Approach to Materiality in Hazardous Materials
|Materiality aspect||Hazardous substances|
|Supervising division||CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office|
|KPI||Percentage of suppliers requested to do hazardous substance surveys|
|Results achieved in fiscal 2018||100%|
|Material reasons||Recently, additions and amendments have been made to the electrical and electronic regulations, including the RoHS Directive. In such a situation, we are aware that conducting hazardous substance surveys with suppliers is important.|
|Boundary||FY2019: Domestic AT only, FY2020: Entire AT|
|Relevant policies||Advantest Group Environmental Policy|
|Commitments||All relevant laws and regulations stipulated in IEC62474, etc.|
|Responsible department/division||CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Center/Environmental Management Officer|
|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 components and materials that are used for our products. In fiscal 2018 we distributed 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 surveys for the procured components with cooperation from our suppliers, based on the principle that the use of any hazardous substances in Advantest products is prohibited. 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 Electrotechnical Industry (See: http://std.iec.ch/iec62474)
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.