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12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

Evaluate electronic options with reduced toxicity potential




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.


Category Assessment



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(1) Enquire with supplier whether the diodes used by them are RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant and evaluate or assess to ensure that they are halogen, lead, and silicon free.


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Minimize the impact on the environment, health, and safety from exposure to toxic chemicals (such as led)

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Align with your engineering team to identify the requirements for end-product use (required application of semiconductor for the final product to function) and develop a budget for commercial product needs (volume and budget for diodes purchases).
(2) Ask the supplier for toxic minerals report of current/prospective semiconductors.
(3) If toxic chemicals are present, then evaluate sourcing from other options that fit the requirements set out by your engineering team without lead, halogens, or other toxic chemicals.
(4) Create a proposal for procedure change on the decision criteria for purchasing semiconductors (which includes toxic chemicals as a limitation in consideration for consumption).
(5) Get alignment with your engineering team, and other stakeholders/decision-makers to be on board this proposal.
(6) Execute new procedure change in purchasing and track value creation.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Negotiate with suppliers on value-added components in their service including shipping and handling, installation (LED lights), and recycling.
(2) Establish Contract Supplier Performance Measures where possible.
(3) Ask the supplier for visibility into conflict minerals reporting, ISO-14001, ISO 9001, and ROHS compliance. If commercially feasible, consider negotiating the downstream, product end of life recuperation program with the supplier. Depending on the OEM/reseller, they might derive value in receiving technology end of life.
(4) Include quality assurance and warranty clauses in the contract to ensure an extended higher quality of the product.
(5) Consider purchasing in bulk to maximize leverage.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Integrate annual checks for conflict mineral reporting, reduced toxicity potential (hazardous waste treated), and compliance with waranty/quality assurance clauses.

Resource Links

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