Accountability
EICC Responsible Electronics 2016

EICC members are required to adhere to a core set of requirements and are held accountable to them.

Accountability

EICC members are required to adhere to a core set of requirements and are held accountable to them. 

The EICC Code of Conduct is at the core of member requirements. Members are required to commit to the Code of Conduct, spread that commitment to their supply chains, and must undertake a range of assessment activities to ensure they are accountable to their commitment to the Code. 

While the EICC plays an important role in reporting on and educating a range of stakeholders about the state of sustainability in the electronics industry supply chain, the EICC does not publicly comment on individual members’ activities.

2016 Member Requirements

Activity Applicant Member Full Member
Senior executive agrees to adopt the Code of Conduct for own operations and supply chains and accept the EICC mission, vision and bylaws.
Actively participate in EICC activities.
Identify high risk facilities: 100% own facilities and 80% of Tier 1 suppliers (using EICC Self-Assessment Questionnaire) each year.  
Conduct audits on at least 25% of the members’ own high-risk facilities and 25% of members’ suppliers’ high risk facilities.  
Report and implement corrective action plans for any priority findings at high risk suppliers.  

Commitment to Standards and Accountability

All EICC members are required to commit publicly to the EICC Code of Conduct and actively pursue conformance to the Code and its standards. EICC members must regard the Code as a total supply chain initiative, meaning that members must at a minimum require their next tier suppliers to acknowledge and implement the Code.

EICC full members are held accountable to their Code of Conduct commitment via a range of mandatory accountability and assessment means, including self-assessment questionnaires, audits and corrective actions where necessary. EICC applicant members have two years from the date they join the EICC to confirm to our membership requirements; applicant members may also choose to become full members more quickly if they are ready to comply with our requirements more quickly.

For a complete explanation of EICC member requirements in 2016, please view our member compliance document. Starting in 2017 there will be four member categories and corresponding requirements. A revised member compliance document will be posted here at that time. For a brief summary of the new member requirements, please view our Join Us page

The EICC Code of Conduct itself also outlines necessary management systems to ensure members establish the systems and structures necessary to ensure they do not infringe on workers’ rights nor the wellbeing of their communities. These systems and structures are vital to prevent accidents and abuses that damage both businesses and communities. The EICC provides a range of tools and resources to help members establish and maintain these systems and structures.

Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Supply chain sustainability doesn’t happen overnight, and companies will always face new or chronic challenges to protect the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities in their supply chains. As the leading industry coalition driving electronics supply chain sustainability, the EICC sets standards, holds members accountable to them, and provides members a range of “carrot and stick” measures to drive continuous improvement in members’ supply chain sustainability and achieve the EICC mission and vision.

In light of this approach, EICC members are required to commit to the EICC’s approach of continuous improvement. EICC members demonstrate this commitment through continuous real improvement in performance in assessments, use of EICC training tools and resources and participation in EICC activities, including project-specific working groups and taskforces and EICC events.

For additional information about member requirements, including fees and reporting, please view our Join Us page.