Membership in the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)

Formerly the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)

Western Digital has been an active participant in the RBA since 2007.  As of January 1, 2017, we completed the consolidation of our Legacy WD, HGST and SanDisk company memberships into a single Western Digital RBA membership. 

Western Digital has sustained our long standing commitment and programs for implementing the RBA’s Code of Conduct in our internal operations; and we communicate and monitor the fulfillment of that expectation by our major global suppliers. 

The RBA Code of Conduct includes comprehensive performance standards covering Labor, Health & Safety, Environment, Ethics and Management Systems.  Detailed information about the RBA’s mission, current members, Code of Conduct, initiatives, processes and tools is provided on RBA’s website at: http://www.responsiblebusiness.org/

Western Digital actively participates in the RBA’s leadership to support continued industry progress in advancing the RBA’s mission across the electronics supply chain.  Prominent examples include:

  • Our Vice President of International Human Resources was elected to and began a 3 year term on the RBA’s Board of Directors on January 1, 2017.  Previously, Western Digital’s Director of Environmental, Health & Safety had served a 3 year term on the Board from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.
  • Western Digital program managers actively participate in the RBA’s Validated Audit Process (VAP) Working Group, Environmental Sustainability Working Group and other initiatives throughout the year.
  • We also regularly participate in RBA-sponsored forums and webinars, including the annual RBA membership meeting and conference.

Western Digital’s internal product manufacturing facilities undergo independent “initial” (and if needed, “closure”) RBA audits every two years.  We emphasize continuous improvement in our audit performance and we adjust our programs and procedures as needed to address new developments, including the RBA’s periodic updates to the Code of Conduct.  And we have established a robust root cause analysis and Corrective Action Planning (CAP) process to promptly address any findings of non-conformance identified during our own internal assessments or independent RBA audits of our facilities. We successfully completed the transition of our legacy product manufacturing sites to undergo RBA’s VAP audits as of November 2017.