In 2004, IBM was one of the founding members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) (link resides outside of ibm.com) and helped develop the EICC Code of Conduct. This initiative assists suppliers by providing a single common code of standards for their work in the electronics industry. IBM accepts the EICC Code of Conduct as an equivalent and alternate to its existing Supplier Conduct Principles.
As a member of the EICC, IBM is part of the Environmental Working Group that is developing a sector-wide strategy for encouraging electronics industry suppliers to inventory, disclose and reduce their GHG emissions and other environmental impacts. The EICC Environmental Working Group has developed education modules to assist suppliers in developing their energy use and GHG emissions inventories and a simple system for suppliers to disclose these emissions to EICC members.