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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 24, 2015 – The Responsible Business Alliance (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, and CDP, the international NGO driving sustainable economies (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), today announced a new partnership to help expand greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting and reductions in the electronics supply chain. The EICC is the first industry group to partner with CDP’s supply chain program.
The EICC will be collaborating with CDP to encourage electronics companies to disclose through CDP’s supply chain program, which is designed to guide companies to achieve their environmental potential. This is an opportunity for EICC members to pilot a GHG initiative that can help them measure and look for ways to reduce emissions, while enabling the EICC to drive GHG reporting further down the supply chain. All submitted data is independently assessed against CDP’s respected scoring methodology, and CDP scores enable benchmarking and easy identification of best practices in corporate climate leadership.
The initial reporting cycle will start on April 1 and will be completed by July 31, 2015. Following this period, the EICC and CDP plan to publish joint reports on industry trends in GHG reporting and help EICC members develop product supply chain GHG inventories.
“Through this partnership with CDP, we aim to have more electronics suppliers reporting on greenhouse gas emissions than ever before, develop the strongest supply chain GHG emissions mapping of any industry, and help our members with their own supplier benchmarking and reporting so they can drive cost-effective GHG reductions,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director, EICC.
“In the past year, suppliers reported 3.5 million metric tons of carbon reductions directly as a result of customer engagement through our program. We look forward to working with the EICC, which is the leading supply chain CSR organization in the electronics industry, to help its members reduce their supply chain greenhouse gas emissions and to develop data-driven insights for the industry,” said Dexter Galvin, Head of CDP’s Supply Chain Program.
Last year the EICC reaffirmed its commitment to reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions in supply chains by including GHG reporting and reduction in its updated Code of Conduct and Validated Audit Protocol (VAP), which go into effect on April 1, 2015. The EICC Environmental Sustainability Work Group (ESWG) has made GHG emissions one of its priority issues for 2015, and the group plans to offer a number of programs and tools to help EICC members and suppliers learn more about the issue, develop GHG emissions inventories, and begin looking for cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions.
CDP has been working for 14 years to move the issues of climate change and energy efficiency onto boardroom agendas and into mainstream business, purchasing and investment strategies. Since pioneering its global natural capital disclosure system, CDP has driven organizations and cities around the world to understand and act on the business case for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and moving to cleaner energy sources.
The EICC is a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to the social, environmental and ethical responsibility of their supply chains. Our members commit and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The EICC is comprised of more than 100 electronics companies, representing 17 different sectors from consumer brands to smelters, with combined annual revenue of approximately $3 trillion, and directly employing over 5.5 million people. For more information, visit www.responsiblebusiness.org and follow us @EICCoalition.
CDP is an international, nonprofit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 822 institutional investors with assets of $95 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions. Visit www.cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.
Jarrett Bens, Director of Communications
Responsible Business Alliance
Phone: +1 571.858.5721
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