Responsible Electronics 2013: Magic of the Partnership


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  • Audiences for social dialogue, sustainable competitiveness
  • Consider color-coding the three elements and then color-code the appropriate sections to provide additional reinforcement and context for the audience
  • How do we use partnerships to help achieve our goals of improving workplace conditions and workers’ lives.meeting will be held in Grand Peninsula Ballroom (A-C) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the San Fran Airport. The program will be held from 3:15 a.m. - 4:30 a.m.Speakers: Jane Hwang, Director of Corporate Programs and Training, Social Accountability International; Ted van der Put, Program Director, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative; Ryan Young, Index Manager, Sustainable Apparel Initiative; Bridget Scanlan, Electronics Program Manager, Fair Labor Association; Luis Neves, Chairman, Global e-Sustainability InitiativeModerator: Rob Lederer, EICCHow do partnerships – both traditional and innovative – help us reach our goals? This panel features associations and coalitions who have years of experience leveraging partnerships to achieve their goals and position themselves for success in the future.We have allocated approximately 10 minutes for each panel presentation. We would like to ask each panel member to share their areas of activity that they feel would be of interest to the audience the CSR/Environmental space . At the conclusion of the presentations we will open up the discussion to al panel members and the audience as we explore ways to work closer together to meet the challenges facing the industry, our organizations and our membership.
  • How does the FLA reach its goals and make real and sustainable change - improving workplace conditions and workers’ lives?
  • Some partnerships form when 2 organizations seek to draw upon each others’ strengths and achieve results in areas outside of their immediate expertise or mission.
  • FLA partners with international unions and other civil society organizations and companies around the world to address complex labor issues at the local level. Local partners are poised to act swiftly and have the necessary relationships with key players in the region who need to be involved in finding solutions.
  • Partnerships are essential when addressing complex issues in the supply chain. The FLA often partners with stakeholders to assist with assessments and remediation in the Agriculture industry, in particular, due to the remoteness of farms, the sheer number of farms, and the importance of understanding local context.
  • In the wake of the tragic fires in Bangladesh that killed more than 100 people and the fatal fires recentlyin Pakistan, FLA launched an initiative that brings together FLA affiliates, public agencies, civil society organizations and workers to build competencies at the local level to prevent disasters.
  • Now that we’ve gone through a few examples of partnerships, let’s talk for a minute about programmatically ensuring partnerships occur and are build into development of solutions. When a company affiliates with the FLA, they agree to a set of 10 Principles which guide their compliance programs. These Principles encourage companies to engage with partners on systemic issues and to strengthen their partnerships with their suppliers. They also encourage regular, strategic engagement with local civil society organizations and experts.
  • A few concluding remarks… ask yourself how do we move this industry forward? How do we address some of the existing challenges and systemic issues? What are the problems that could benefit from collaboration?
  • Responsible Electronics 2013: Magic of the Partnership

    1. 1. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Welcomes you to Sponsored by Exhibitors
    2. 2. The Magic of the Partnerships EICC Conference Oct 1-3 San Francisco Ted van der Put
    3. 3. IDH convenes partners in supply chains.. • Public private partnership facility • Funded by Dutch, Swiss and Danish ODA • Impact on MDGs1,7 and 8 and PSD • 18 commodity chains in 50 countries • 300 companies • 30 international NGOs • 130 million Euro investment capital
    4. 4. IDH & partners jointly innovate in electronics and tin IDH proposes to scale up with EICC Content
    5. 5. IDH & partners, (in cooperation with Elevate and ERI) jointly innovate in accelerating improvements in electronics supply base 75 suppliers and 200.000 workers by 2015 ! …….In partnership with
    6. 6. Sustainability risks remain prevalent in supply chain 10+ years of auditing has not impacted hotspots Excessive overtime >70% suppliers # Labor strikes increasing
    7. 7. We move from compliance to commitment.. Buyers engaging with suppliers instead of policing
    8. 8. Supplier management in dialogue with workers ..introduce innovative improvements..
    9. 9. ..introduce innovative improvements.. Dialogue creates commitment  Innovative solutions to factory challenges  Ownership of improvements  A more cooperative, committed and stable workforce  More trust from workers in management Source: IDH Workers’ survey 2012
    10. 10. ..and analyze the business case. In Southern China:  70,000 labor dispute cases filed by un-committed workers in 1 year  >20% worker turnover in manufacturing industry Source: INFACT 2011
    11. 11. …. identifying business barriers and enablers.
    12. 12. ..linking capacity building to the business case.  Trust leads to increased production efficiency Source: IDH Workers’ survey 2012
    13. 13. We convene and jointly scope intervention options in the Indonesian tin supply chain.. “New IDH Public-Private Indonesian Tin Working Group to explore how companies in the downstream supply chain can help improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Indonesian tin production”
    14. 14. Effective partnerships follow strategy and deliver By sharing & using best practices.. • Sharing innovative modules • Sharing business case studies • Sharing data analyses ..and by taking next steps in supporting the business case for sustainable supply chains • Set up a EICC/IDH business case working group • Pilot enabling mechanisms
    15. 15. Thank you for your attention!
    16. 16. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Welcomes you to Sponsored by Exhibitors
    17. 17. Collaboration and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition Ryan Young Vice President, Higg Index Sustainable Apparel Coalition EICC Responsible Electronics 2013 Tuesday, October 1, 2013
    18. 18. Who is the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)?
    19. 19. Who We Are For an updated list, please visit
    20. 20. Current Members Brands: Retailers:
    21. 21. Current Members Suppliers: Consumer Service Companies:
    22. 22. Current Members Non-Profit, Government & Academia: Industry Affiliates:
    23. 23. SAC Vision An apparel and footwear industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities.
    24. 24. 25
    25. 25. The Higg Index 1.0 was launched July 26, 2012
    26. 26. The Higg Index 2.0 will launch in November, 2013 Adoption Transparency Industry-wide Scalability
    27. 27.  We are led by the entire value chain, not any one segment  Our mission and working groups engage all stakeholders by providing value for all stakeholders  Our Members actively participate in the SAC through formal working groups with Member Co-chairs  We proactively communicate our desire to partner wherever possible – no recreating the wheel  We are open to new collaboration opportunities – you never know where they might lead How the SAC Collaborates
    28. 28. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Welcomes you to Sponsored by Exhibitors
    29. 29. u © Social Accountability International 2013 Social Accountability International Standards and guidance development Stakeholder engagement and dialogue Training and capacity building
    30. 30. u Employers • Commitment • Management Systems • Incentives Workers • Rights • Voice • Impacts Government • Commitment • Policies • Resources • Competencies © Social Accountability International 2011 Training and Capacity Building Attitudes, Skills, Knowledge
    31. 31. u Brazil Worker Engagement Program Social Fingerprint Rapid Results  Team – build the skills of a worker/manager team  Goal – meet an ambitious 100 day goal on a key OHS challenge  Process – strengthen processes so that results are sustained SAI RRI Copyright 2013 PROCESS GOAL TEAM
    32. 32. u Social Fingerprint Rapid Results In 100 days…  Reduced chemical exposure by 50%  Reduced injury-causing manual tray transport from 42 to 3 times per shift  100% of workers can describe their roles and responsibilities in case of fire and evacuate in under 3 minutes  90+% of workers understand how to file OHS complaints and are satisfied with how the system works  Reduce by 20% the level of absenteeism due to ergonomic injuries SAI RRI Copyright 2013
    33. 33. u © SAI 201334 Keys to Effective Capacity Building #1 – Managing Change #2 – Improving Processes  SAI partners with Rapid Results Institute  Overcome the hurdles to change  Sustain improvements
    34. 34. u Keys to Effective Capacity Building #3 - Partnership between Workers and Managers  Team of workers and managers  Workers elected by peers  Worker team leader and manager team leader © SAI 2013 35
    35. 35. u Worker Representative Elections © Social Accountability International 2013
    36. 36. u Keys to Effective Capacity Building #4 - Partnership with Business Departments  Inside the buyers and suppliers  Cross-functional teams  Understanding and aligning incentives © SAI 2013 37
    37. 37. u Keys to Effective Capacity Building #5 - Partnership with Senior Leaders  Transparency between buyers and suppliers  Senior leader and worker-manager team fully engaged  Gaining commitment from decision-makers © SAI 2013 38
    38. 38. u Keys to Effective Capacity Building #6 - Partnership with Stakeholders  Buy-in and involvement of:  Union representatives  Industry associations © SAI 2013 39
    39. 39. u Keys to Effective Capacity Building #7 - Measuring Impact  SAI and Good World Solutions – Labor Link worker surveys to measure worker awareness and project impacts © SAI 2013 40
    40. 40. Stay Connected © Social Accountability International 2013 Twitter: @sa_intl LinkedIn Groups: • Social Accountability International • Social Fingerprint® Subscribe to e-Newsletter: •
    41. 41. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Welcomes you to Sponsored by Exhibitors
    42. 42. The Magic of Partnerships
    43. 43. “We can’t do it alone” • Balancing views and objectives • Combining strengths • Solving localized challenges • Tackling complex issues • Addressing systemic issues Partnerships = Synergy
    44. 44. • FLA & EICC • Additional Examples: – Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) – Ethical Trading Initiative – Norway (IEH) – Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) – China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles (CCCT) Combining Strengths
    45. 45. • Third Party Complaint from workers in Guatemala City • Factory’s failure to pay severance • FLA, Brands, Suppliers, University of Washington, the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC), and COVERCO • Payment for 95% of affected employees Solving Localized Challenges
    46. 46. • 40% of the world’s cocoa is grown in Côte d’Ivoire where children are working in sometimes deplorable conditions • How do we eradicate child labor while addressing complex cultural and legal issues? • Requires support from brands, suppliers, and local stakeholders • Assessment and remediation “Action Plan” Tackling Complex Issues
    47. 47. • Tragic fires continue to be a risk • How do we create a shared understanding and change the system? • Initiative involving companies, civil society organizations, institutions and government agencies • Develop competencies and tools for assessing fire hazards, facilitate dialogue, & train and empower Addressing Systemic Issues
    48. 48. P8. Responsible Purchasing Practices P6. Addressing persistent and/or egregious forms of noncompliance P9. Company Affiliate establishes & maintains relationships with labor non-governmental organizations, trade unions & other civil society institutions • Develop a civil society outreach strategy • Develop and maintain links to civil society organizations (CSOs) • Engage with CSOs in the design and implementation of compliance program strategies, trainings, worker communication channels, or remediation plans. • Consult with legally constituted unions or worker representative structures. Principles - Calling for Partnerships
    49. 49. • Audit fatigue • Working hours • Student interns • Greater visibility in the Supply Chain • Understanding Workers Looking Forward
    50. 50. Questions? Bridget Scanlan, Electronics Program Manager Fair Labor Association +1 202-386-7186 (USA)
    51. 51. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Welcomes you to Sponsored by Exhibitors