GRI Index

NI used the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G3) to prepare its shared value report. NI self-declares this report at GRI Application Level B.

Refer to the following tables to locate a specific GRI disclosure or indicator in the report.


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Reported
Partially reported
Indicator Description 2013 Report Response or Link
Strategy and Analysis
1.1 Statement from the most senior decision maker of the organization Statement from the CEO
1.2 Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities NI Approach to Shared Value; 2013 Performance Summary; PDF Report - Shared Value Challenges and Opportunities. For information about financial risk factors, refer to the Risk Factors section in Form 10-K of the Annual Report.
Organizational Profile
2.1 Name of the organization National Instruments Corporation
2.2 Primary brands, products, and/or services Flagship NI Products; Annual Report
2.3 Operational structure of the organization Annual Report
2.4 Location of organization’s headquarters Austin, Texas, USA
2.5 Number and names of countries where the organization operates ni.com/niglobal
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form Annual Report
2.7 Markets served Annual Report
2.8 Scale of the reporting organization Annual Report
2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period Annual Report
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period Awards
Report Parameters
3.1 Reporting period for information provided Fiscal year 2013, which ended December 31, 2013
3.2 Date of most recent previous report (if any) Fiscal year 2012, which ended December 31, 2012
3.3 Reporting cycle Annual
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents Please submit all questions about this report here.
3.5 Process for defining report content PDF Report - Stakeholder Engagement; PDF Report - Shared Value Challenges and Opportunities; NI Approach to Shared Value
3.6 Boundary of the report Comprehensive data for all NI operations was not available. Unless otherwise noted, data presented in this report applies only to NI corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas.
3.7 State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report Gathering additional data from all NI operations for future reports is an ongoing process, and NI will provide that data in future reports as it becomes available.
3.8 Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities This report does not include data on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, or outsourced operations, unless otherwise noted.
3.9 Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the indicators and other information in the report NI captures data from its relevant organizational units as well as third parties such as energy providers. Where only estimates of data were available, that fact is noted along with the data.
3.10 Explanation of the effect of any restatements of information provided in earlier reports PDF Report - Restatements
3.11 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied in the report Starting in 2012, NI began tracking environmental data from six additional office locations in Asia, Central America, and Europe.
3.12 Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report GRI Index
3.13 Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report NI did not seek external assurance for this report for the 2013 reporting period.
Governance, Commitments, and Engagement
4.1 Governance structure of the organization Corporate Governance
4.2 Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer Yes, positions of Chairman, President, and CEO are held by Dr. James Truchard. For more information, visit Corporate Governance.
4.3 State the number of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or nonexecutive members Five. For more information, visit Corporate Governance.
4.4 Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body Code of Ethics; Proxy Statement; PDF Report - Stakeholder Engagement
4.5 Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives, and the organization’s performance NI believes that a significant portion of its executives’ total compensation should be directly linked to achieving specified financial objectives that NI thinks will create stockholder value. Under an annual incentive cash bonus program, executives receive payments based on the achievement of NI business goals approved by the NI board. In addition, all regular full-time and part-time employees, including executives, participate in a company performance bonus program. For employees to receive the maximum payout under this program, NI must achieve predetermined goals for revenue growth and profitability. NI also uses stock-based equity compensation to incentivize a large number of its regular, full-time, and exempt employees, including executives. Refer to the Executive Compensation section of the Proxy Statement for more information about the NI approach toward compensation as well as specific business goals under the annual incentive program.
4.6 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided Proxy Statement, Certain Relationships and Related Transactions section
4.7 Process for determining the qualifications and expertise of the members of the highest governance body for guiding the organization’s strategy on economic, environmental, and social topics Charter for the Nomination and Governance Committee of the NI Board of Directors; Proxy Statement, Corporate Governance section
4.8 Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental, and social performance and the status of their implementation PDF Report - NI Culture and Stakeholder Engagement
4.9 Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organization’s identification and management of economic, environmental, and social performance, including relevant risks and opportunities, and adherence or compliance with internationally agreed standards, codes of conduct, and principles PDF Report -Shared Value Challenges and Opportunities; PDF Report - Management Approach Disclosures; NI Approach to Shared Value
4.10 Processes for evaluating the highest governance body’s own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental, and social performance Charter for the Audit Committee of the NI Board of Directors
4.11 Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization NI has not explicitly addressed the precautionary approach. However, two of the three NI manufacturing facilities—one in Austin, Texas, and one in Debrecen, Hungary—are certified to ISO 14001 standards, which NI uses to proactively identify where its activities have an environmental impact. In 2014, NI will pursue conformance with the ISO 14001 standard for the newest NI manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia, by completing internal audits.
4.12 Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
External Initiative Year of Adoption Operations Where Applied Key Stakeholders Voluntary or Required
Clean Air Partners Program 2004 Corporate headquarters Employees Voluntary
Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct 2008 Worldwide Suppliers Voluntary
ISO 14001 standards 2003 Corporate headquarters and NI Hungary Employees Voluntary
4.13 Memberships in associations (such as industry associations) and/or national/international advocacy organizations NI is a member of the following organizations and standards bodies. For 2013, NI focused on gathering a list of memberships at its corporate headquarters. NI will provide additional global data in future reports as it becomes available.
  • The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST)
  • Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture
  • Austin Trade Compliance Roundtable
  • Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
  • Central Texas Technology and Education Executive Council (TEEC)
  • IVI Foundation
  • NCSL International
  • PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG)
  • PCI-SIG
  • PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA)
  • Test and Measurement Coalition
  • USB Implementers Forum
  • Wi-Fi Alliance
4.14 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization NI Culture and Stakeholder Engagement
4.15 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage NI has identified four key stakeholders—employees, shareholders, suppliers, and customers—as critical to the success of the company. NI takes these stakeholders into consideration when making decisions. Learn more in the NI Culture and Stakeholder Engagement section.
4.16 Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group PDF Report - Stakeholder Engagement
4.17 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting NI Culture and Stakeholder Engagement

Performance Indicators


Indicator Description 2013 Report Response or Link
Economic
Disclosure on Management Approach A concise disclosure with reference to the following economic aspects:
  • Economic performance
  • Market presence
  • Indirect economic impacts
PDF Report - Management Approach Disclosures
EC1 Economic value generated and distributed PDF Report - Financial Information
EC3 Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations Employee Benefits
Environmental
Disclosure on Management Approach A concise disclosure with reference to the following environmental aspects:
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Biodiversity
  • Emissions, effluents, and waste
  • Products and services
  • Compliance
  • Transport
  • Overall
PDF Report - Management Approach Disclosures
EN1 Materials used by weight or volume Product Design and Packaging
EN3 Direct energy consumption by primary energy source Electricity, Natural Gas, and Emissions
EN4 Indirect energy consumption by primary source Electricity, Natural Gas, and Emissions. For purchased electricity, the corresponding primary energy consumed in production is not available.
EN5 Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements Electricity, Natural Gas, and Emissions; Employee Efforts
EN7 Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved Electricity, Natural Gas, and Emissions; Employee Efforts
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source At NI corporate headquarters and NI Hungary, the water comes from municipal water supplies. For information about total water usage, refer to the Water Usage, Recycling, and Waste Reduction section of this report.
EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused NI does not recycle or reuse water at its corporate headquarters or NI Hungary.
EN13 Habitats protected or restored Approximately 63 percent, or 16.6 hectares, of the NI corporate headquarters campus remains in its original state with a healthy functioning ecosystem and is protected from any harm during operational activities. For more information about this campus, refer to the Water Usage, Recycling, and Waste Reduction section of this report.
EN16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight Electricity, Natural Gas, and Emissions
EN22 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method Water Usage, Recycling, and Waste Reduction
EN23 Total number and volume of significant spills No hazardous spills occurred at any NI manufacturing facilities.
EN26 Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation Product Life Cycle
EN28 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of nonmonetary sanctions for noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations No fines or sanctions were incurred for noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations at any NI manufacturing facilities.
Social
Labor Practices and Decent Work
Disclosure on Management Approach A concise disclosure with reference to the following labor aspects:
  • Employment
  • Labor/management relations
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Training and education
  • Diversity and equal opportunity
PDF Report - Management Approach Disclosures
LA1 Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region Recruit and Retain Employees
LA2 Total number and rate of employee turnover by age group, gender, and region Recruit and Retain Employees
LA7 Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by region Employee Benefits
LA10 Average hours of training per year per employee by employee category Develop Rewarding Careers
LA11 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings Develop Rewarding Careers
NI does not offer paid educational leave or sabbaticals as an employee benefit. NI offers the following transition assistance programs for employees who are retiring or who have been terminated.
Program Offered Details
Retirement planning for intended retirees Yes NI offers resources on retirement planning to all employees.
Retraining for those intending to continue working No  
Severance pay Yes NI offers severance pay in some situations. Typically, severance pay takes into account years of service.
Job placement services Yes NI offers job placement assistance in some situations.
Assistance on transitioning to a nonworking life No  
LA12 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews Develop Rewarding Careers
LA13 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity Recruit and Retain Employees
Human Rights
Disclosure on Management Approach A concise disclosure with reference to the following human rights aspects:
  • Investment and procurement practices
  • Nondiscrimination
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Abolition of child labor
  • Prevention of forced and compulsory labor
  • Complaints and grievance practices
  • Security practices
  • Indigenous rights
PDF Report - Management Approach Disclosures
HR2 Percentage of significant suppliers and contractors that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken 77 percent of suppliers have undergone this screening, and no actions have resulted from the screening. For more information about supplier screening, refer to the Operations and Product Recycling section of this report.
HR6 Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the elimination of child labor NI has not identified any operations with significant risk for incidents of child labor of young workers exposed to hazardous work. NI does not and will not use child labor. The term “child” refers to any employed person under the age of 16, under the age for completing compulsory education, or under the minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is greatest. NI supports the use of legitimate workplace apprenticeship, internship, and similar programs that comply with all laws and regulations applicable to such programs.
HR7 Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of forced or compulsory labor NI has not identified any operations with significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor. NI does not and will not use forced or involuntary labor of any type, including but not limited to forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor. Employment is voluntary.
Society
Disclosure on Management Approach A concise disclosure with reference to the following society aspects:
  • Community
  • Corruption
  • Public policy
  • Anticompetitive behavior
  • Compliance
PDF Report - Management Approach Disclosures
SO3 Percentage of employees trained in organization’s anticorruption policies and procedures Employee Communications
Product Responsibility
Disclosure on Management Approach A concise disclosure with reference to the following product responsibility aspects:
  • Customer health and safety
  • Product and service labeling
  • Marketing communications
  • Customer privacy
  • Compliance
PDF Report - Management Approach Disclosures
PR1 Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement, and percentage of significant products and services categories subject to such procedures NI assesses the health and safety impacts of products and services for improvement during the following life cycle stages.
Life Cycle Stage Impacts Assessed
Development of product concept No
R&D Yes
Certification Yes
Manufacturing and production Yes
Marketing and promotion No
Storage distribution and supply Yes
Use and service Yes
Disposal, reuse, or recycling Yes
Of the significant NI product or service categories, 100 percent are covered by and assessed for compliance with such procedures.
PR5 Practices related to customer satisfaction, including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction PDF Report - Measuring NI Customer Satisfaction