The Joint Audit Cooperation, known in short as JAC, is an industry initiative made up of 10 telecom operators (Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Orange, Proximus, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Verizon, Vodafone) with the common objective of raising social, environmental and ethical standards within the ICT supply chain. The initiative continues to monitor and improve the social, environmental and ethical conditions of common supply chains of the telecom operators and demonstrates that industry can put aside its differences to raise supply chain standards for people and the wider environment.
The JAC Supply Chain Sustainability Guidelines form the set of common requirements expected from the ICT industry; they were originally launched at the JAC Forum that was held in Chengdu, China, in January 2014.
The JAC Guidelines cover a range of topics developed by the telecom operators and in dialogue with a range of stakeholders and from international laws, standards and guidelines. The sections within the topics define expectations on child labour, forced labour, fair remuneration, disciplinary practices, discrimination, freedom of association, health & safety, the environment and ethics. Members of the JAC initiative also shared their intention to develop and measure key performance indicators (KPI) to accompany the guidelines.
The Guidelines have recently been updated: JAC’s requirement on Responsible Sourcing of Minerals have been better clarified, and a set of environmental KPIs, that come together with some tools to enable organisations to calculate their energy consumption and carbon footprint, have been added. These new KPIs add to the existing ones on Working Hours and Fair Wage, and more are under development.
Version 2 of the JAC Guidelines can be downloaded here.