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 2020 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) with our suppliers as a contract 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 procured components using our environmental survey questionnaire with cooperation from our suppliers, based on the operation standard for chemical substances used in Advantest products. 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
We have established the aforementioned operation standard for chemical substances used in Advantest products based on IEC62474* and use it in surveys on the use of hazardous substances in components used and to determine whether or not to adopt the components.
* 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 November 1, 2019, Advantest, in line with the revised IEC62474, revised its questionnaire on hazardous substances and informed our business partners.