SGS is one of the few audit firms qualified by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) providing EICC recognized audit services.

Our EICC service gives you a sound framework for monitoring the compliance and performance of your suppliers against the EICC Code of Conduct.

Background to the EICC

The EICC was established in 2004 to promote a common code of conduct for the electronics and information and communications technology (ICT) industry. It now includes more than 100 member companies with their suppliers worldwide. The current EICC audit protocol, version 5.0, was ratified in 2014 and came into effect on April 1, 2015.

The EICC code of conduct sets out the standards required to ensure that:

  • Working conditions in the electronics industry supply chain are safe
  • Workers are treated with respect and dignity
  • Manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible

The code of conduct provides clear and measurable benefits for factories in supply chains, including increased productivity and quality and reduced worker turnover, injuries and illnesses. It also enables companies to demonstrate their social responsibility towards society when bidding for international contracts or expanding locally to accommodate new business. The code of conduct has been widely adopted as the standard for social responsibility across the electronics and ICT industry.

EICC Code of Conduct principles

The EICC Code of Conduct is made up of five sections with 43 key principles:

  • Labor
    • Free chosen Employment
    • Young workers
    • Working hours
    • Wages and benefits
    • Humane treatment
    • Non-discrimination
    • Freedom of association
  • Health and Safety
    • Occupational safety
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Occupational injury and illness
    • Industrial hygiene
    • Physically demanding work
    • Machine safeguarding
    • Sanitation, food and housing
    • Health and safety communication
  • Environmental
    • Environmental permits and reporting
    • Pollution prevention and resource reduction
    • Hazardous substances
    • Wastewater and solid waste
    • Air emissions
    • Materials restrictions
    • Storm water management
    • Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Ethics
    • Business integrity
    • No improper advantage
    • Disclosure of information
    • Intellectual property
    • Fair business, advertising and competition
    • Protection of identity and non-retaliation
    • Responsible sourcing of minerals
    • Privacy
  • Management system
    • Company commitment
    • Management accountability and responsibility
    • Legal and customer requirements
    • Risk assessment and risk management
    • Improvement objectives
    • Training
    • Communication
    • Worker feedback and participation
    • Audits and assessments
    • Corrective action process
    • Documentation and records
    • Supplier responsibility

Why SGS?

SGS is one of the few auditing firms which is recognized by the EICC and GeSI and authorized to use EICC audit toolkits with EICC qualified auditors. Successful auditing against the EICC code through SGS leads to issue of an EICC official audit report. This in turn helps to reinforce commitment to the code of conduct throughout your supply chain.

Discover how EICC auditing from SGS can help you and your suppliers maintain compliance with the code.