Updated on August 29, 2018
Supply chains overlap considerably in the electronics industry, with multiple manufacturers of finished products sharing the same subcontractors and parts suppliers. Accordingly, there are fears that the introduction of independent, company-specific standards for socially responsible management will cause confusion and constitute a significant burden on companies in the supply chain. With the aim of improving processes in the electronics industry supply chain, in 2004 Sony and other companies established the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (now called the Responsible Business Alliance and joined as members. The alliance then developed the RBA Code of Conduct incorporating best industry practices.
The RBA is working with its member companies to develop tools that help to establish and manage codes of conduct, Web-based systems, and skills development programs for suppliers. As of May 2018, the RBA consisted of over 120 participating companies from Europe, the Americas and Asia, and members included manufacturers and OEM companies. In cooperation with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Supply Chain Working Group, consisting mainly of the European telecom sector and other electronics industry organizations, the RBA is currently promoting social responsibility across global supply chains.