Founded in 1981 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Logitech is one of the world's leading manufacturers of personal computing accessories such as mouse devices, keyboards, cameras, remotes, headsets and speakers. While the company’s products are largely manufactured in China, it has over two dozen offices around the world.
Logitech provides product discounts to students in the US and supports digital opportunities for girls by funding Girls Who Code, a non-profit that teaches coding skills to young women. The company incorporates accessibility features into its products to accommodate users with disabilities, and in 2020 launched its first esports tournament for gamers with disabilities.
Logitech has a high-level commitment to open source standards and has several open source projects. The company’s initiative Logitech Start-up Partners organises a competition for start-ups. Logitech also supports and uses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to measures its goals and progress. Furthermore, it reports the number of women in technical roles at the company.
While Logitech has products to accommodate users with disabilities, it can also disclose how it is creating an inclusive workplace for its employees with disabilities, and report employment metrics for people with disabilities at the company. Furthermore, the company can disclose how the economic value it generates is distributed among stakeholders, as well as the income taxes paid and employment in its main markets.
Logitech has the opportunity to further its commitment to open source standards by participating in standards bodies. It can also contribute to research on sustainability issues. Furthermore, the company can disclose the ethical principles it follows for its research and development (R&D) activities.
Core social indicators
The core social indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.
Logitech commits to respecting human rights in a publicly available policy document. However, the company’s commitment to respect the ILO core labour rights can be stronger. For example, the company does not provide a policy statement committing to respect the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Logitech has a grievance mechanism accessible to both workers and external stakeholders to raise human rights concerns and complaints. The company has also included human rights issues in its materiality assessment. However, it does not disclose a process to identify, assess and take action on salient human rights risks associated with its own operations and with its business relationships. Moreover, the company describes the various stakeholders it engages with in general. But it does not specify whether it engages with stakeholders whose human rights have been or may be affected by its activities.
Logitech publicly commits to respecting the health and safety of workers and expects its business relationships to do the same. The company also discloses information on its workforce diversity by four indicators of diversity, including age, race and ethnicity and gender. Logitech does not disclose a policy commitment stating that it does not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours, and it is not explicit that it requires its business relationships to do the same. Furthermore, the company provides no relevant evidence in relation to paying its workers a living wage or regarding the proportion of its global workforce covered by collective bargaining agreements. Logitech has not publicly committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment, but the company does have more than 30% women on its board.
Logitech has a policy prohibiting bribery and corruption, and it includes anti-bribery and anti-corruption clauses in contracts with its business relationships. The company has a global tax strategy but does not disclose income tax payments in individual tax jurisdictions.