CSR / Environment
Managing Chemical Substances in Products / Green Procurement
Managing Chemical Substances in Products
Sharp, in cooperation with suppliers, is rolling out controls for chemical substances in products, to reduce the environmental impact of products and to comply with chemical substance regulations in various countries. Whenever a new component is adopted, the supplier must submit a Report on Chemical Substances Contained in the Product as an attachment to delivery specifications. These reports provide information on the presence of substances such as those prohibited or conditionally prohibited by Sharp, and of ozone-depleting substances, enabling decisions to be made on use of the component.
An IT-based chemical substance content survey is also carried out when components are received from suppliers. The content survey examines those chemical substances subject to laws and regulations in each country and those designated by Sharp, and reports on the content in the component and the compliance with relevant laws and regulations. This is then used to disclose information required under those laws and regulations.
Initiatives to Abolish Phthalates
Four types of phthalates were added as restricted substances under the EU’s RoHS Directive*1 in June 2015, with their use being restricted from July 22, 2019. Sharp has set a company-wide target of abolishing the four types of phthalates by the end of 2018. Sharp is working to prohibit use in new components, assess use in existing components, and substitute those components found to contain these phthalates.
chemSHERPA Introduction Briefings
chemSHERPA*2 is an information sharing scheme developed by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) for the purpose of communicating information on chemical substances in products efficiently over the whole supply chain.
Sharp agrees with the aims of chemSHERPA and has installed it on its company IT system. Following a transition period from October 2017, the introduction of chemSHERPA was completed in April 2018.
The transition involved training for relevant personnel in Japan and overseas, and briefings for domestic suppliers.
- *1 An EU directive on the “Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances.” RoHS restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) in electrical and electronic equipment entering the EU market after July 1, 2006.
After July 22, 2019, the use of four additional substances will be restricted: bis(2-ethylhexl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).
- *2 Conforms to IEC 62474, an international standard for the electrical and electronics industry on material declaration.