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Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct Audits

UL Solutions’ Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct audits help you demonstrate that your company takes the rights and well-being of its workers seriously.

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Over 200 companies from various industries including electronics, retail, auto and toy source components from multiple suppliers globally, and it can prove challenging to ensure that all those suppliers follow best practices for corporate social responsibility.

These companies can rely on UL Solutions for Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct audits to help demonstrate that they take the rights and well-being of their workers seriously.

UL Solutions has extensive knowledge and experience with the auditing process for the electronics industry supply chain. UL Solutions is one of the only social auditing firms in the world that holds ANAB ISO 17020 Accreditation for BSCI and RBA VAP social audits.

UL Solutions offers customers a full portfolio of responsible sourcing services to address the evolving needs of the marketplace.

We take a customizable and holistic approach to supporting our customers in developing their responsible sourcing programs based on the customer’s particular business strategy and supply chain.

Our auditors are RBA-trained and -qualified, and APSCA-approved.

Electronics companies source components from multiple suppliers worldwide, and it can prove challenging to ensure that all those suppliers follow best practices when it comes to the principles of corporate social responsibility. The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is the world’s largest corporate social responsibility coalition in global industry supply chains.

RBA members have increased confidence that their suppliers and their own factories follow the highest social, environmental and ethical standards to ensure that their employees and those of their suppliers are treated well. Implementing the Code of Conduct can improve your brand’s reputation and can also help stability of your profits while reducing the risks of negative publicity.

Importance of the RBA Code of Conduct

Following the RBA Code of Conduct demonstrates that your company takes the rights and well-being of its workers seriously. Today’s consumers feel increasingly concerned about the way the products they use are manufactured, and they prefer to buy products from brands they perceive as ethical.

If a brand is found not to follow the highest standards when it comes to workers’ rights in its facilities or it sources components from companies that treat employees poorly, its reputation can sustain serious damage. In such a case, shareholders could demand change, and negative publicity may affect profits. Ensuring that your facilities — and those of your suppliers — follow the RBA Code of Conduct helps you reduce these risks.

Auditing facilities and your supply chain may:

  • Help ensure the highest health and safety standards and fair conditions for workers
  • Protect your brand
  • Empower trust in consumers and customers
  • Help mitigate the risk of expensive civil litigation or industrial action if found to be violating standards
  • Help foster environmentally responsible business operations

UL Solutions’ RBA Code of Conduct services

UL Solutions has extensive knowledge and experience in the auditing process for the electronics industry supply chain. The RBA Code of Conduct auditing process lasts 1-6 days, depending on the size of the facility under assessment. We also train our auditors to spot hard-to-find violations such as instances of forced labor.

One of the most fundamental RBA programs is the Validated Assessment Program (VAP), which is one of the leading standards for on-site compliance assessments and effective, shareable audits.

We offer three types of RBA-approved auditing services:

  • Validated Assessment Program (VAP) audit – This is one of the most essential RBA programs. The RBA offers three levels of VAP recognition:
    • Platinum – For factories with a minimum VAP score of 200 and all priority, major and minor findings closed
    • Gold – For factories with a minimum VAP score of 180 and all priority and major findings closed
    • Silver – For factories with a minimum VAP score of 160 and all priority findings closed
    An RBA-approved, independent third-party audit firm provides an on-site audit of a supplier, potential supplier, and/or a company’s own facility. The RBA Audit Quality Manager (AQM) independently manages the end-to-end process and the audit firm to help ensure process integrity and adherence to the RBA VAP Quality Management Guidelines. The auditee must provide necessary corrective action plans following the release of the Validated Assessment Report (VAR) and undergo a closure assessment as needed.
  • Customer-managed audit (CMA) (non-VAP audit) – An assessment of a facility overseen by one of the facility's customers
  • Auditee-managed audit (AMA) (non-VAP audit) – An audit overseen by the auditee

Why UL Solutions for your responsible business alliance audits

UL Solutions is the only social auditing firm in the world that holds ANAB ISO 17020 Accreditation for BSCI and RBA VAP Social Audits.

UL Solutions offers customers a full portfolio of responsible sourcing services to address the evolving needs of the marketplace.

We take a customizable and holistic approach to supporting our customers in developing their responsible sourcing programs based on the customer’s specific business strategy and supply chain.

Our auditors are RBA-trained and -qualified, and APSCA-approved.

Our expert auditors follow the RBA audit toolkits and can conduct thorough and in-depth assessments of your sites. This gives you a comprehensive compliance program ensuring strict business integrity during the audit process. We offer our services globally, with RBA-authorized auditors around the world.

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