Diversity and gender are important issues for RBA members, and gender has long been represented in the RBA Code of Conduct, primarily through the non-discrimination provision. In the last Code update that position was strengthened with the addition of protections for nursing and pregnant mothers. With strong support from members, the RBA formed a task force in 2018 to bolster its efforts around diversity and gender.
The first effort of the task force was to partner with external experts to conduct an evaluation of the current RBA Code of Conduct and formulate recommendations of possible ways to incorporate diversity and gender into the 2021 Code update. In addition, the task force will be creating tools that will be made available in the RBA eLearning Academy for members, their suppliers, and factories that are members of the Responsible Factory Initiative (RFI).
Please contact Deborah Albers to get involved or with any questions.