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The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of social, environmental and ethical industry standards.
The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of social, environmental and ethical industry standards. 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. While the Code of Conduct originated with the electronics industry in mind, it is applicable to and used by many industries beyond electronics.
The RBA Code of Conduct version 5.0 was ratified in 2014 and went into effect on April 1, 2015. 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. Version 5.1 of the Code, which included this new language, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Version 6.0 of the RBA Code of Conduct was ratified in 2017 and went into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Version 6.0 can be viewed here and in multiple languages below.
In addition, to fully understand the detailed RBA Code of Conduct requirements, please view version 6.0.0 of the RBA Code Interpretation Guidance, which can be found within the VAP Operations Manual here in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.
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.
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