Participation

Participation in the Clean Electronics Production Network is by invitation only. We seek diverse participants from across the supply chain who are innovators and natural collaborators, who are experts in their segment of the supply chain, held in high regard by their peers, and committed to the goals of CEPN.

CEPN Participants meet bi-annually in person for a three-day working session. Between meetings, participants meet biweekly as Initiative Groups via video link and conference call, to develop and implement solutions in small groups. Each such group may have multiple subgroups.

The Initiative Groups and their subgroups focus on developing specific solutions, through an aggressive process of prototyping, deploying, testing, refining and reiteration. To make optimal use of participants’ time, Initiative Groups and their subgroups are supported administratively by CEPN staff.

Participation in the Network is fee-based, with corporate and other large organization participants paying fees based on annual gross revenues. These participation fees support the operation of the network and most importantly, underwrite the participation of social stakeholders and small NGOs.

CEPN operates under well-defined antitrust guidelines and terms of confidentiality. While participants benefit from sharing insights into their challenges, and work closely together to develop ideas for solutions, no participant is required to expose confidential or proprietary information within network conversations. Members may also undertake bilateral cooperation outside the Network proper, though they are encouraged to share any results within the Network so that others may replicate them.

Non-member participants may engage with the Network in several ways:

  • Suppliers or brands can volunteer facilities they control for pilot testing of CEPN solutions
  • Any stakeholder may, with advanced notice and a prior interview, seek to attend a biannual meeting in order to learn more about the Network if they are considering participation

Additional information on participation:


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'd like to schedule an interview, please message CEPN@greenamerica.org.