Sustainable Product Management
Through creative collaboration with our partners and technology and materials suppliers, we have developed more environmental friendly and energy-efficient products from design to packaging. At the start of product design, we selectively choose low-environmental impact materials that are in compliance with international regulations.
Sustainable Product Management
Supplier Sustainability Requirement
All components, modules, and materials used are in full compliance with a list of restricted substances specified in the Control Standards for Accton Hazardous Substances (document no. QPC-CE05). The restrictions are not only limited to the six substances regulated by the EU RoHS (Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substance’ Directive 2011/65/EU), but also includes items regulated by international environmental law and our global customers.
In addition, we have built a sustainable supply chain information management platform, called the eGreen System, which incorporates sustainable materials from the beginning of product design and significantly improves the reliability of sustainable products and the verification processes. In 2015, we updated the platform with the list of restricted substances and sustainability requirements for our suppliers, expanding the system’s function.
Sustainable Supply Chain Management
In order to effectively track, communicate, and manage sustainable components, every supplier can learn the latest regulations of the Control Standards for Accton Hazardous Substances (QPC-CE05) on the newly developed eGreen system (a sustainable supply chain information management platform), and commit not to provide eco-destructive substances. In 2016, we hosted supplier meetings in Hsinchu, Taiwan and Shenzhen, China, to discuss the changes and updates to the Control Standards for Accton Hazardous Substances, and further understand the RoHS, REACH, halogens, recent regulations on product carbon footprints, and corporate solutions for sustainability. Almost 400 supplier representatives attended the gatherings. The purpose of the meetings was to set up a communication platform for the suppliers and help them meet the RoHS requirements. This demonstrates our determination to fulfill global criteria for environmental protection and quality management.
All of Accton’s products are 100% compliant with the requirements of the EU RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC, 2011/65/EU), and we have never had a return due to RoHS violations. For components that contain RoHS restricted substances, we ask our suppliers to provide alternatives in advance. We also ask suppliers to reduce the use of common plasticizers, such as DEHP, BBP, DBP… etc. beforehand.
Accton is fully compliant with REACH regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals; No 1907/2006/EC). We have included four new SVHCs (substances of very high concern) on Accton’s restriction list, which were added by ECHA (the European Chemical Agency) in December 2016. We demand that suppliers disclose information about the four substances and encourage them to be excluded. Additionally, we have also added the harmful chemical substances from Annex XVII of REACH regulations to our restriction list.
Conflict Mineral Management
Accton has informed our suppliers that we do not support or use conflict minerals. In Q1 2017, we conducted conflict mineral surveys with more than 300 suppliers across China (South China and coastal area), North America, and Europe, requiring suppliers to declare not to use minerals controlled or sold by armed groups.
Low Carbon Footprint Products and Carbon Disclosure
Accton has planned to obtain more data analysis on carbon emissions and use it as a guide to lower carbon emissions during product design and manufacturing. In the future, we intend to use this information for raw material and component procurement, purchasing from suppliers with the lowest emissions first. We will assist suppliers with abnormal emissions by helping them to reduce energy consumption and resources used, and thus lower costs.