Environmental Responsibility

OUR COMMITMENT

Sharp/NEC's commitment to protect the environment and to conserve natural resources is readily apparent in many aspects of our business. There are many ways in which Sharp/NEC strives to contribute to a sustainable society some of which include:

• Using environmentally preferable components and design characteristics in the products we build.
• Forming partnerships with companies that share environmental principles similar to our own.
• Promoting programs to educate our internal workforce on different sustainability issues, so that they may better serve the needs of our customers.

Environmental Responsibility

Sharp/NEC is strongly committed not only to reducing our own environmental impact, but that of our customers as well. By designing more energy-efficient products using fewer materials of environmental concern, Sharp/NEC offers products can also help reduce the environmental impact of our customers.
Sharp/NEC's dedication to sound environmental management is an extension of our pledge to customers and part of our company’s overall philosophy:
  • We go to great lengths to minimize environmental impacts whenever possible, often going beyond legal compliance requirements.
  • Our employees are proactive when it comes to issues concerning the environment.
  • Environmental leadership is one of the pillars of our overall Corporate Citizenship.
At Sharp/NEC, we analyze environmental issues, observe market and supplier situations in order for us to prepare for and meet our environmental obligations as a company so that we can deliver products that will fit the environmental needs of our customers.
For more information about environmental protection, reducing carbon footprints and recyclability, please access this whitepaper.

Key Initiatives


Sharp/NEC proactively works with leaders in the environmental sector to improve the products our customers buy and, ultimately, the world in which we live.
Over the last few years, more and more states have been passing and considering legislation regarding end-of-life electronics disposal and mercury content bans. Sharp NEC Display Solutions has taken a leadership position in educating consumers and channel partners about these changes, which have a significant impact for individuals and businesses.

Recycling Information (United States and Canada)

Be sure to note that if you have a product that is still in working order, even if it is not an NEC product, you may be able to trade it in towards the price of a new NEC product.
In the United States, the proper disposal of electronic waste is an increasingly growing environmental concern, with many state governments banning disposal of certain types of electronic waste in local landfills. With the growing concern over the potential disposal of broken or used electronic devices, Sharp/NEC understands our customers' desire to minimize the environmental impact of their old electronic products by eliminating these devices from the waste stream. as part of our expanding environmental initiative, Sharp/NEC has implemented a recycling program to help current owners of NEC products see that those devices are properly handled at end-of-life.
Residents of the U.S. and Canada: To recycle your NEC products, please call our customer service center at 800.632.4662. Please have the model and serial number information available for the product you wish to recycle. Based on location, shipping fees may be applicable.
  • California - http://www.erecycle.org

  • Hawaii - Effective January 1, 2010, Sharp NEC Display Solutions offers free recycling for the residents of the Hawaiian Islands. This program includes Sharp/NEC branded computers, laptops, monitors and printers. Please visit the following website for details on our Hawaiian Drop off and Mail back options at http://www.e-worldonline.com/DropOffLocations/Index.

  • Illinois - Recycling is free for Illinois residents.

  • Maine - We encourage all of our customers to recycle their used electronics. all waste computer monitors, portable computers, digital picture frames, televisions, portable DVD players, desktop printers, and video game consoles must be recycled. Please contact your local municipality for information about how and where to recycle your e-waste in your area. For more information about Maine's electronic recycling law, please visit the Maine Department of Environmental Protection website at www.maine.gov/dep/rwm/ewaste/index.htm.

  • Michigan - Sharp NEC Display Solutions provides this program at no charge for consumers and small businesses in Michigan.

  • Missouri - Sharp NEC Display Solutions offers free recycling for the residents of Missouri. This program includes Sharp/NEC branded computers, laptops, and monitors needed to be recycled by individual consumers in Missouri.

  • New Jersey - For New Jersey recycling, please see eridirect.com/consumer. New Jersey residents may recycle any brand of CED (covered electronic device).   For more information, please see http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/ewaste/index.html

  • North Carolina - Sharp NEC Display Solutions offers free recycling for the residents of North Carolina. This program includes Sharp/NEC branded computers, laptops, monitors, televisions and printers needed to be recycled by individual consumers in North Carolina.

  • Virginia - As required by law, this service is free to residents of Virginia. Virginia residents may also recycle NEC PCs, Laptops and Monitors through this program. In compliance with Virginia's Computer Recovery and Recycling act, Sharp NEC Display Solutions recycled 500 pounds of electronics waste in calendar 2012.

  • Texas - https://www.sharpnecdisplays.us/environmental-responsibility/state-recycling-information/86

  • West Virginia - http://www.mrmrecycling.com/collection_midat.htm.

  • To recycle NEC Projector Lamps only:

    Place the lamp(s) in a box suitable for shipping.
    Label the box "LAMP RECYCLING".
    Ship to one of the following locations:
    In the US:
    Sharp NEC Display Solutions
    c/o CKS Solutions
    4293 Mulhauser Road
    Fairfield, OH 45014
    In Canada:
    Sharp NEC Display Solutions c/o Apple Express
    CompuCom Department
    5300 Satellite Drive
    Mississauga, ON L4W 5J2

    There is no charge to recycle NEC Projector Lamps, however the sender is responsible for shipping.
    Only projector lamps will be accepted in this manner.

Corporate Social Responsibility Reports

At Sharp/NEC, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means raising the quality of how business is conducted and managed. as a leading provider of IT, network and semiconductor solutions, we rely on established corporate policies to fulfill our compliance and economic responsibilities.
Sharp/NEC proactively discloses information on CSR activities and related accomplishments to fulfill the company’s accountability to its stakeholders. Through open dialog, Sharp/NEC is able to form strong customer relationships built on trust as well as increase its corporate value and achieve sustainable growth to the benefit of society.
Scope of Report
april 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010
The content solely relates to Sharp/NEC Corporation in certain sections, but also includes subsidiary companies in other sections. For information covering a specific set of Sharp/NEC and subsidiary companies, the scope of such information has been explicitly defined in each relevant section. Unless noted otherwise, Sharp/NEC refers to Sharp/NEC Corporation and its subsidiary companies in this report.

EPA Partnership

Sharp/NEC stands as one of the main companies working with the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) in developing policies and guidelines designed to create a more environmentally responsible industry.
Sharp/NEC is helping the environment by:
  • Being a Plug In to eCycling partner
  • Being a leader in the display category
  • Requiring all its recycling facilities to be certified to meet EPA standards/guidelines
  • Participating in an environmental/recycling event with local retailers

Plug-In To eCycling

Plug-In To eCycling is a consumer electronics campaign working to increase the number of electronic devices collected and safely recycled in the United States. Launched in January 2003, Plug-In To eCycling is one component of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), a national effort to find flexible, yet more protective ways to conserve our valuable resources. It is also part of EPA's Product Stewardship Program.
Plug-In To eCycling focuses on three major areas:
  • Providing the public with information about electronics recycling and increasing opportunities to safely recycle old electronics
  • Facilitating partnerships with communities, electronics manufacturers and retailers to promote shared responsibility for safe electronics recycling
  • Establishing pilot projects to test innovative approaches to safe electronics recycling

ENERGY STAR®

Sharp NEC Display Solutions is one of the contributors helping in the development and revision of the current ENERGY STAR program for desktop displays and helped to create the specification for large-format commercial displays.

Resources

NEC & ENERGY STAR

Total Cost of Ownership

Sharp NEC Display Solutions feature a terrific "TCO" advantage. Sharp NEC Display Solutions has used energy-efficient technologies in the development of its award-winning lines of LCD and CRT monitors, providing for some of the lowest power usage levels in the visual display industry.

What is Total Cost of Ownership?

Total Cost of Ownership, or TCO, is an important metric for computer users. TCO is loosely defined as the total cost of owning a product over its life cycle. For example, the cost of owning a personal computer doesn't end with the purchase price. The costs associated with procuring and using that computer over its life—acquisition cost, operational cost, administration, training, repairs, even disposal of the product when it needs to be replaced—all contribute to TCO.

Energy Conservation

One of the most easily quantifiable aspects of TCO is power conservation. In today's society of deregulation, where consumers and businesses alike are feeling the brunt of higher (or worse yet, unknown) costs of power, the amount of electricity generated by every electronic device is coming under close scrutiny. Your display, which can account for as much as 40% of the overall power consumption of your PC system, is a key area to consider when evaluating the total cost of your IT infrastructure.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

For many years, Sharp/NEC has been active in environmental issues facing the display industry. We have embarked on both company- and industry-wide initiatives aimed at building products that are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Sharp/NEC has accomplished its environmental initiatives in three ways:

How We Reduce

  • By reducing the number of contaminants—such as mercury—in our products.
  • By developing leading-edge lighting technology that permits up to a 50% reduction in display power consumption
  • By reducing the number of plastics types that are used in our products

How We Reuse

  • By using recycled paper for product manual printing
  • By selling refurbished component parts
  • By recycling more than 5 million pounds of materials so far through the Total Trade program

How We Recycle

  • By using recycled plastics in a number of our products
  • By designing our products to be more easily recycled
  • By holding recycling events with local retailers

Standards

In its environmental efforts, Sharp/NEC works alongside agencies such as the EPa Energy Star, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and EU Commission Environmental Directives and TCO (Swedish Trades Union).
On a global basis, Sharp/NEC is involved in the formulation, driving and implementation of environmental policies through membership of EPA Energy Star, EIA, Product Stewardship Institute, EPA’s eCycling, EICTa, the voice of the ICT industry to the EU Commission, and the Japanese Business Council USa and Europe.
Sharp/NEC has instituted an internal company program to ensure in-time compliance with all of the recent worldwide directives (eCycling, ENERGY STAR, WEEE, RoHS, and Packaging and Packaging Waste). We also work closely with partners and representatives to ensure legal compliance to meet any local environmental legislation.
Sharp/NEC ensures that all worldwide manufacturing facilities (whether owned or contracted) are compliant with the stringent ISO14001 (Environmental Management) norm.
Our parent company, Sharp/NEC Corporation, is involved with Japanese industry forums, such as JEITa and JETRO, which together play an important role in the development and implementation of international environmental and trade policy.

Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

The European Union's directive regarding Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) prohibits, in principle, the inclusion of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products. all Sharp NEC Display Solutions products meet RoHS compliance standards. NEC has installed comprehensive in-house analysis systems to confirm the compliance of products to the RoHS directive.
The use of the following substances is restricted or its application prohibited:
Substance application
Lead (Pb) solder, power cords, wires, plastics, component finish
Mercury (HG) switch, LCD monitor, relays, bulbs
Cadmium (Cd) power cords, wires, contact points
Hexavalent Chromium (Cr Vl) surface treatment of enclosures
Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB) plastics, printed circuit boards
Polybrominated Diphenylether (PBDE) plastics, rubber, printed circuit boards
To meet the directives of RoHS, we're obligated to completely phase out material containing substances regulated by RoHS directive, which has led to a mandate for all of our suppliers. We're also required to check for and replace materials containing substances regulated by R0HS.
Sharp NEC Display Solutions has initiated checking procedures to determine the concentration of substances regulated by the RoHS directive in parts and materials from its suppliers. We are taking action to replace the products that are found during these inspections to exceed the standards levels.

Packaging & Packaging Waste

Not only are Sharp NEC Display Solutions’ products manufactured with the environment in mind, but its packaging is developed with some of the same guidelines in mind. One such standard is the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

The Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (Directive 94/62/EC) was first issued in 1994, and an amendment making the directive even more environmentally friendly was introduced in 2004 (Directive 2004/12/EC).
The Packaging refers to any material used to contain, protect, handle, deliver and present any type of goods, from the producer or seller to the user or consumer. The Directive requires that the weight and volume of any packaging is the minimum to ensure safety and customer acceptance and certain concentration levels for lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and mercury in packaging or packaging components are not exceeded.
Our standards keep rising. Starting in 2009, a minimum of 60% of packaging waste must be recovered for further use or incinerated with energy recovery. also, between 55% and 80% of all packaging waste must be recycled.

How to Recycle your NEC Packaging

To conserve natural resources and minimize land fill usage, we ask you to please recycle your monitor carton and filler materials properly. In fact, if you aren't able to use a local recycling center, NEC will recycle it for you. Simply send your empty carton and foam filler material to the following address:
Sharp NEC Display Solutions
4293 Muhlhauser Road
Fairfield, OH 45014
Please note that only NEC monitor packaging will be accepted.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

All Sharp NEC Display Solutions products meet Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, a directive of the European Union that controls the disposal of equipment and the percentage going to landfill.
Requirements for this directive include:
  • Separate collection of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment from households and businesses
  • End-of-live plans for all products and finance the treatment and recovery of WEEE
  • Recovery and recycling to set targets
  • Free take-back offered by retailers, working with the producers
  • Accurate records to show the effects of the recycling programs
Our WEEE Obligations
WEEE Chart
WEEE Resources
www.weee-recycle.com
www.dti.gov.uk/sustainability/weee/
www.dti.gov.uk/sustainability/weee/WEEEguidance_draft.pdf