EICC Annual Conference Convenes Industry, Government and Civil Society Leaders
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 30, 2017 – The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains, today announced that human rights activist and actress Julia Ormond will provide the keynote address at EICC’s annual conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Oct. 17, 2017.
Julia is the Founder and President of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET). She has traveled the world assessing solutions and challenges and has appeared as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress, the UK House of Lords, globally for the United Nations, before corporate influencers, on the global conference circuit and within educational institutions. Julia is also the UN's first Goodwill Ambassador against Trafficking and Slavery.
ASSET is the source, chief organizer and co-sponsor of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (CA TISC Act), which was passed in 2010 and came into law in 2012. ASSET went on to collaborate with Unseen UK to include and upgrade TISC in the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015. ASSET works to identify and advance systemic solutions and funding to end enslavement and empower public engagement, with an emphasis on improving the impact of corporate transparency through policy and innovation.
“The EICC has been very proactive in helping companies combat forced labor, increase our global response to transparency and in turn improve conditions for workers and communities affected by global supply chains practices,” said Julia Ormond, Founder and President of ASSET. “I’m looking forward to meeting with industry leaders at the conference to discuss opportunities and challenges as we work to eradicate slavery worldwide, I have a great deal to learn from them and their particular challenges.”
“We are very pleased to have Ms. Ormond as our keynote speaker,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the EICC. “As a former UN Goodwill Ambassador and head of ASSET, which played a key role in the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the UK Modern Slavery Act, she brings a unique perspective that will be of great interest to our members.”
Other speakers and panelists at Responsible Electronics 2017 will include high-level representatives from government, civil society, and industry. The conference will feature information and discussions critical to global supply chains as well as updates on EICC initiatives. Join us to learn more about:
- Sustainable Development Goals and their importance to supply chains
- Trends in global supply chain governance
- The changing landscape of risk assessments
- Public procurement practices
- Due diligence drivers in emerging risk areas
- Public reporting on minerals due diligence
- Responsible sourcing in the Great Lakes Region
- Harmonization and alignment with OECD Due Diligence Guidance
- The Responsible Labor Initiative
- Recent changes to the EICC Code of Conduct, which were just approved by membership
These and many other topics will be covered in general and breakout sessions. In addition, members can visit the EICC Education Hub for one-on-one discussions about various EICC tools and programs such as EICC-ON, VAP, and the Learning Academy.
Who Should Attend Responsible Electronics 2017:
- Companies that manufacture or contract the manufacture of electronic goods or a product in which electronics are essential to the primary functionality of the product, or supply materials used in the electronics of those goods
- Government officials interested in learning what the industry is doing to improve conditions for workers and the environment impacted by the global electronics supply chain
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on labor and human rights, worker health and safety, and environmental sustainability
- Audit and other firms that provide services to facilitate the industry’s CSR efforts
EICC's Responsible Electronics 2017 will be followed by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative's Annual Conference and EICC Code training, both of which require separate registration.
- EICC Members-Only Meeting: Oct. 16
- EICC Responsible Electronics Annual Conference: Oct. 17-18
- CFSI Annual Conference: Oct. 18-19
- CFSI Members-Only Meeting: Oct. 20
- EICC Code of Conduct Training: Oct. 19-20
Responsible Electronics 2017, the CFSI Annual Conference and the EICC Code Training will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Learn More and Register:
Visit the Responsible Electronics 2017 conference website to learn more and register here. For help with registration, or to become a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Valerie Esty.
The EICC is a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. EICC members commit and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The EICC is comprised of more than 110 electronics companies with combined annual revenue of greater than $4.75 trillion and directly employing over 6 million people. For more information, visit www.responsiblebusiness.org and follow @EICCoalition.
Jarrett Bens, Director of Communications
Responsible Business Alliance
Phone: +1 571.858.5721