Sustainable manufacturing | Education Technology | Looking ahead
TI's semiconductor manufacturing and Education Technology (ET) teams continued monitoring ever-changing laws and regulations, and implementing improvements to ensure that the company maintained compliance with all applicable standards and certifications.
We also continued spending significant time evaluating conflict minerals, Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and China Restriction on Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) laws and regulations to ensure that requirements are fully met.
As we do each year, we regularly review global restricted and banned substances. We compare this list to what our vendors supply and what our customers specify to maintain compliance.
We performed other noteworthy activities during the year:
- Continued ensuring that our evaluation modules and development kits comply with applicable product regulatory compliance regulations and customer safety needs.
- Eliminated plastic "clamshell" packaging and began using cardboard-backed packaging, reducing the amount of plastic used. The new packages are easier to open and reduce shipment packing volume, thus reducing shipping expenses.
- Reduced the polyvinyl chloride content of retail packaging by 55 percent in about 1 million products.
- Continued efforts to reduce number of traditional batteries disposed of in landfills by providing rechargeable batteries in new education technology products.
- Replaced printed instruction manuals for about 1.5 million graphing calculators with digital versions to reduce printing, shipping and disposal impacts.
In 2013, we will continue:
- Executing the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition's protocols and tools to promote continuous improvement product manufacturing and regulatory compliance.
- Working with the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative and the Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing to understand and mitigate the risks associated with using nanomaterials.
- Monitoring emerging U.S. and global legislation and regulation that affect manufacturing to ensure ongoing compliance with sustainable manufacturing principles.
- Complying with packing and labeling standards when shipping products.