The RBA was founded in 2004 by a small group of electronics companies seeking to create an industry-wide standard on social, environmental and ethical issues in the industry supply chain. The founding members of the RBA – originally founded under the name “Electronics Industry Code of Conduct” – saw an opportunity to drive positive change and increase efficiency across the industry by creating a unified approach and ensuring that suppliers were held to a common standard. Unique among industry groups, the original founders of the EICC included major electronics brands as well as large Tier 1 suppliers.
As the EICC expanded its scope, programs and tools, it became the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition. The EICC was run primarily by volunteers from member companies for its first nine years. In 2013, a full-time professional staff was hired to support the EICC in a new phase of growth. Since that time its influence, capabilities, focus areas and membership have expanded dramatically. The shift in October 2017 to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) marked the next phase of the organization. View our video about the rebrand from EICC to RBA below.