Collaborating with industry groups, academics, nongovernmental organizations and other professional organizations is a way of leveraging individual efforts for the benefit of the whole. IBM openly shares our work and learns from these varied groups in order to make ongoing investments in supply chain social responsibility.
In 2015, IBM’s involvement with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) remained strong in terms of support, participation and utilization of the organization’s growing base of collateral. The EICC continues to expand its membership and make strides toward its ultimate goal of creating a sector that consistently operates in a socially and environmentally responsible fashion. As a founding member, IBM encourages its suppliers of products and services to join the group and participate in the development and deployment of resources aimed at driving improvements in social responsibility. At year-end, the EICC had grown to 109 member companies across retail, electronics brands, contract manufacturing, hardware components, software, logistics, communication and (new) automotive industries, representing multiple distinct tiers of the extended supply chain. IBM is also an active member of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), which is focused on the topic of conflict minerals (detailed in the following section).