Vadzo – Corporate Responsibility
Vadzo strives to minimize the environmental and social impact of its products, manufacturing sites, and general business operations. We strictly manage our supply chain to ensure ethical sourcing and avoid minerals and metals from conflict zones. In addition, we strictly adhere to REACH and RoHS regulations.
RoHS and RoHS III COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
Under the sole responsibility of the manufacturer, this declaration has been issued. The object of the declaration is in conformity with the relevant European Union harmonization legislation, EN 50581.
RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment), derived from EU Directives 2011/65/EU and 2015/863/EU, prohibits the use of the ten hazardous substances listed below (with all recent exemptions listed in Annex III and Annex IV) in the manufacture of various types of electrical and electronic devices.
Vadzo hereby certifies that all parts, semi-finished goods, manufacturing process, and products comply with the RoHS, RoHS 2, and RoHS 3 Directives (2002/95/EC, 2011/65/EU, 2015/863/EU respectively) including exemptions listed in Annex III and Annex IV.
Furthermore, we have developed and standardized a lead-free production line and process that includes solder paste, solder bars, and control parameters.
POLICY FOR CONFLICT-FREE MINERALS
Vadzo will not intentionally acquire material supplies or components containing minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or another neighboring country.
In July 2010, the United States government signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). Dodd-Frank Act section 1502 requires all publicly traded corporations in the United States to disclose and report about their use of Conflict Minerals to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
As part of its commitment to non-violence, Vadzo does not use metals from armed formations controlled by non-governmental military groups. Vadzo shall conduct due diligence in its own supply chain to ensure that the metals gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W), cobalt (Co), and tin (Sn) are not sourced from conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or obtained through illegal means. In the United Nations Security Council’s list of countries where metals come from DRC, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya do not meet the “Conflict-Free” criteria.
Vadzo pledges and commits to not using metals from conflict zones. As a result, Vadzo requests that its supply chain providers comply with the following requirements:
- Ensure that your organization adheres to social and environmental policies.
- Not to use conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), its neighboring nations, or other conflict zones.
- Investigate the origins of all gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W), cobalt (Co), and tin (Sn) in your products.
- Apply the same rules to your upstream suppliers.
STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE WITH ‘REACH’
Vadzo products comply with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament, and of the Council on 18 December 2006, concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
Vadzo is dedicated to conducting our global operations in an environmentally, socially, and ethically responsible manner, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries in which we do business.
This commitment covers the safe use and identification of chemicals in accordance with REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), the European Community regulation number 1907/2006. Vadzo products are “articles” as defined in Article 3(3) of the REACH regulations, and they do not emit any substances under normal conditions.
In the European Union, REACH is a regulation designed to protect the environment and human health from the hazards caused by chemicals. REACH Regulation (EC 1907/2006) aims to improve and accelerate the identification of chemical compounds’ inherent properties in order to promote human health and environmental protection. In order to accomplish this, REACH has four stages: registration, evaluation, authorization, and limitation. Since 2007, the Regulation has been in effect.
There is no Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) in Vadzo products, as defined in Article 59(10) and included in Annex XIV. Nor do Vadzo products contain any of the latest restrictions from Directive 76/769/EEC in Annex XVII of REACH.