EICC members have ratified the EICC Code of Conduct, version 5.0. This version will take effect on 1 April 2015. The current EICC Code of Conduct, version 4.0, requirement will end on 31 March 2015.
The EICC Code of Conduct is a set of standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain. Since its first inception on October 2004, version 1.0, there have been numerous valuable changes, including new sub-sections being injected into the Code. The Code takes reference to international norms and standards including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ISO and SA standards, and many more.
What are the key changes or newly added requirements? Annex I provides the information on the key changes. Most sub-sections requirements have been further emphasized on the criteria. One sub-section, namely D9 has been deleted. However, the criterion still remains and combined into D6. Some new sub-sections have being included, namely B8, C7 and C8. Though sub-section B8, Health and Safety Communication being added, the original intent has already being embedded in the previous EICC Code, version 4.0. However, in EICC Code, version 5.0, it provides a clear requirement that training and communication on health and safety has to be in primary language, the language understood by the worker.
In similar way, sub-section C7, Storm Water Management, this requirement was previously under the category of wastewater in EICC Code, version 4.0. EICC Code, version 5.0 requires a systematic approach to prevent storm water contamination and prevent discharges and spills from entering storm drains. Facilities need to identify potential pollutant sources that might affect storm water runoff. Storm Water Pollution Protection Plan will be required to prevent storm water pollution.
As for sub-section C8, Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, this is entirely new. Facilities are expected to track and report on any significant on-site generation, purchased electricity, fuel consumption, and renewable energy that is produced or consumed on-site. Documented information is required to show how energy and other greenhouse gas sources are converted into greenhouse gas emissions using internationally-accepted greenhouse gas protocol.
With the advent of EICC Code, version 5.0, it is expected that all facilities in electronics supply chain start to take proactive actions by embracing the new changes and go for continual improvement and compliance.
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