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SOCIAL COMPLIANCE

Companies considering their interactions with the environment as a broad definition will include their social impacts as well.

Such an approach is consistent with the concept of sustainable development from the United Nations Brundtland Commission:

meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 

This endeavor includes economic, environmental, and social compliance.

Corporate Social Compliance

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Definition of Social Responsibility

One can describe it as the integration of social considerations in business management.

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A socially responsible company will strive to grow while offering benefits to:

  • interested parties and stakeholders like investors, trade associations;
  • concerned parties such as the employees, subcontractors, or suppliers;
  • affected parties like neighbors, communities, the City; or
  • society in general.

Social practices include, for example:

  • Making sure that the supply chain meets local, national, or international labor laws or standards;
  • Promoting well-being to its employees that can exceed the legal framework, like the possibility of teleworking;
  • Supporting social workers in the community;
  • Encouraging social and environmental initiatives like carpooling, donations, social gathering events;
  • Contributing to charities and foundations;
  • Etc.

Relationship between Social Responsibility and Social Compliance

Corporate social compliance is defined here as the mandatory portion of social responsibility.
The most significant social compliance efforts in the electronics industry aim at fighting human trafficking and conflict minerals.

Conflict Minerals

What are the Conflict Minerals?

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Strategic minerals have played a central role in various conflicts of interest in Afghanistan, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone, and other countries. Especially in the DRC, a humanitarian crisis has been raging with terrorist atrocities and multiple human rights violations.

The US Dodd-Frank Act and the EU Regulation 2017/821 have joined efforts to target the 3TGs, four minerals originating from conflict areas in the DRC:

  • Tin (from cassiterite);
  • Tungsten (from wolframite);
  • Tantalum (from coltan);
  • Gold ore.

The electronics industry massively uses 3TGs in various applications. However, the list of conflict minerals worldwide also includes other minerals not regulated under the laws above. Such minerals include diamond and cobalt.

The CMRT

To help companies report the conflict minerals status in their supply chain, the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) updates and publishes Conflict Minerals Reporting Templates (CMRT) in Excel format.

Human Trafficking

The Worldwide Problem of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Human trafficking consists of trading people and abusing their rights. The following activities are causes for human trafficking:

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  • Forced labor;
  • Child labor;
  • People smuggling;
  • Forced marriage;
  • Sexual exploitation;
  • Body and organ harvests;
  • Human germline engineering;
  • Etc.

Modern slavery is almost a synonym to human trafficking and is one of the most lucrative illegal exploitation.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that modern slavery affects over 40 million people worldwide, including almost 25 million forced workers. Various industries are impacted, including electronic manufacturers.

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The Regulations to Combat Modern Human Trafficking

Several countries have enacted regulations to help eradicate modern slavery from supply chains:

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  • Australia
  • California
  • France
  • The European Union
  • The Netherlands
  • The UK
  • USA

Requirements include publishing a corporate policy.

Other Corporate Initiatives Against Human Trafficking

Similar to the CMRT, the STRT (Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template) helps company audit their supply chain against human trafficking. The STRT is a voluntary initiative launched by the Social Responsibility Alliance (SRA).

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