As a leading company in our sector, you can be sure that we will not introduce any products to market which do not meet with relevant guidelines and laws.
Similarly, we ensure all our business operations conform to European and national specifications, regulations and laws. Currently the EU RoHS directive is the strictest but RoHS is being introduced, and will be required, worldwide.
Requirements of ROHS2 Directives
As of July 1st 2006, non-RoHS compatible CE products may no longer be brought to market. The EU’s RoHS2 Directive came into effect on January 2, 2013. This directive, among other things, regulates the transition period of RoHS exempt products. It definitively includes cables.
For all products within the scope of RoHS2 brought to market after July 1st 2006, we guarantee to our customers that, to the best of our knowledge, we have and will exclusively manufacture and introduce to market RoHS compatible products. For all products introduced after January 2nd, 2013, we offer a CE Declaration of Conformity which is available to you upon request and which covers the RoHS conformity.
Since a complete, analytical RoHS compliance review of all components and parts from all suppliers for each individual production run is almost completely impossible, the information we provide is based on our confidence in our suppliers and their RoHS declaration of conformity as well as on the RoHS test laboratory reports.
In addition, LINDY goes beyond this industrial standards and regularly carries out own random laboratory REACH and RoHS tests to assess the reliability of its suppliers and to ensure compliance for LINDY products
The EU chemicals regulation REACH stipulates information obligations if certain SVHC substances – Substances of Very High Concern – are present in articles in concentrations higher than 0.1% by weight. For finished products, REACH does not define a sales ban, but only an obligation to provide information to the supply chain.
When we obtain specific product-related information that these thresholds are exceeded, we inform the supply chain in our invoices, delivery notes and order confirmations and on our product websites for the products concerned, in accordance with the REACH regulations. And we ensure that the limit values are complied with in the future.
General note: In practice, it should not be assumed that the quality of raw materials and components supplied by suppliers remains identical from batch to batch for cables produced in China. It should also be noted that REACH SVHC substances are only banned in Europe, but not in the US or other major global markets. Therefore, we would like to point out that individual batches of PVC cables may contain SVHC substances in concentrations slightly higher than 0.1% despite the contrary declaration of suppliers. This can be especially the case for some of the following materials typically found in PVC cables, such as:
– PVC plasticizer, softener, i.e. DEHP, CAS No. 117-81-7
– Phthalates (plasticizer, flame retardant)
This general note also applies to cables permanently attached to equipment or supplied with equipment, especially if these are PVC cables. It normally does not apply to halogen-free cables.
All manufacturers are reliant on trusting declarations and laboratory reports from their suppliers – measurement of each delivery batch is not feasible for cost and time reasons. In addition, LINDY goes beyond this industrial standards and regularly carries out own random laboratory REACH and RoHS tests to assess the reliability of its suppliers and to ensure compliance for LINDY products. As a complete verification is not possible, we are not in a position to issue individual REACH declarations on products that go beyond this statement, among others on account of legal reasons.
Since January 2019 the REACH SVHC list contains 197 substances and substance classes. https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table
This list is revised twice a year and extended by further substances. A transitional period of 6 months applies to the added substances.
Since mid-2014, the US Dodd Frank Act has obliged US listed companies to disclose and report on the use of conflict minerals and metals extracted from them. LINDY itself is not subject to these obligations. Also not according to EU Regulation 2017/821 on conflict minerals, which only affects importers and direct processors of conflict minerals and metals. Nevertheless, we would like to provide you with the necessary answers and information on this topic, as far as possible.
A high number of our products requires a large number of suppliers and production facilities. The majority of over 3000 cables and electronic products are manufactured to our specifications in Taiwan and China. The procurement of raw materials is often outside our direct sphere of influence, and there are often several stages in the supply chain up to the smelters or metal producers, especially for electronic products. We have compiled the results of our supplier survey in our CMRT.
Please download our November 2018 CMRT from: https://public.centerdevice.de/b6f1fcfb-77ea-4930-8343-f055d62abf82
Please also note the following background information:
The 3TG metals extracted from the conflict minerals are tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold. In our products, tantalum is widely used in electronics for capacitors, tin for solder on circuit boards and for soldering connectors to cables, tungsten to a lesser extent in chipsets, and gold as a coating on connector contacts and in chipsets.
Minerals designated as conflict minerals under the Dodd Frank Act originate from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the neighbouring states. There they are partly dismantled illegally and also serve to finance local conflicts, especially for many local rebel groups. This problem has been improved since 2014. In parallel, certified supply chains have also been established in these conflict areas, particularly with EU support. A lot of progress has been made for 3T metals in the past years. But effectively this is only possible to a very limited extent for gold, especially because 1kg of gold can and is simply extracted in comparison in an already pure way, and smuggled, and represents a comparatively high value of about 40,000$. For the other 3T metals, the value is lower by a factor of 1000 and the extraction process is much more complex.
The Lindy Group and its member companies affirm their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a part of their global business activities. Lindy’s Code of Conduct for Corporate Social Responsibility (hereinafter called ‘CSR‘) acts as a guideline in the industry regarding working conditions, social and environmental compatibility, transparency, collaboration and dialogue that is marked by trust.
Developed and agreed to by the German Central Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry (ZVEI) and its member companies, the content of this CSR is an expression of ZVEI’s collective core values as they are defined in the vision and mission statements and especially as they are affirmed in the social market economy.
This CSR is designed as a self-imposed obligation that can be signed by member and partner companies. By providing this CSR, ZVEI assists them in responding to different general conditions in a global market and in facing challenges and social expectations that come from intensified collaboration from within the value chain.
1. Basic Understanding of Social Responsibility in Corporate Management
A mutual, basic understanding of social responsibility in corporate management forms the basis of this CSR. This means Lindy assumes responsibility by bearing in mind the consequences of its business decisions and actions on economic, technological, social and environmental levels and brings about an appropriate balance of interests. Lindy voluntarily contributes to the well-being and long-term development of a global society at every point it can and in the locations where it is in business. It is geared towards universally held ethical values and principals, especially integrity, honesty and respect of human dignity.
2. Where the CSR applies
2.1 This CSR is in effect for all Lindy Group companies and business units worldwide.
2.2 Lindy commits to promoting adherence to the content of this CSR at every point it can for its suppliers and in other parts of the value chain.
3. Core Values for Social Responsibility in Corporate Management
Lindy will proactively work to ensure that the values mentioned below are put into practice and adhered to, both now and in the future.
3.1 Adherence to Laws
Lindy will abide by the laws in effect and other legal requirements of the countries where it is in business. For countries that have a weak institutional framework, the company will carefully examine what good company practices from their home country should be applied to enable supportive, responsible company management.
3.2 Integrity and Organizational Governance
3.2.1 Lindy gears its activities towards universally held ethical values and principals, especially integrity, honesty, respect of human dignity, openness and non-discrimination based on religion, ideology, gender and ethnicity.
3.2.2 Lindy rejects corruption and bribery as stated in the relevant UN Convention. It uses suitable means to promote transparency, trading with integrity, responsible leadership and company accountability.
3.2.3 Lindy pursues clean and recognized business practices and fair competition. In regards to competition, it focuses on professional behaviour and high standards of quality for work. It fosters partnership and trusting interaction with the supervisory authorities.
3.3 Consumer Interests
To the extent consumer interests are affected, Lindy abides by regulations that protect the consumer, as well as appropriate sales, marketing and information practices. Groups that are in special need of protection (e.g. protection of minors) will receive special attention.
Lindy will communicate in an open way and is oriented towards dialogue about the requirements of this CSR and about its implementation among employees, clients, suppliers and other stakeholders. Every document and all information will be duly produced. They will not be unfairly changed or destroyed. They will be properly stored. Confidential company information and partner’s business information will be handled sensitively and will be kept in confidence.
3.5 Human Rights
Lindy is committed to promote human rights. It respects human rights stated in the Charter of the United Nations, especially those named in the following:
Protection of privacy.
3.5.2 Health and Safety
Ensuring health and work safety, especially the guarantee of a safe and health-promoting work environment, avoiding accidents and injuries.
Employee protection against bodily punishment and against physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
3.5.4 Freedom of Conscience
Protection and guarantee of the right to freedom of conscience and freedom of expression.
3.6 Working Conditions
Lindy abides by the following core work standards from ILO:
3.6.1 Child Labour
The prohibition of child labour, i.e. the employment of persons younger than 15 years old, as long as the local legal requirements do not specify a higher age limit and as long as no exceptions are permitted.
3.6.2 Forced Labour
The prohibition of forced labour of any kind.
3.6.3 Wage Compensation
Work standards concerning compensation, especially in regards to the level of compensation as stated in the laws and requirements that are in force.
3.6.4 Employee Rights
Respecting the rights of the employee to freedom of association, freedom of assembly and collective bargaining, as long as this is legally permitted and possible in the respective country.
3.6.5 Prohibition of Discrimination
Treatment of all employees in a non-discriminatory fashion.
3.7 Hours of Work
Lindy abides by work standards concerning the longest permitted time of
3.8 Environmental Protection
Lindy fulfils the requirements and the standards for environmental protection that affect their operations and acts in an environmentally conscious way at all locations where it is in operation. For additional responsibility with natural resources, it holds to the principles from the Rio Declaration.
3.9 Civic Commitment
Lindy contributes to the social and economic development of the countries and regions where it is in business and promotes appropriate, volunteer activities information by its employees.
4. Implementation and Application
Lindy will make every appropriate and reasonable effort to implement and to apply the principles and values described in this CSR both now and in the future. Contractual partners will be informed about the basic measures upon request and within the scope of a reciprocal cooperation, so that it becomes observable how these measures are fundamentally guaranteed. No right exists to disseminate operational or business secrets related to competition or any other that is in need of protection.
The Code of Conduct expresses our own commitment to corporate social responsibility, and it is our sincere hope that as many companies as possible will adopt it. If you want to agree that CSR and accept and sign the version as provided by the German ZVEI please visit the website of the ZVEI: https://www.zvei.org/en/subjects/society-environment/zvei-code-of-conduct-companies-stand-by-their-social-responsibility/