Code of Conduct

The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain.

Code of Conduct

The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain. The standards set out in the Code of Conduct reference international norms and standards including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ISO and SA standards, and many more. The RBA Code of Conduct version 5.0 was ratified in 2014 and went into effect on April 1, 2015. Version 5.1, which includes the change referenced below, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 and can be viewed here. Version 6.0 of the RBA Code of Conduct was ratified in 2017 and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Version 6.0 can be viewed here.

In March of 2015, the RBA membership held a special out-of-cycle vote to further amend section A1 – Freely Chosen Employment – of the Code. The approved language, which moved the Code to zero fees for workers, can be viewed here. The Definition of Fees related to this new language can be viewed here in English. It will soon be available in Chinese-Simplified, in Chinese-Traditional, and in Japanese. 

Download the RBA Code of Conduct 6.0 (effective Jan. 1, 2018)

English

Note: The RBA Code of Conduct v6.0 was ratified in 2017 and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Translations into all of the languages listed below for v5.1 will soon be available for v6.0.

Download the RBA Code of Conduct 5.1 (effective Jan. 1, 2016)

English

Bulgarian

Canadian French

Code of ConductChinese - Simplified

Chinese - Traditional

Czech

Dutch

French

German

Hungarian

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Malay 

Romanian

Russian

Spanish

Thai 

Vietnamese

Code Review Process

The RBA Code of Conduct is reviewed every three years to ensure its relevance to international norms and issues members may face in their supply chains. Code of Conduct review processes are extensive (typically one year in duration) and follow an extensive consultation process with members and stakeholders. Please click here for a brief overview of the RBA Code of Conduct review process.

The RBA Code of Conduct version 5.0 was ratified by RBA full members in 2014 and went into effect on April 1, 2015. Version 5.1, which includes the change referenced above, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 and can be viewed here. Version 6.0 of the RBA Code of Conduct was ratified in 2017 and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Version 6.0 can be viewed here.


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