We periodically like to provide you with an update on our efforts in Corporate Responsibility. An example of one of these initiatives is Dell’s collaboration with IDH on improving working conditions at suppliers in China. 

Dell is working with leading electronics companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a program designed to improve working conditions at the supplier level by finding innovative ways to address nonconformance issues. Initially the program’s work will focus on the half-million workers at more than 100 suppliers in China. Dell and other organizations (such as Philips, Hewlett-Packard, Somo, GoodElectronics and the Dutch trade union federation FNV) are collaborating with the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) on two main strategies:

  • Creating a supplier improvement program for Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers focusing on precarious work, worker-management communication, occupational health and safety and environmental issues
  • Developing a roadmap for embedding sustainability beyond the supplier level throughout the Guangdong region, with endorsement by involved companies, NGOs and government

The program kickoff is scheduled for October 21, with executives from Dell, HP, and Philips introducing the benefit of the program to suppliers. Dell will identify three to five suppliers to engage in this improvement program.

We remain committed to the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and its code of conduct, and will continue to take a leadership role in the organization. This new effort is designed to build on the success of the EICC and complements other efforts to accelerate improvement in our supply base.