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A commitment to the things that matter

Doing what's right

What we believe in

Responsibility in sourcing

The foundation of our work

Doing business the right way

We believe that maintaining a high level of employee engagement is the key ingredient for responsible business. By focusing on people development, operational excellence and profitable growth, we're able to realize our vision of being a premier, trusted business partner and delivering the highest value to our customers​, suppliers and shareholders.

Rooted in our people​

A culture of engaged employees is our highest priority and supports our core values of integrity, customer service, accountability, teamwork and innovation. Integrity is our number one core value by design. It comes first and guides our day-to-day decisions wherever we do business. Avnet's Ethics and Compliance program helps protect our culture​ and reputation by providing resources that help employees make ethical decisions at work. The program develops and distributes awareness materials including the Code of C​onduct; provides legal compliance and ethics training; investigates reports of misconduct; and manages the Ethics Alertline available 24/7 to employees, vendors, suppliers, customers and other third parties worldwide to report compliance and ethics related concerns.

Map of string depicting Avnet's global reach 

A pledge of transparency​

Ethical conduct begins with transparency in our policies, procedures and transactions. We reinforce this commitment through ongoing training and a thorough audit process. Avnet was recognized by the Ethisphere® Institute as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Read more​​.

We are committed to conducting business ethically and upholding basic human rights in all its operations. We have taken steps to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its supply chain and in its own business. Read more in our Statement Against Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

We participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project and a summary of our energy management efforts appears in our 2016 Carbon Footprint Analysis. Other programs are detailed in the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.​​​​​​​ ​

Ensuring the future

We see environmental stewardship as a responsibility, consistently managing our carbon footprint and working to improve every community where we do business. Avnet is encouraging its manufacturers to make their environmental information available on their websites and works closely with its suppliers to provide its customers with relevant ​information/declarations available from its manufacturers.​

Hands Holding Earth environment green 

A shrinking carbon footprint

We've made energy reduction a priority. Although recognized for our efforts, we are still working to do more. Read our Global Environmental Policy and 2016 Carbon Footprint Analysis.

EBV Elektronik receives "Golden Award" from Mayor of Munich for strong commitment to climate protection

DFGE Validated Carbon Footprint graphic


EU REACH Regulation

Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), a law regulating chemical substances in the EU / EEA, is designed to protect human health and the environment.

Americas REACH Compliance
​​Reach Statement

​​EU REACH Compliance

​​Reach Statement (Electronics Marketing, EMEA​)

​As a distributor, Avnet does not certify compliance with REACH on behalf of their original manufacturers. Supplier information on the presence of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) above a threshold of 0.1% (w/w) is collated below.

EU Supplier REACH SVHC Content Reports:
Click on the links below to access our suppliers' EU REACH SVHC Content Reports:

Abracon Corporation Microchip
Amphenol Socapex - PDF 1 | PDF 2 Murata
Artesyn NXP/Freescale Semiconductor
AUO - Zip File Omron Electronic Components - PDF 1 | PDF 2
AVX Omron Industrial Automation
Bourns Osram GmbH
Fujitsu Technology Solutions Renesas
Infineon Technologies AGSWITCHCRAFT INC.
Keystone / Ramses VARTA
Kontron Vishay
Maxim Integrated Weidmueller



EU RoHS Directive

​The Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS II), replacing Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS I), targets Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in order to avoid adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

​Americas RoHS Compliance​

RoHS Statement

EU RoHS Compliance

RoHS Statement (Electronics Marketing, EMEA​)​

All product information relating to environmental compliance, including, but not limited to REACH and RoHS, is provided to Avnet by the product manufacturers and is provided by Avnet on an "AS IS" basis. Avnet makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of the information. AVNET DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES AND LIABILITIES UNDER ANY THEORY WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT INFORMATION PROVIDED. Avnet recommends you validate any product Information before using or acting on such information. All product information is subject to change without notice. Avnet is not responsible for typographical or other errors or omissions in product information.


Ethics and transparency ​​

We see trust as the essential element that links everything in our company. We emphasize a comprehensive governance system that impacts all of our procedures and transactions—with ongoing training and audits to help ensure success.

Integrity always

With more than 100,000 customers in more than 125 countries, we embed standards within our business structure to remain the leading distributor of electronic components, enterprise IT solutions, computer products and embedded technology. We approach our overall corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts seriously. It's simply the right thing to do.

Business meeting 


Conflict minerals

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules require certain companies to disclose the extent to which the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain so-called conflict minerals sourced from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries. Conflict minerals include tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, which are used in many electronic components and computer products.

Electronic components 

As a global value-added distributor of electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products, IT solutions and services, and embedded subsystems, Avnet promotes the traceability of these minerals and the transparency of the supply chain. Avnet firmly believes that its customers should be fully informed about the products they purchase. While Avnet, as a distributor, is not able to certify as to the country of origin of the minerals contained in the products manufactured by Avnet's suppliers, Avnet is committed to working with its customers to supply products that meet the customer's specifications.

With respect to those limited aspects of Avnet's business that manufacture or contract to manufacture products that contain conflict minerals that are necessary to the functionality or production of the product, Avnet does not directly purchase any conflict minerals from any source and endeavors not to purchase products that contain conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries. Avnet expects its suppliers to these aspects of its business to only source minerals from responsible sources and provide Avnet with proper verification of the country of origin and source of the materials used in the products they supply to it. Avnet fully understands the importance of this issue to its customers and is committed to supply chain initiatives and overall corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts that work towards a conflict-free supply chain. Avnet is encouraging all of its suppliers to likewise support these efforts and make information on the origin of their product components easily accessible on their websites.

Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report

ECIA resources


Supplier Conflict Minerals Statements

Click on the links below to access our suppliers' conflict minerals statements.

Semiconductor suppliersIP & E suppliers

A culture of teamwork and innovation 

Our focus on enterprise effectiveness, teamwork, education and talent development has resulted in a growth-oriented team atmosphere where individuals are encouraged to maximize their skills and abilities. We use our unique entrepreneurial culture and strong values to develop potential and reward performance. 

Engaged employees 

Developing our people is central to keeping a workforce that delivers the highest value to our customers, suppliers and shareholders. We offer ongoing training as well as career ​​​​​​development, comprehensive health and safety programs, and support for the communities where we do business.  

Informal business meeting with engaged employees  

Integrity always 

We demonstrate honesty, respect for others and trustworthiness in every interaction whether with customers, suppliers or colleagues. We continuously seek to improve while taking personal responsibility for our commitments, actions and results.​

Our Promise

Doing business, the right way


View our Code of Conduct manuals.​​​​


Known for quality
For us, quality means more than meeting the minimum industry requirements. We earn your trust by satisfying the highest standards.