RBA staff frequently have web meetings with prospective members to cover background on RBA and tools demos and are happy to do so at a time that works best for you. Please contact us to set up a call to answer any questions you have or call us directly at +1 571.858.5720.
RBA membership is open to companies that manufacture or contract the manufacture of a product in which electronics is a function of the product, or supply materials used in those goods.
In recent years, as evidenced by our member list, the RBA has seen its membership expand beyond traditional electronics companies – into automotive and toy industries, for example – due to the prevalence of electronics in so many products.
There are four membership categories and corresponding requirements as outlined below.
Benefits of Membership
- Learn from leaders: Participate in a vibrant community of practice of leading companies from throughout the supply chain for learning and collaboration opportunities with your customers and suppliers. Members can also take advantage of in-person and online training and learning opportunities covering dozens of key topics in supply chain sustainability.
- Access tools: Joining the RBA ensures your company is in line with the industry-wide code of conduct and allows you access to tools and resources that puts your company on a path toward top supply chain sustainability performance. Key tools you have access to as a member company include our industry-leading e-learning academy with over 60 training modules, our online sustainability data management and sharing system RBA-Online, our Validated Assessment Program, our annual Responsible Business conference and global outreach events.
- Improve efficiency: Access shared social compliance assessments from companies and their suppliers throughout the supply chain and ensure your company has the information it needs for continuous improvement in supply chain sustainability, while also lowering costs and increasing efficiency in sustainability programs.
- Get out in front: Ensure your company is out in front on emerging issues and risks in supply chain sustainability. With the resources and tools of the RBA your company can stay up-to-date on key developments from the industry and beyond, including in the news media and with key stakeholders.
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The RBA will verify membership levels of individual companies with the member’s prior approval. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a request. One request is required per company.
Commitment to Standards and Accountability
RBA Full Members are held accountable to verification of their Code of Conduct commitment via a range of mandatory accountability and assessment means, including self-assessment questionnaires, VAPs and corrective actions where necessary.
The RBA Code of Conduct itself also outlines necessary management systems to ensure members establish the systems and structures necessary to ensure they do not infringe on workers’ rights nor the wellbeing of their communities. These systems and structures are vital to prevent accidents and abuses that damage both businesses and communities. The RBA provides a range of tools and resources to help members establish and maintain these systems and structures.
Commitment to Continuous Improvement
Supply chain sustainability doesn’t happen overnight and companies will always face new or chronic challenges to protect the rights and well-being of workers and communities in their supply chains. As the leading industry coalition driving supply chain sustainability, the RBA sets standards, holds members accountable to them, and provides a range of measures to drive continuous improvement in members’ supply chain sustainability and achieve the RBA mission and vision.
In light of this approach, RBA members are required to commit to the RBA’s approach of continuous improvement. RBA members demonstrate this commitment through continuous real improvement in performance in assessments, use of RBA training tools and resources and participation in RBA activities, including project-specific working groups and taskforces and RBA events.
See our complete member requirements here.
RBA members pay annual membership dues of $35,000 or $45,000 per year, depending on their company's revenue, with $9B as the demarcation line. New members also pay a one-time application fee of $5,000.