Before NVIDIA brings a new product to market, we have it prototyped and qualified thoroughly. In Board Operations, our manufacturing process engineers work with customers to ensure problems are diagnosed and solutions are found before the product goes to market. In Silicon Products, we work with closely with contracted silicon suppliers and package and assembly houses to ensure that each new generation of product meets high standards of reliability before it is manufacturer.
It also in the planning phase where materials for the product are specified and compliance aspects are taken into consideration (see Compliance below for more information). Each component is screened for materials availability. Tools, such as materials analyzers, are used by some product groups to confirm the presence of non-restricted materials.
Finally, our teams confirm that all appropriate import and export licensing regulations are being followed so that our products can be sold and shipped without restriction to our customers globally.
We comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where we operate. We also work with our suppliers to ensure that our supply chain is compliant.
Reduced Hazardous Substances
Our regulatory and certification guidelines for hazardous substances include:
- RoHS: We adhere to European Union regulations for restriction of hazardous substances.
- EU REACH: We adhere to European Union regulations for safe use of chemicals (i.e., registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction).
- Halogen-free: Products designed after 2008 are halogen-free. Our new-generation chip products are also free of brominated flame-retardants.
- ISO 14001: We use the ISO 14001 certification standard for our environmental management system.
- OHSAS18001: All key suppliers are required to be independently audited and certified for adherence to this health and safety management system standard (GB/T28001-2011 in China).
Where appropriate, we review and make changes to bills of material to ensure that our products meet customer and legislative requirements while still delivering optimum performance. In addition, we have specific agreements for environmental compliance with specialized suppliers.
We routinely incorporate third-party lab inspections into our process to verify compliance with applicable standards. We engage an external consultant to benchmark and review our practices, and we participate in joint industry training activities to help ensure that our practices are aligned with customer and industry expectations.
NVIDIA is taking an active role to support the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with regard to conflict minerals. As defined by the Section 1502 of the Act, conflict minerals include tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We have developed internal procedures to ensure compliance through supplier outreach.
We also leverage tools developed by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) to manage this process. The EICC Smelter Auditing Program helps members ensure that they are using conflict-free minerals. NVIDIA has already taken action to request that all of our direct suppliers report the name and location of mines and smelters to confirm that they are not sourcing minerals from conflict regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Visit our Supplier Responsibility section to learn more about our response.
For more information, visit the Environmental Metrics section of this report.