Approach to Materiality in Hazardous Materials
|Supervising division||CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office|
|KPI||Percentage of suppliers covered by hazardous substance surveys|
|Material Reasons||Advantest needs to maintain compliance to the additions and revisions of electrical and electronic regulations, including the RoHS Directive.|
|Relevant policies||Advantest Group Environmental Policy|
|Relevant commitments||All laws and regulations stipulated in IEC62474|
|Responsible department/division||CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Center/Environmental Management Officer|
|Relevant complaint processing policy|
Green Procurement / Initiatives Related to Regulations for Chemical Substances Contained in Product
At Advantest we are striving to eliminate hazardous substances across our manufacturing activities including suppliers of components and assembly and processing partner companies, and wish to connect this to the development of green products. We engage in communication with our business partners, and formulated the Advantest Green Procurement Guidelines in fiscal 2002 to facilitate this process. We operate according to these guidelines in order to give consideration to the environmental aspects in addition to quality, cost, and delivery throughout the whole process of production, including the purchasing of the components and materials that are used for our products. In fiscal 2017 we explained the Guidelines to all business partners, including new accounts, and requested their cooperation.
We have created a database from the environmental information we received from our suppliers, and are utilizing it to promote eco-friendly product manufacturing, along with the implementation of product environmental assessments.
Advantest has also concluded the General Specification for the Environment (GSE) as a contract during production for the same measures even at overseas bases to eliminate the chemical substances contained in products.
The Principles of the Green Procurement
Component Registration in Green Procurement
Regarding component registration, we are conducting environmental research of the procured components, with the cooperation of our suppliers. We investigate the components to find out if they contain chemical substances that can burden the environment, and promote green procurement initiatives to reduce environmental impact.
Banned and Restricted Substances
Advantest specifies the chemical substances that are prohibited from inclusion in our products or otherwise subject to restriction based on the IEC 62474* standard.
* IEC62474: Material Declaration for Products of and for the Electro technical Industry
Survey of Suppliers on Hazardous Substances
Starting with the RoHS Directive, there have recently been additions and revisions of electrical and electronic regulations. On April 25, 2017, Advantest, in line with the revised IEC62474, revised its questionnaire on hazardous substances and informed our business partners.