Supplier Code of Conduct

In 2004, IBM created and deployed its unified set of Supplier Conduct Principles covering provisions of labor, health and safety, environment, and management systems. In parallel, IBM joined with seven other firms as founding members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and participated in the joint development of the EICC Code of Conduct. This initiative enabled companies in the electronics sector to agree upon a set of standards used to assess and make improvements in their operations and the upstream supply chain. IBM endorsed the EICC Code for its operations and extended it to our direct suppliers of goods (in 2008) and services/software (in 2010).

In October 2017, the EICC re-branded itself the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and consequently, the EICC Code of Conduct became the RBA Code of Conduct. Over the last decade, the RBA Code of Conduct has evolved into a well recognized code with provisions covering: labor, health and safety, environmental, ethics, and management systems. Today, RBA membership includes more than 110 companies representing the electronics, automotive, consumer, and retail sectors.