Quality & Social Responsibility
Solarflare has achieved ISO certification to both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 International Standards from the Certification Body of TÜV SÜD America Inc., for its Irvine, California headquarters, the New Delhi, India R&D facility and the Cambridge, UK R&D facility.
Certification to these ISO International Standards supports Solarflare’s commitment to offering products and services that are safe, reliable and of good quality. Adherence to these globally recognized and accepted standards improves company performance by reducing costs, protecting the environment, increasing productivity and enhancing customer satisfaction.
On August 22, 2012, The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) published regulations implementing Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with respect to conflict minerals. While Solarflare Communications, Inc. (Solarflare) is not a registrant at the SEC, we recognize our customer base includes a number of registered companies. Additionally, the European Union (EU) has recently published a draft regulation for “setting up a Union system for supply chain due diligence self-certification of responsible importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas.” Solarflare and our customers support the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct regarding the sourcing of materials from socially and environmentally responsible suppliers.
Solarflare shall not knowingly source components that contain any of the minerals that can be traced to prohibited foundries based in the DRC and surrounding areas, taking all reasonable steps to identify the originating foundry for all of the conflict minerals (Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten and Gold). We have also implemented a due diligence conflict mineral program, acknowledging that reaching full traceability of minerals requires time and effort across industries and collaboration from all sectors in the supply chain. This is due in large part to the complex manner in which metals are produced and sold, and the fact that ores from many different sources can be combined – multiplying the diligence necessary to trace the products. All of this is complicated by the geopolitical forces at work in the region.
These factors make industry-wide cooperation of the utmost importance in achieving socially responsible sourcing. Solarflare strongly encourages its suppliers to comply with available international frameworks governing conflict minerals matters. Through a program of commercial contracts, written agreements and documentation checks, Solarflare intends to achieve full supply chain traceability.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
On January 2, 2013, the recast EU directive 2011/65/EU came into force within the EU. The purpose of this directive is to limit the homogeneous levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDEs found within electrical and electronic equipment. The RoHS directive is a new approach directive requiring all products in compliance with the standard as of the date of implementation to be CE marked and covered by a suitable declaration of conformity.
The Solarflare product family is in full compliance with the EU RoHS directive. Using the combination of methods prescribed by EN 50581:2012, Solarflare has determined that its complete product offering is in full compliance with the essential requirements of this directive.
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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
European directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) places certain obligations on the producers of WEEE to take financial responsibility for such equipment at the end of its life and to support the separate collection, treatment, re-use, recovery, recycling and environmentally sound disposal.
According to Article 3 (e) ‘waste electrical and electronic equipment’ or ‘WEEE’ means electrical or electronic equipment which is waste within the meaning of Article 3(1) of Directive 2008/98/EC, including all components, subassemblies and consumables which are part of the product at the time of discarding. Elements of a system that are not discernible EEE products in their own right or that do not have a direct function away from the installation are considered to be excluded from the scope of the regulations.
All Solarflare products are subassemblies that do not have a standalone function and only fall within the scope of the directive once installed into final equipment. For this reason they are excluded from the scope of the regulations.