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.
Version 7.0 of the Code of Conduct went into effect on January 1, 2021. Version 7.0 can be viewed here in English and below in multiple languages. In case of any translation discrepencies, the English version takes precedent.
The revised "Defintion of Fees," which also went into effect on January 1, 2021, can be viewed here.
In addition, to more fully understand the RBA Code of Conduct requirements, please view the latest Code Interpretation Guidance, which can be found within the public version of the VAP Operations Manual v7.0 here in English. Additional VAP guidance documents can be found on this page of our website.
View upcoming trainings on the RBA Code of Conduct and VAP here.
RBA Code of Conduct 7.0 (effective Jan. 1, 2021)
Code 7.0 Translations (more available soon)
Code Review Process
The RBA Code of Conduct is updated 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 a thorough consultation process with members and stakeholders.