6.1 Compensation and remediation – Do the brands have a policy ensuring suppliers provide fair compensation to workers and community members harmed by exposure to harmful chemicals?

Original question as formulated in the survey: Do EICC member companies have a policy that is designed to ensure that their suppliers provide fair compensation (including emergency relief, treatment and rehabilitation, as well as long term compensation) to workers and community members who are harmed by exposure to harmful chemicals in each facility?

EICC self-score: chemical-yellow-web

EICC justifies this score by bluntly stating that this is ‘out of scope’.

GoodElectronics and ICRT score: chemical-red-web

GoodElectronics and ICRT do not agree with this view. Given the problems with worker exposure, this should definitely be within the scope of the EICC Code. GoodElectronics and ICRT believe that providing fair compensation is not only an important human right, but it is also important as a mechanism to promote cost internalisation, which if done properly will help to support the principle that ‘pollution prevention pays’.

Essentially, if companies are required to pay fair compensation, it will change the current cost-benefit equation and make it more cost effective to spend more on prevention in order to save on paying compensation.

Further reading

‘Meeting the Challenge’ on Compensation and remediation

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