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2015 New England Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition - Steven Roberge Presentation

Supply Chain Compliance (Updates for 2015!)
Steven Roberge, Director of EHS, Axcelis Technologies, Inc.

Legally required Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) regulations, AND voluntary corporate compliance programs (see below), are having an increasing impact on relationships between manufacturers and their supply chains.

Regulations such as:
     • European REACh (Registration Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals),
     •  RoHS (restriction of Hazardous Substances),
     • and their Asian counterparts such as:
            o Korean REACh, and
            o China RoHS
GHS and the new labeling and SDS requirements
either restrict or require reporting on the material content of finished goods.

Industry associations such as the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) are also interested in cascading corporate social responsibility requirements in the areas of:
    • Labor relations,
    • Environmental stewardship,
    • Health and safety,
    • and Ethics down through the supply chain all the way to the subcomponent level.

Suppliers are increasing being asked to subscribe to such requirements and show evidence of management systems to ensure compliance and continual improvement in these program areas.

Corporate Responsibility has also found its way into legislation and regulations. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Financial reform act, also known as the "Conflict Minerals" rule requires public companies to perform inquiries and due diligence on the tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold content of their products, with the desired outcome to ensure that these materials are not funding armed conflict in and around the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although the rule applies only to public companies, these inquiries regarding the source of material content are cascading all the way down the supply chain to either "qualified" smelters, or to the actual mine of origin. We will discuss these issues, as well as updates necessitated by recent court rulings, to the reporting requirements that are necessary to satisfy SEC and customer reporting requirements.

All of these requirements are adding burdens on the supply chain to gather and report on significant information regarding content of product and company procedures. This presentation will give an overview of each of the above programs, and offer useful tools and techniques that can help you manage them successfully!

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