How to affiliate

Electronics Watch operates on an affiliation basis, rather than a fee for service. An affiliation relationship is more sustainable, and implies an organisational commitment to socially responsible public procurement.

Your commitment

As an affiliate, you commit to take the following steps:

  • Incorporate the Electronics Watch Contract Conditions or equivalent clauses into electronics contracts with new suppliers or when contracts are renegotiated to enable Electronics Watch to monitor on your behalf.
  • Appoint a liaison to serve as the primary point of contact between Electronics Watch and your organisation.
  • Pay annual affiliations dues to Electronics Watch based on your annual purchasing volume of electronics products.

What you do

Contact Electronics Watch to discuss affiliation.  We will be glad to develop an affiliations agreement tailored to your needs.

The thinking behind the dues structure

Monitoring compliance of your suppliers around the world will never be free, but Electronics Watch is cost-effective by pooling resources towards a common end and by operating on a not-for-profit basis.

Give a little to get a lot. The Electronics Watch affiliation pricing structure allows public sector buyers to combine small amounts of resources to create supply chain insight and leverage that would be impossible to generate alone.

Fair for all. The costings aim to be fair to all types of public sector purchasing organisations, big, small and collaborative, whilst also reflecting the differing capacity required for Electronics Watch to service their needs.  All costings are based on the amount spent on electronics products. This is the most accurate measure for the amount of monitoring that will be required, and the level of support each organisation will need, to effectively use Electronics Watch to ensure sustainable supply chains. However, the costings are not a fee for a service, but a contribution to the overall costs of maintaining an international monitoring network.

Don’t sacrifice quality. Monitoring must be of high quality to be credible and to produce real change for workers and public organisations.  Your dues pay for quality.

The dues structure

There are three bands that reflect different amounts of annual spending on electronics products. In most cases, public organisations contribute only 0.1% of the amount they spend on electronics products.  There are some economies of scale for larger spenders, and exemptions for the smallest spenders.

Band A: €0-€4,999,999 average annual ICT hardware spending for a single institution

The annual affiliation fee is 1% of ICT hardware spending, or €5,000, whichever is lower. For an organisation that spends an average of €300,000 affiliation is €3,000. The minimum affiliation fee is €3,000 for any organisation.

Band A is designed to provide reasonable pricing for organisations with relatively small ICT hardware spending, and to capture most individual organisations, even up to a fairly moderate level of annual spending. The maximum an organisation will pay to monitor their ICT supply chains is 1% of expenditure, but for most members of this category this dips quickly down towards 0.1%.

Band B: Above €5 million average annual ICT hardware spending for a single institution

The annual affiliation fee is 0.1% of ICT hardware spending, up to a maximum of €60,000. For an organisation that spends an average of €6 million affiliation is €6,000. For an organisation that spends an average of €100 million affiliation is €60,000.

Band B is designed to provide reasonable pricing for organisations with somewhat larger ICT hardware spending, and to capture most individual organisations, even up to fairly large levels of annual spending. The maximum an organisation will pay to monitor their ICT hardware supply chains is 0.1% of expenditure, up to a maximum of €60,000.

Band C: Procurement consortia

The annual affiliation fee for groups such as procurement consortia is 0.1% of each member's annual average spending, up to a maximum of €60,000 for the consortium. These costs can be distributed in any way the consortium decides.

Band C is designed for groups of public organisations that wish to affiliate on behalf of all of their members. This includes, particularly, procurement consortia.

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