ASUSTeK Joins with EICC to Promote Responsibility Across the Supply Chain

Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩) said Tuesday that it has become an applicant member of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), which promotes responsibility in the electronics industry supply chain.

EICC members must regard the EICC Code of Conduct as a total supply chain initiative, meaning that members must at a minimum require their next-tier suppliers to acknowledge and implement the code, Asustek said in an e-mailed statement.

Since 2008, Asustek has implemented a code of conduct for suppliers in line with standards set by the EICC, according to the company.

The EICC Code of Conduct is a set of international norms and standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ISO and SA standards.

Also, the EICC Code of Conduct outlines necessary management systems to ensure members establish the systems and structures necessary to ensure they do not infringe on workers' rights or the wellbeing of their communities.

When companies join the EICC, they are applicant members. Applicant membership, which lasts two years, helps the new members learn from their peers how to use EICC tools and conform to EICC standards.

After two years' of applicant membership, these companies are required to show conformance to EICC membership requirements in order to become full members.

Beginning with eight members in 2004, the EICC is currently comprised of nearly 100 electronics companies with combined annual revenue of nearly US$2.6 trillion, directly employing over 5.5 million people.

The EICC members include technology heavyweights like Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Taiwanese contract electronics makers, such as Foxconn Technology Group and Quanta Computer Inc., are also on the list.