Infineon a Responsive Partner
One of Infineon main values is “Customer Orientation”. We work to deliver high quality products by building valued partnerships and scan customers’ needs to understand where could be significant risks and opportunities for supply chain leadership.
We are focused on integrating corporate responsibility into our management practices. We meet our customers’ requests on CSR topics and develop further procedures and voluntary commitments to become leader of our sector in terms of CSR.
CSR Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management is an integral part of our CSR understanding. We have strict requirements for our suppliers, as they have to adhere to our
Business Conduct Guidelines, to our IMPRES* Policy , they shall have an environmental management system according to ISO 14001 or adequate and a safety & health management system according to that described in OHSAS 18001 or adequate in place.
Furthermore, they have to sign up our Principles of purchasing.
We monitor our suppliers compliance with REACH regulation. They also have to demonstrate compliance to the RoHS-Directive and have to provide ICP analysis data from accredited laboratories (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025) for all supplied materials and articles remaining in Infineon products. Analysis must be carried out for Cr(VI), Cd, Hg, Pb, PBB’s and PBDE’s .
Suppliers of packing materials have to provide ICP analysis data for each constituent of the packing as defined in the EU Packaging Directive 94/62/EC to show compliance with this directive.
As an example, Infineon Technologies started in 2010 voluntarily to collect information regarding its suppliers and their smelters to proactively check that no conflict metals (Metals like Gold, Tantalum, Tin, and Tungsten or Cobalt mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries) were used in our supply chain. We invested significant resources to carry out this assessment and based on our current state of knowledge none of our suppliers is using metals/minerals originating from the DR Congo and surrounding countries for raw materials/products delivered to Infineon Technologies.
On August 22, 2012, the implementation conditions necessary for the entry into force of the reporting requirements were published by SEC. These reporting requirements for those affected companies will be obligatory in 2014 with regards to the year 2013. Infineon will continue supporting its customers and will again evaluate its supply chain with regard to the use of potential conflict minerals in accordance with the recently published requirements.
*IMPRES (Infineon Integrated Management Program for Environment, Safety and Health)
Safer Work Conditions
Under sustainable approaches, innovation and quality can only be an outcome of a save and healthy work environment. The safe work conditions Infineon offers to its employees are reflected in the low rate of accidents we have, which is always substantially lower than the average reported by BG ETEM, the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the energy, textile, electrical and media products sectors.
Voluntary agreement for PFCs emission reduction
One of the major environmental challenges is the need to reduce emissions. We recognized this at an early stage, as evidenced by our voluntary commitment adopted in 1998 to reduce perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) which are classified as greenhouse gases. Read more
Energy Efficient Performance
Development of energy-efficient products is a key part of our efforts to help our customers conserve energy and develop energy and resource-saving products. Focusing on designing products with improved energy-efficient performance helps us to meet new customer requirements and reduce their global environmental footprint while reducing our own footprint; We optimize and reduce our energy consumption , the materials we use and the operating resources.
Halogen-free voluntary initiative
Infineon Technologies continuously evaluates possible impact on people and the environment at the earliest possible stage and takes specific measures to prevent potential hazards. Therefore Infineon has started a halogen-free initiative on a voluntary basis which refers to the use of chlorine and bromine in flame retardants. Infineon products defined as halogen-free meet the following requirements according to IEC 61249-2-21:
< 900 ppm Chlorine
< 900 ppm Bromine
< 1500 ppm total amount of Chlorine and Bromine
All homogeneous materials in the final products defined as halogen-free meet these voluntary substance thresholds defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
In addition, all halogen-free products contain < 500 ppm of Antimony Trioxide.
We address our society and customer needs by lowering our products’ carbon footprints and therefore their footprints. We have developed approaches to calculate the CO2 Footprint of our products. This helps us to identify where possible saving potentials and to provide transparency to society . Read more
REACH = Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, including all actual amendments
RoHS = Restriction on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, Directive 2002/95/EC
ICP = Inductive Coupled Plasma with reference to IEC 62321/2nd CDV (111/95/CDV) and the subsequent versions
PBBs = Polybrominated biphenyls; PBDEs = Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheet
IMPRES = Infineon Integrated Management Program for Environment, Safety & Health