith with such representatives.

Suppliers shall not harass, discriminate against, or otherwise penalize workers, worker representatives, or trade union members because of their interest and/or membership in, or affiliation with, a trade union, or their legitimate trade union activity, in accordance with international labor standards.

Preventing Bribery and Corruption

Lear is committed to conducting business ethically throughout the world. Lear prohibits suppliers from giving or promising to give anything of value to employees or representatives of foreign governments, governmental agencies, political parties, or to political candidates, for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. Suppliers must conduct business with integrity and in full compliance with all applicable laws.

Environmental, Health & Safety

Lear is committed to complying with all applicable environmental, health and safety legal requirements and protecting the environment. Suppliers are expected to comply with all applicable environmental, health and safety legal requirements and prevent incidents or conditions that might result in a violation of law or otherwise endanger the environment.

Suppliers must provide each employee with a safe and healthful work environment. Each supplier has responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for all employees by following health and safety rules and practices and reporting accidents, injuries and unsafe equipment, practices or conditions as stated in the Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

Environmental Health Safety and Sustainability Policy PDF

Environmental Sustainability

Lear adopts the definition for Sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." For Lear, this means being aware of our impacts and understanding how these affect the world around us. Our mission is to reduce these impacts while increasing the profitability and longevity of our company.

Lear expects its suppliers to support Lear’s sustainability mission by complying with all applicable environmental laws, rules and regulations while using resources wisely. Suppliers are expected to share Lear’s commitments by developing and implementing a sustainability program focused on using natural resources responsibly, including management of forests and water, reducing waste generation, improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of their operations.

Preventing the Flow of Funds to Armed Groups and Conflicts

Lear strives to use only components with raw materials where extraction, transport, trade, processing and export are obtained from validated sources as a matter of principle, wherever practicable. We ask our suppliers to source responsibly and endeavor to understand that sourcing of their materials neither directly nor indirectly provides funding to conflicts and human rights abuses. Further, compliance with conflict minerals requirements is outlined in the Lear Conflict Minerals Sourcing Policy.

Conflict Minerals Policy PDF

Animal Welfare

Lear upholds the highest standards for ethical behavior. With respect to animal welfare, we require compliance with all legal requirements and, as applicable, we expect our suppliers to implement industry-best policies and practices related to the ethical treatment of animals. Lear commits to a belief in the humane treatment of animals, including freedom from thirst and hunger, freedom from discomfort, pain, injury and disease, freedom to express normal behavior, and freedom from fear and distress.

Implementation of Sustainability Standards in the Supply Chain

Lear expects its suppliers and all subcontractors to abide by the requirements of this Supplier Sustainability Policy, including identifying risks within their supply chains and taking appropriate measures to address them.

Right to Audit and Ensure Compliance

Lear reserves the right to conduct audits or request third-party verification (e.g. ISO standard, Leather Working Group (LWG) standard or other globally accepted standards) to ensure compliance with these requirements and also reserves the right to take appropriate measures, including discontinuing any relationship with a supplier should the supplier violate, fail to correct, or have a pattern of violating this Policy.