EICC Working Groups
Working groups are the driving force behind the initiatives of the EICC and create most of our tools and resources. Below is a list of EICC working groups, task forces and special initiatives.
Many electronics brands as well as much of the manufacturing in the electronics supply chain are located in Asia. EICC has developed an Asia Network of member companies to address supply chain issues important to the Asia region.
EICC invites input on its Code of Conduct from all stakeholders. The Code Review Working Group oversees the code review process and seeks input and adopts improvements to the Code.
EICC members are concerned with their impact on the environment. The Environmental Sustainability Working Group creates tools and resources to achieve consistency in measurement and data gathering of supplier environmental performance, identify collaboration opportunities to make environmental improvements in the supply chain, and create and share best practices and tools to promote improvements of environmental performance and to provide leadership to enable performance improvements.
Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI)
EICC is committed to improving conditions in the electronics supply chain and believes that mining activities that fuel conflict are unacceptable. The CFSI (formerly the Extractives Working Group) seeks to enable companies to source conflict-free minerals without excluding central Africa from the global minerals supply chain.
Learning and Capability Building (LCB)
We recognize that nonconformance to the EICC Code of Conduct is often due to a lack of knowledge, skills, or business case. The LCB Working Group aims to identify, develop, and implement capability building tools, resources, and practical initiatives for EICC member companies and their supply chains that build understanding of social and environmental responsibility fundamentals—with an emphasis on implementing strong management systems—and provide in-depth training around the most common issues and greatest concerns in the supply chain.
EICC has created a membership compliance program to track member performance against the EICC membership requirement. The Membership Compliance Working Group oversees changes to the program, inviting member feedback into the process.
The EICC has created an IT solution to reduce redundancy of supply chain reporting of audits, corrective actions, best practices, and training in the Electronics supply chain. The Tools Management Working Group oversees the management of the EICC-ON system and ensures that resources provided by the EICC are up to date.
The task force's mission is to identify how to encourage transparency across the electronic supply chain in order to enhance implementation of the EICC Code of Conduct. This will be accomplished by developing recommendations for member and supply chain reporting requirements and for EICC tools and resources to assist members and suppliers in reporting activities. In developing the recommendations, the task force will engage external stakeholders that play a role in setting company reporting expectations and requirements.
Validated Audit Process
The Validated Audit Process (VAP) provides companies assurance in identifying risks and driving improvements and robust management systems for labor, ethics, health, safety, and environmental conditions in the Electronics supply chain. The VAP Working Group enhances and oversees the VAP process tools.
Many industries’ supply chains face the challenge of excessive working hours, and the electronics industry is no exception. EICC formed the Working Hours Working Group to address the root causes of excessive working hours.
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