Dell considers linking buyers to new standards

26 April 2006
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27 April 2006

Computer firm Dell is considering measuring its buyers' performance by linking it to new supplier labour and environmental standards set by the electronics industry.

Lena Pripp-Kovac, Dell's head of CSR, told SM this was under discussion for inclusion in the computer manufacturer's new supplier assessment standards. If implemented the programme will be managed by the firm's procurement and supply chain management team.

Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM have all agreed to adopt a common set of supplier assessment standards from the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct, which aims to improve workers' rights and sustainability.

Pripp-Kovac said the firms will use a single auditor and create a database to share and track supplier information. "If our suppliers are getting the same message we will get further improvement."

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