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CEPN Draft 1


Clean Electronics

For Safer Manufacturing

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CEPN Draft 1


Clean Electronics

For Safer Manufacturing

CLEAN ELECTRONICS PRODUCTION 

GOAL: Move towards zero exposure of workers to toxic chemicals in the electronics manufacturing process.

  • Status: Active
  • Focus Area: Fair Labor
  • Start Date: Summer 2015 - formal Network launch June 2016
  • Contact: Sarah O'Brien, SOBrien@greenamerica.org, (802) 479-0317

About the Network

 

    Overview

    The Clean Electronics Production Network (CEPN) is a multi-stakeholder Innovation Network, formally launched in June 2016 by the Center for Sustainability Solutions to address complex social and sustainability challenges in the electronics value chain. Currently, workers in electronics production facilities around the world are frequently exposed to highly toxic chemicals such as n-hexane, especially in emerging economies such as China, Mexico and Indonesia.  Network participants have collectively agreed upon a shared goal of moving towards zero exposure of workers to toxic chemicals in the electronics manufacturing process. CEPN serves as a platform for collaborative innovation where diverse stakeholders – including suppliers, brands, labor and environmental health advocates, researchers, production experts, and government officials –  work together on initiatives to further this shared goal.

     

    Participants*

    Apple

    HP

    ....

    *Some participating organizations have chosen not to be identified

     

    Timeline

    • Concept and 110+ stakeholder interviews (2015)
    • Launch: June 2016
      • Mapping Key Shifts
      • Formation of Initiative Groups and Initial Priorities
    • Development of pilot projects and solutions

     

     



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    CEPN Initiatives


    CEPN Initiative Groups & Projects

    CEPN Initiatives


    CEPN Initiative Groups & Projects

    Our Projects & Priorities

    Working Goal: Move towards zero exposure of workers to toxic chemicals in the electronics manufacturing process

    Initial Scope

    • Chemical Focus: Chemicals used in bonding and/or cleaning functions across the consumer and enterprise electronics supply chain – and other industries supplied with electronics, including wearables, automotive, internet of things, toys, medical
    • Hazard & Exposure Focus: Both reducing hazard (implementing safe substitutions) and reducing exposure
    • Door-to-Door Focus: Includes chemicals workers are exposed to in usage, handling, circulation and disposal of chemicals in the facility and in the production of products

    Goal: Workers are educated and sufficiently empowered to help protect themselves and others

    Focus Areas: 

    Worker Engagement & Empowerment


    Goal: We have a concrete and complete picture of what chemicals are being used and/or generated, what exposures are occurring, and what is the significance of those exposures

    Focus Areas

    • Advocacy for Enhanced Exposure Monitoring - Adoption of tools, piloting programs, implementing methodologies
    • Monitoring Technologies – Identifying and compiling information on available and future suitable/applicable instruments for exposure monitoring
    • Monitoring Methodologies – Processes and best practices for conducting exposure monitoring (e.g. Qualitative – Quantitative Assessments)
    • Monitoring Programs – Identifying and advocating for participation in exposure monitoring programs (e.g. HHE, QEA)

    Track & Measure Exposure


    Goal:

    Focus Areas:

    Qualitative Exposure Assessment


    Goal: Identified hazardous chemicals are substituted with “safer” alternatives or eliminated

    Focus Areas:

    Safer Substitutions


    Goal: The entire process of process chemical reporting is clear, simple, efficient and standardized

    Focus Areas

    • Data Standardization - drafting build and advocate implementation of process chemical reporting standard to reduce cost and supplier fatigue, increase efficiency and data quality, and drive global adoption
    • Data Collection & Incentivizing Reporting - advocate for and create market drivers for data collection and reporting (e.g. supporting documentation for regulatory requirements)

    Process Chemicals Reporting


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    Get Involved in CEPN


    Get Involved with CEPN

    Get Involved in CEPN


    Get Involved with CEPN

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    Participation

    Participation in CEPN is by invitation only. We seek participants from all across the supply chain who are innovators and natural collaborators, as well as experts in their part of the supply chain, held in high regard by their peers, and are committed to the goal of CEPN.

    Once joined, participants in CEPN meet in person twice yearly for a two-day working session. In between meetings, participants spend about four to six hours a month designing and implementing solutions in small groups via conference call.

    Participants may elect to participate in subgroups of the network that are focusing on developing specific initiatives or solutions. Subgroups and initiatives are supported by CEPN staff in order to make optimal use of participants’ time.

    To support the operation of the network and participation of social stakeholders and small NGO’s, corporate and larger NGO participants pay participation fees. These fees are based on annual gross revenues. See the fee structure below.

    CEPN operates under well-defined antitrust guidelines and terms of confidentiality. While participants share insights into challenges and prototype ideas for solutions together, no participant is required to provide any proprietary information with the network.

    Additional information on participation:

     


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    Student Projects

    CEPN engages with graduate students or graduate student teams on a limited basis for designated projects. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities around student projects, contact us.


    Interview

    The CEPN team continues to interview expert stakeholders to better understand incentives and barriers to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in the electronics supply chain. We also continue to grow the network – reaching out to individuals and organizations with demonstrated track records of leadership supporting safe and sustainable workplaces across the electronics value chain. If you're interested in participating in one of our stakeholder interviews, contact us at CEPN@greenamerica.org.