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Circular Materials

The commitment of RBA members to creating safe and sustainable supply chains isn’t limited to sourcing and manufacturing. The RBA facilitates members’ efforts to adapt their business models and products to the circular economy by supporting integrated, international supply chains that further circular material use and protect human rights and the environment.

As technology companies look for new methods and opportunities to reclaim and integrate materials and components into their products, the RBA assists by applying its extensive knowledge and experience addressing social, labor and environmental challenges in manufacturing supply chains to the material reclamation sector. Doing so empowers the industry to further engage other sectors of the circular economy, confident that their circular materials and components are responsibly sourced without poor working conditions, unacceptable labor practices, or severe environmental degradation.

The RBA is dedicated to convening members, suppliers and stakeholders within forward and reverse supply chains to advance circular material use through joint initiatives that enable greater transparency into practices and measurement of material movements, advance supply chain capacity and networks for extended material viability and use, and drive responsible business conduct throughout circular material value chains.

Circular Electronics Partnership
The challenges of achieving an industry-wide circular economy, and increasing circular material use, requires action and specialization in many critical points within supply chains. Although the RBA can significantly contribute to increasing the reliability and transparency of responsibly recycled electronics, it requires coordination with a landscape of actors and organizations. The RBA is dedicated to partnering with other leaders in the circular economy to ensure its efforts contribute to a larger impact within members’ organizations and the industry as a whole. The RBA is a founding partner of the Circular Electronics Partnership, which facilitates collaboration between industry, partners and other stakeholders to address collective barriers to circularity across the value chain.

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