2020 November 16

European Union highlights the collaboration between Electronics Watch and affiliate ACM as a “good practice case”

In the case study 'Using procurement in Catalonia to strengthen workers' rights in electronics supply chains' (Making Socially Responsible Public Procurement Work), the EU has highlighted the collaboration between Electronics Watch and affiliate ACM (The Catalan Association of Local Authorities, which comprises over 1000 loval government entities), as a good practice case for the ICT sector.

It describes the recent printer framework contract for over €1 million per year in which 156 member municipalities are participating. Successful bidders admitted to the Framework Agreement must disclose factories where the goods are produced and ensure compliance with labour rights and health and safety regulations in those factories. ACM is already planning to include the Electronics Watch contract conditions in two more framework agreements – for ICT and video equipment.

The report affirms that "If more public authorities ask for disclosure of production locations and processes, it will help to establish this as standard practice in the industry."