Supplier Code of Conduct
Last Updated: April 12, 2023
Supplier Code of Conduct (in PDF)
At Twilio, we are guided by Twilio Magic, the principles we use to build an impactful, high-growth business while staying true to ourselves. We are committed to conducting business ethically and legally across all our global operations, and we expect our business partners to share in this commitment. Our Supplier Code of Conduct (the “Supplier Code”) sets out expectations for our business partners in the areas of business integrity, labor practices, anti-corruption, health and safety, environmental impact, diversity and inclusion. Twilio is committed to protecting human rights and strives to develop environmentally and socially sustainable chains of responsibility within our sphere of influence.
Twilio expects the business partners that we work with, including all vendors, consulting firms, staffing agencies, agency temps, partners and licensees (“Suppliers”), to adhere to the high standards set forth in this Supplier Code as a condition of doing business with Twilio. If you suspect illegal or unethical practices, it is your responsibility to report it to Twilio and local authorities.
Compliance with the Supplier Code
Twilio requires Suppliers and any subcontractors, providers, or agents that they use to abide by all applicable laws, regulations and other legal requirements in jurisdictions in which they operate, and the Supplier Code.
Twilio is honest and transparent about our supply chain, incorporating our values in how we conduct business with everyone. We expect Suppliers to strive to act honestly, directly and transparently in all aspects of business as well. Part of conducting business with Twilio includes compliance with this Supplier Code of Conduct. We have the right to terminate business with a supplier who fails to adhere to the code. If it is determined a supplier does not adhere to the Code, they must correct their actions to ensure compliance with the requirements outlined in this document. In order to promote a high standard of ethical and professional conduct, we have an ethics reporting hotline, where, as permitted by law, employees, customers and Suppliers can address any issues on a confidential and anonymous basis. Suppliers should report any known or suspected violations of the Supplier Code, laws, or regulations to Twilio’s Ethics Helpline +1-844-637-6752 or website www.twilio.ethicspoint.com. Any questions regarding the scope or compliance with the Supplier Code may be directed to email@example.com.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR COMPLIANCE STANDARDS
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General Rights of Workers
Twilio acknowledges and respects basic and fundamental human rights. Suppliers shall treat workers with dignity and respect as understood and defined by the International Labor Organization, United Nations Declaration of Human rights, and any applicable law. Suppliers shall make all relevant information about their employee’s rights easily accessible to the employees.
Twilio requires its Suppliers to ensure there is no inhumane treatment or threat to workers, including any sexual harassment, sexual abuse, harassment, corporal punishment, or mental or physical coercion of workers. Suppliers must treat all workers with dignity and respect.
Health and Safety
We expect Suppliers to provide all employees with safe and healthy working conditions that comply with local laws. Safe and healthy working conditions include offering emergency training and resources, practicing industrial hygiene, and enacting equipment safety initiatives, as appropriate. Suppliers should take proactive measures to prevent workplace hazards.
Twilio recognizes that our business decisions have a direct impact on people and communities. We are committed to enacting fair labor practices and expect Suppliers to share that commitment.
Twilio requires Suppliers to comply with the local minimum wage laws and benefits requirements. Additionally, Suppliers should not unlawfully use deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure.
Working Hours, Rest Days, and Compensation
Twilio expects its Suppliers to ensure their workers have reasonable work schedules that comply with local laws. While it is understood that overtime may be required, Twilio expects Suppliers to carry out their services in a way that promotes humane and productive working conditions. Suppliers shall comply with local laws regarding payment and working hours, including overtime, rest days and public holidays. Compensation paid to employees shall comply with all applicable local wage laws, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours, and legally mandated benefits.
Freedom of Association
Open communication and direct engagement between workers and management are effective ways to resolve workplace and compensation issues. We seek Suppliers who respect employees’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining in accordance with local laws. Suppliers will not unlawfully discriminate in employment decisions against or engage in threatening or harassing behavior towards workers because of their affiliation with worker groups.
We do not tolerate the use of underage labor and will not work with suppliers that utilize underage workers. Suppliers shall adhere to minimum age provisions set forth in local laws and regulations and should not use workers that are under the legal age for employment. Suppliers may employ workers that are younger than 18 years of age, if they are legally employed in accordance with the law of the country in which they are working. Suppliers must monitor any and all employees under the age of 18 to ensure they are performing age-appropriate tasks, in age-appropriate working conditions, and are protected from any type of labor likely to jeopardize their health or safety.
No Forced Labor or Human Trafficking
Twilio condemns human trafficking and forced labor and will not work with Suppliers who engage in these practices. Suppliers must ensure that they do not use involuntary prison labor, or forced, bonded, or indentured labor, and do not employ anyone against their will. We expect Suppliers to adhere to all applicable anti-modern slavery and human trafficking laws, including the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. Workers shall not be required to relinquish control of identity or immigration papers (including but not limited to passports, drivers’ licenses, or work permits). Additionally, Suppliers must ensure that all work is voluntary and that their employees are free to resign their employment in accordance with applicable law.
We require Suppliers to offer reasonable procedures so that their employees can bring workplace concerns to management.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY IMPACT
We believe in thinking long term and recognize that environmental sustainability is critical to succeed as a business and a community. Twilio expects Suppliers to share in this commitment by responding to challenges posed by climate change and working toward protecting the environment.
Twilio is committed to protecting and respecting our environment. We expect our Suppliers to follow all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and standards. This includes requirements for chemical and waste management and disposal, recycling, industrial wastewater treatment and discharge, air emissions controls, environmental permits, and environmental reporting. Whenever possible, Suppliers are encouraged to develop and maintain business practices to promote energy efficiency, reduce pollution (including greenhouse gas emissions), and conserve resources.
Twilio has committed to set science-based emissions reduction targets—across the entire value chain—that are consistent with keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C) above pre-industrial levels. As part of these targets, we have committed that the majority of our suppliers by emissions will commit to set science-based targets by 2027. Therefore, we seek to work with Suppliers that have committed to or have set a publicly visible science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the guidelines of the Science-Based Target initiative and objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Twilio strives to promote the well-being of the communities in which Twilio does business. Social responsibility is as critical to our success as a company as any other initiative. Through Twilio.org, our social impact arm, we fuel communication that gives hope, power, and freedom. Suppliers are encouraged to actively engage the communities in which they do business to promote sustainable social and economic practices and development. Suppliers should assess the potential impact of their activities on the local community and take steps to mitigate and avoid any negative impacts on the environment and community.
At Twilio, we believe our existence should strengthen our communities and society overall. In becoming an anti-racist company, we commit to acknowledging and addressing systemic racism in society through our work with the community and our customers. Using our products, our people, and our resources, we will create systemic change in the world around us through election participation, advocacy, and legislation. As such, we encourage Suppliers to:
- Demonstrate a commitment to identify, measure, and improve a culture of diversity and inclusion through all aspects of workplace management.
- Include small and socioeconomically diverse suppliers in subcontracting activities where possible.
- Share in Twilio’s commitment in eliminating systemic bias from people processes.
- Proactively engage with their local communities to positively contribute to economic growth and opportunities for social change.
Twilio is intentional about prioritizing equality of opportunity.
- Non-Discrimination. Suppliers may not engage in any discriminatory practices in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination, and/or retirement based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status.
- Respect and Dignity. Suppliers shall provide a working environment that is free of abusive, violent, threatening, disruptive, demeaning, and other improper behavior. Suppliers will not tolerate harassment and other disrespectful conduct, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and bullying. Suppliers are expected to refrain from corporal punishment, threats of violence or other forms of physical coercion.
Twilio respects individual and cultural differences and will not tolerate discrimination. Twilio is committed to equal opportunity and we expect that Suppliers share that commitment and have appropriate policies in place.
We strive to always act in an honest, direct, and transparent way. Twilio is committed to conducting our business in compliance with all applicable laws, and we expect our Suppliers and business partners to do the same.
Business Practices and Ethics
Suppliers must not engage in any unlawful activity in conducting business for or on behalf of Twilio, nor should Suppliers instruct others to do so.
Suppliers must adhere to the highest standard of ethical conduct, respect all local laws, and not engage in any form of illegal or improper business practices such as extortion, fraud or any other act which could enable corruption in any manner. Suppliers shall comply with all legal requirements regarding accurate marketing and sales, and shall act with integrity when handling competitive or proprietary information. Suppliers should not engage in false or misleading accounting practices and should not use fictitious, inaccurate or misleading documents to support transactions related to business with Twilio.
We expect Suppliers to comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding fair competition and antitrust.
Twilio is committed to conducting its business in compliance with all laws prohibiting bribery and other corrupt practices. Suppliers must comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, equivalent laws of Supplier’s jurisdiction, and all applicable anti-corruption regulations and international anti-corruption conventions.
Conflicts of Interest
A “conflict of interest” occurs when personal or professional interests or activities interfere with, or appear to interfere with, the best interests of Twilio or Supplier.
We trust that Suppliers will:
- Avoid conflicts of interests and situations that may have the appearance of a conflict of interest.
- Disclose to Twilio any material transaction or relationship that reasonably could be expected to give rise to an apparent or actual conflict of interest regarding its relationship with Twilio.
International Trade and Export Controls
Twilio expects Suppliers to comply with all applicable import, export, customs, sanctions, embargoes, boycott and other trade compliance laws and regulations.
Data protection and privacy
Twilio is committed to protecting the privacy and security of personal data in our developer ecosystem, and of our employees, contractors, customers and end users. We expect Suppliers to comply with both the contractual protections agreed with Twilio and all applicable data privacy laws and regulations when processing the personal data of Twilio's employees, contractors, customers and end users.
Intellectual property and confidential information
Suppliers may not share, disclose or use Twilio’s intellectual property, confidential information, or any other proprietary or non-public information that the Supplier acquires through its engagement with Twilio except as provided for in the applicable contract with Twilio or as provided by express written consent by Twilio.
WRITE IT DOWN
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Monitoring and Auditing
We expect that every Supplier will:
- Monitor its own operations through appropriate due diligence, audits or other activities.
- Maintain honest and accurate accounting and business records that comply with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
- Comply with its agreement with Twilio including any permissions to review records or facilities.