Communities living near and working in electronics factories have a clear definition of a just and sustainable industry. The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, the Campaign for Responsible Technology and the SouthWest Organizing Project have developed principles to guide both communities and corporations toward a just and sustainable high tech industry. These principles state the community's rights:
- to be safe from harmful exposure,
- to pollution prevention,
- to know what chemicals will be used,
- to participate in decisions that affect them, and
- to protection and enforcement.
They also outline the responsibility corporations have to communities they operate in, including the responsibility:
- to create a toxics use reduction program,
- to develop health and safety education programs,
- to establish policies requiring equal standards for subcontractors, and
- to establish corporate standards that are enforced equally domestically and internationally.
High tech corporations must make a commitment to these principles in order to ensure a sustainable community for us all.
Also check out the Community Environmental Bill of Rights developed by the SouthWest Organizing Project.