Corporate social responsibility & sustainable development

By Zhou Jian | May 28, 2019
Corporate social responsibility

At GMN, we are not only committed to providing a safer and cleaner workplace for all our employees, but also to protect and preserve the environment for future generations. In addition to creating the highest quality products and offering outstanding service to our diverse customers, GMN also shoulders the responsibility to create a better social environment. With sustainable development forming one of the core pillars of our value system, GMN’s China Division joined hands with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), now known as the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). Entering its tenth consecutive year of membership with the EICC this year, GMN’s China Division has marked a decade of positively contributing towards its goal. 

But, what is the EICC and what does it entail? In 2004, leading electronics companies in the United States, such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard (HP), developed a code of conduct for corporate social responsibility and governance. Highly representative of international human rights standards such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the EICC code of conduct is a social, environmental, and ethical norm for the global supply chain. While this code had its origin in the electronics industry, it was soon embraced by other industries. Reflecting its growing influence worldwide, the EICC rightfully changed its name to Responsible Business Alliance in 2017, which is no longer limited to the electronics industry today.

The EICC code of conduct covers five broad areas, namely labor, health and safety, environment, ethics, and management systems. Aimed at safeguarding employee rights, the labor code includes various parameters such as fair wages and compensation, non-discrimination, and anti-child laws. While the objective of the health and safety code is to address occupational safety, hazards, and workplace injuries, the other codes encapsulate other business practices and conditions including legal accountability, material handling, managing wastes and pollution prevention, fair trade, business integrity, and more. GMN’s China Division operates under the outlined social, environmental, and ethical framework through training and assessment provided by the EICC. GMN’s China Division passes an audit every year to demonstrate its adherence to the EICC code and maintain its membership status.

As a proud member of the EICC, GMN continues to create a positive impact on its community and environment while safeguarding the rights and benefits of its workforce in the electronics industry supply chain.