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 2016, 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 114 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).

Each member of IBM’s Supply Chain Social Responsibility team is part of one or more of the EICC’s workgroups. This allows us to remain engaged in, contribute to and learn from other companies that constitute the various groups. IBM expanded its participation in a number of EICC or CFSI working groups, including:

  • Code revision workgroup
  • Validated audit process workgroup
  • Capability building workgroup
  • Indirect spend workgroup
  • China smelter engagement team
  • Europe smelter engagement team
  • Asia/Indonesia smelter engagement team
  • Global smelter engagement team
  • Gold subteam
  • Conflict minerals reporting template team

Building upon its long history of working with indirect suppliers (often in our services and software businesses), IBM co-leads the EICC’s indirect spend workgroup. This group is engaging EICC members that deploy the EICC Code of Conduct to indirect suppliers that support the electronics industry. Suppliers in this sector are varied and range from large global firms to locally owned small enterprises, which presents a challenge in terms of communicating and assessing compliance to the EICC code. This workgroup is also engaging key suppliers to collaborate on determining the most effective means of deploying the code and assessments in this varied sector of the supply chain.

The EICC annual report provides an in-depth review of the organization’s accomplishments. This report is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the areas the EICC is engaged in and the collateral being developed for members and suppliers to use in making improvements across the five pillars of the EICC Code of Conduct. The report also publishes aggregate results for EICC audits commissioned by members and their suppliers during the course of the year.

In addition to its involvement with the EICC, IBM continues its engagement activities with local and nongovernmental organizations around the globe. As a key member of the electronic industry in Mexico, IBM collaborates with industry chambers and nonprofit organizations that share our passion for a sustainable and responsible supply chain.

IBM continues its relationship with Centro de Reflexión y Acción Laboral, a nongovernmental organization located in Mexico. Through open communication, we are addressing in a constructive manner areas of mutual concern regarding working conditions in our regional supply chain.

Download the 2016 report