Pioneer manufactures and sells electrical and electronic equipment such as car navigation and audio products. We continuously pursue efforts to minimize environmental impacts from chemical substances used in these products.
Conventionally, information on chemical substances contained in products has been collected, and controls were carried out so that the regulated substances were not used. Subsequently, environmental impact from the various chemical substances were assessed in each country and designated as regulated substances. For this reason, Pioneer established a system to accurately judge the environmental impact of these substances from varied information and secure reliable implementation of planned use prohibition measures prior to regulation.
Response to Chemical Substance Regulations Worldwide
As regulations to control chemical substances used in electrical and electronic equipment, there include "RoHS Directive" *1 and "REACH Regulation"*2 in Europe, "Proposition 65"*3 in the United States, and the "JCSCA" *4 in Japan. These regulations were originally enacted in developed countries. However, in recent years, regulations similar to the "RoHS Directive" have been introduced or planned in Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries. Regulation has been rapidly promoted around the world.
In order to respond to changing regulations, we also proactively participate in domestic industry organizations*5, and make efforts to collect information, and further, expand similar activities in our Asian, European and US offices and plants to acquire more accurate information more quickly.
Chemical Substance Regulations Worldwide
To understand operations of chemical substances contained in products and achieve smooth operations of the system for disclosure and transmission of chemical substance information, Pioneer has adopted an industry standard format and is engaged in improving the efficiency of information collection throughout the supply chain as a whole. The collected chemical substance information is managed in an integrated environment database and an information transmission system is constructed to enable efficient reception and delivery of information from suppliers*1 to customers*2.
In addition, Pioneer has established Green Procurement Standards to purchase parts and products of low environmental impact from suppliers proactively involved in the global environment protection.
Pioneer prepared management standards*1 concerning chemical substances in 2003 and has been engaged in constructing a worldwide management system. 7 total abolishment priority substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBBs; polybrominated biphenyls, PBDEs; polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and short-chain chlorinated paraffin) were determined to promote replacement of parts and total abolishment*2 was achieved in 2006. As a recent worldwide trend, risk evaluations of respective chemical substances are being promoted together with strengthening of regulations concerning chemical substance management. Pioneer amended the standard*1 in 2013 to respond to these regulations according to the plan.
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