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ticularly some of our process technology, is an important factor in our success. We rely upon non-disclosure agree-
ments and contractual provisions and a system of internal safeguards to protect our proprietary information. Despite
these safeguards, there is a risk that competitors may obtain and use such information. The laws of foreign juris-
dictions in which we conduct business may provide less protection for confidential information than the U.S.
We rely on certain technology that we license from other parties to manufacture and sell our products. We
believe that we have adequate cross-licenses and other agreements in place in addition to our own intellectual property
portfolio to compete successfully in the storage industry. For discussion of risks related to our ownership and use of
intellectual property, see Item 1A of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Environmental Regulation
We are subject to a variety of U.S. and foreign laws and regulations in connection with our operations and relat-
ing to the protection of the environment, including those governing discharges of pollutants into the air and water,
the management and disposal of hazardous substances, and the cleanup of contaminated sites. Some of our operations
require environmental permits and controls to prevent and reduce air and water pollution. These permits are subject
to modification, renewal and revocation by issuing authorities. We believe that we have obtained or are in the process
of obtaining all necessary environmental permits for our operations.
We have established environmental management systems and continually update our environmental policies and
standard operating procedures for our operations worldwide. We believe that our operations are in material com-
pliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations and permits. We budget for operating and capital costs on an
ongoing basis to comply with environmental laws.
Our properties have in some cases been operated for many years and may contain soil or groundwater con-
tamination. In certain of our facilities we are undertaking voluntary monitoring of soil and groundwater. Based on
available information, including our voluntary monitoring activities, we do not believe that we have a current affirma-
tive legal obligation for any remedial action.
For a discussion of risks related to environmental regulation, see Item 1A of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Employees
As of June 28, 2013, we employed a total of 85,777 employees worldwide, excluding temporary employees and
contractors. Many of our employees are highly skilled, and our continued success depends in part upon our ability to
attract and retain such employees. Accordingly, we offer employee benefit programs which we believe are, in the
aggregate, competitive with those offered by our competitors.
While the substantial majority of our employees are not party to a collective bargaining agreement, a majority of
our employees in Japan are subject to a collective bargaining agreement. In addition, each of our three manufacturing
subsidiaries in China has its own labor union of which many of each subsidiary's direct employees are members. Our
three manufacturing subsidiaries in China are not currently subject to collective bargaining agreements; however, the
government has required that they begin collective bargaining negotiations in calendar 2013. We consider our
employee relations to be good. For a discussion of risks related to our skilled employees, see Item 1A of this Annual
Report on Form 10-K.
Available Information
We maintain an Internet Web site at www.westerndigital.com. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to reports filed or furnished pursuant to Sec-
tions 13(a) and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, are available on our Web site at
www.westerndigital.com, free of charge, as soon as reasonably practicable after the electronic filing of these reports
with, or furnishing of these reports to, the SEC. Any materials we file with the SEC are available at the SEC's Public
Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549. Additional information about the operation of the
Public Reference Room can also be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. In addition, the SEC maintains a
Web site at www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding
issuers that file electronically with the SEC, including us.
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