Excessive working hours are one of the most common labor problems in the supply chain. Working too long can have a negative impact on the health and safety of employees, as well as on their work-life balance, productivity, and morale. As a member of the Responsible Business Alliance, Acer requires suppliers to comply with the RBA Code of Conduct and the Acer Supply Chain Working Hours Policy. Through the policy, we communicate and cooperate with our suppliers to reduce excessive working hours in the supply chain and improve the health and morale of workers.
Suppliers must ensure that its employees work in compliance with local laws
Workers shall not work more than 60 hours in a week, including overtime, except for emergency or unusual situations
Workers shall be allowed at least one day off every seven days
Suppliers shall ensure that any overtime worked is voluntary and compensated at a premium rate
Wages should always be enough to meet basic needs for employees
To ensure conformance with these supplier expectations Acer will:
Conduct internal professional training for procurement staff to learn to identify and address root causes of excessive working hours such as the communication and understanding of production scheduling and implementing responsible planning and purchasing practices.
Enforce these policy expectations and conformance to the RBA Code of Conduct through 3rd party verified audits and participation in the RBA Validated Audit Process (VAP).
While addressing issues such as overtime and wages/benefits for staff, we believe that providing a living wage is important to improving the living conditions of those who work for us. As such, we continue to explore the issues and opportunities around introducing the concept of a living wage to the electronics industry.