History

The founding members of the RBA saw an opportunity to drive positive change and increase efficiency.

History

The RBA was founded in 2004 by a small group of electronics companies seeking to create a industry-wide standard on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain. The founding members of the RBA – originally founded under the name “Electronic 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 amongst industry groups, the original eight founders of the RBA included major electronics brands as well as large Tier 1 suppliers. The RBA 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 RBA in a new phase of growth. 

View our 10-year anniversary video from 2014 here and read our annual reports in the publications section of this website for more information on the RBA's progress since 2004. 


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