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Ensure environmental regulation compliance

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:compliance environmental? time to market design? manufacturers electronics?

As new regulations such as REACH mushroom, electronics manufacturers are ever more dependent on their suppliers to ensure environmental compliance. As such, they find themselves working with more suppliers and collecting more compliance data than ever before. This, coupled with the fact that manufacturers continue to use manual processes, has made supplier management the "Achilles Heel" of environmental compliance. Increasing adoption of corporate social responsibility principles (such as HP's SER program ) that go beyond environmental compliance issues, such as carbon foot printing, labor practices and packaging of products, have placed even further demands on working with suppliers.

The business impact includes operational inefficiencies, along with increased supplier risks associated with quality, non-compliance and time-to-market.

Companies must collect more than just the certificate of compliance for components from suppliersmanaging compliance spans the entire supplier life cycle and the entire component life cycle. Frequently, this requires multiple departmentssuch as procurement, design and component engineering, quality and complianceworking collaboratively with suppliers.

There are several industry examples such as HP, Nokia, Dell and Sony that use best practices processes for managing environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance. Over the last few years, comprehensive supplier management platforms have emerged that enable companies to automate these best practice processes.

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