Governance & Leadership
As a subsidiary of Samsung, HARMAN operates under a board of directors. All of our directors are associated with HARMAN or Samsung. For more information on the board of directors and HARMAN leadership, please visit https://www.harman.com.
Our governance strategy reflects our values and protects our social and environmental responsibilities through goal, procedure, and policy development, continual assessment, and training. We are dedicated to ensuring the requirements of our company, stakeholders, and customers.
Under the direction of HARMAN’s CEO, Michael Mauser, the company formed a new Corporate Citizenship ESG Council that will operate across divisions and hold all teams accountable for upholding global purpose and sustainability initaitives and achieving related goals. The Sustainability Council includes senior leaders from critical focus areas such as: supply chain, procurement, operations, manufacturing, health and safety, employee wellness, legal, finance, and communications. These director-level and above employees are selected because their business operations and responsibilities impact climate and the environment. Subcommittees of the Sustainability Council monitor and assess climate related issues, synthesize external benchmarks and internal drivers, and assist in defining sustainability goals across functions and divisions. The subcommittees are directed by Global Lead of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability.
In addition to oversight of the newly formed Sustainability Council, the Senior Leadership Committee (SLC) meets monthly to discuss strategic business objectives, including environmental concerns. Governance mechanisms and business priorities are also reviewed during the annual Strategic Management Meeting, attended by broader HARMAN management. In 2019, two subcommittees were developed, focusing on energy and greenhouse gas emissions and the improvement of supply chain operations. The supply chain subcommittee is led by the SVP of Supply Chain and Operations. This role is a key member of the SLC and is responsible for leading global end-to-end supply chain management, manufacturing, procurement, and quality functions that are inclusive of all environmental footprint and climate-related business impacts.
Beyond committee and executive level oversight, procurement and facility level managers are also incorporated into oversight of environmental and climate-related issues.
Our policies cover business ethics, working conditions and human rights, and the environment. We educate our employees on our required policies and procedures through online and in-person training, and specific documentation such as the Code of Conduct and Environmental Management Manual. Our policies and procedures include the following topics:
- Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
- Water quality and consumption
- Air quality
- Natural Resources Management and Waste Reduction
- Responsible Chemical Management
- Child labor and Young Workers
- Wages and Benefits
- Working hours
- Forced or compulsory labor and human trafficking
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining
- Corruption, extortion and bribery
- Financial responsibility (Accurate Records)
- Disclosure of Information
- Fair competition and anti-trust
- Conflicts of interest
- Counterfeit parts
- Intellectual property
- Export controls and economic sanctions
- Protection of Identity and Non-Retaliation
We are proud to uphold our ethical and social commitments. During the reporting period, we have not been identified in any legal actions regarding anti-competitive behavior, violations of anti-trust, or monopoly legislation.