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How does the e-Stewards Standard address social accountability and ethical labor practices?

A: The e-Stewards Standard incorporates requirements for social accountability and ethical labor
practices to ensure that certified organizations operate in a responsible and equitable manner.
Some of the key social accountability provisions include:

  1. Prohibiting the use of forced labor, child labor, and prison labor in recycling operations
  2. Ensuring safe and healthy working conditions for all employees and contractors
  3. Providing fair wages, benefits, and working hours that meet or exceed legal requirements
  4. Protecting workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining
  5. Preventing discrimination, harassment, and abuse in the workplace
  6. Implementing a social accountability management system to monitor and continuously
    improve performance
    Certified organizations must also extend these social accountability requirements to their
    downstream vendors and ensure that electronic waste is not handled by facilities engaged in
    unethical labor practices.