Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is committed to operating our business in a manner that is Socially and Environmentally Responsible (SER). Over the past 24 years, Kingston has maintained a basic philosophy that centres on the core values of the company: respect, loyalty, integrity, flexibility and adaptability, investing in our employees and having fun at work in the company of friends. These core values also influence our obligations to make a positive difference in the communities in which we operate and to help protect the environment.
Kingston's employees are our most important resource. We provide a work environment that is respectful, safe and healthy at all locations based on the OHSAS 18001 management system, for which certification was obtained in June 2004.
In the area of safety, we have implemented accident prevention steps such as risk assessments, occupational health and safety education, and emergency drills at all sites. On the health side, Kingston provides a variety of wellness programmes for our employees. These include health education from healthcare professionals, fitness programmes and wellness newsletters.
Kingston is committed to upholding a culture where diversity is valued and respected. We treat all individuals fairly, in all aspects of employment, without regard to race, colour, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, family care status, veteran status or medical condition, including genetic characteristics. Kingston prohibits discrimination and harassment of individuals on any of the bases listed above, or any other legally-protected basis.
Kingston is dedicated to protecting the rights of employees worldwide, in both policy and practice. We operate in full compliance with applicable local labour laws, including those regarding minimum age, working hours, overtime, wages and benefits, at all Kingston facilities. Employment is voluntary and employees are able to associate freely.
Kingston shares the concern of our customers that the sources of minerals used in the manufacture of our product are not considered "conflict minerals". Conflict minerals pertain to certain minerals (such as tin and gold) that are mined in countries where conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses are reported to be occurring; most notably in eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Our commitment to address this concern includes a two-step approach.
1) Kingston has taken steps to ensure that the purchased materials used in our manufacturing process (such as solder paste) that contain minerals (such as tin) are free of conflict minerals. Kingston has written assurances from all of its suppliers of metal alloy materials used in the manufacturing process of Kingston products that the sources of such minerals and raw materials are not from the DRC or other nations or regions in violation of human rights.
2) Kingston is also working with our supply chain to ensure that the purchased components used in our products are free of materials containing conflict minerals. We ask that our suppliers support our concern and we are involved in an ongoing effort to collect the necessary supporting data and applicable evidence as part of our due diligence.
Kingston is doing its part to be a responsible environmental steward. In June 2004, Kingston obtained certification to ISO 14001, which provides guidance in environmental issues. We are operating in ways that are more sensitive to the environment in order to reduce our carbon footprint and disclose our efforts through our participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project. As energy use in our facilities makes up the majority of our carbon footprint, we are researching ways to reduce our energy usage.
We are increasing our recycling efforts at all sites, striving to recycle the majority of the waste generated by our operations. Kingston is the first memory manufacturer to launch an electronics recycling programme for its customers in the USA.
Kingston is making smart and responsible choices in packaging by using more eco-friendly materials and looking for ways to increase our use of post-consumer recycled materials.
Kingston understands its role as a Global Citizen and strives to create positive change whenever we can. With the help of our employees, Kingston participates in endeavours to improve the communities in which we operate, such as contributing to local area food banks, co-sponsoring charitable drives and donating educational equipment to schools.
Kingston Technology has commissioned an emissions audit by an outside firm to determine the amount of carbon dioxide being generated at our Orange County facility. The results of the audit indicate that most of our GHG emissions are indirect emissions from purchased electricity (99.5165%), with the balance (0.4889%) in direct emissions from company vehicle usage and production. Calculations were determined using the IPCC methodology and the USEPA methodology. The data reflects the period from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009 for all facilities reported here.
Environmental considerations are set to become an integral part of the professional conduct, practice and ethical considerations that Kingston Technology professionals bring to this organisation.
Carbon Disclosure Project
Kingston Technology commissioned an emissions audit by an outside company to determine the amount of carbon dioxide being generated at its facilities in the US, Taiwan, China and UK.
The results of the audit indicate that most of our GHG emissions are indirect emissions from purchased electricity (99.5165%), with the balance (.4889%) in direct emissions from company vehicle usage and production.
Calculations were determined using the IPCC methodology and the USEPA methodology.
The data reflects the period from 01/01/2012 to 31/12/2012 for all facilities reported here.
Each year, Kingston works to improve the data and scope of the information.
Kingston US Facility
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Kingston Taiwan Facility
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Kingston Shanghai Facility
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Kingston Technology's total water consumption from our operations is 128.19 megalitres (global site totals for the reporting year of 2012).
Approximately 10% of Kingston's production processes utilise water.
The majority of water usage is for facility maintenance, caretaking functions and employee use.
Kingston Technology's global sites for the calendar year 2012 produced 1196.44 metric tonnes of solid waste.
Kingston utilises certified recycling organisations to recycle the waste generated in our manufacturing processes, including the passive components, DRAM, PCB boards, plastics and cardboard.
Kingston also recycles e-waste and universal waste to reduce the amount of waste deposited in landfills.
Kingston (global sites) has set a goal of a 10% reduction of solid waste by Q4 2013.
RoHS Compliance Statement
RoHS 2 Directive (2011/65/EU)
Directive 2011/65/EU was passed into law on 21 July 2011. The Directive is a recast of the current Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS 1) Directive that was passed into law by the European Union (EU) in 2003. The recast addresses the same elements from the 2003 Directive: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chrome, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). However, the scope now includes the assessment of new hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). RoHS 2 is mainly aimed at developing better regulatory conditions and increasing the level of legal clarity. It also provides for a gradual extension of the RoHS requirements to all EEE, cables and spare parts with a view to full compliance by 22 July 2019. RoHS 2 also includes marking (CE marking) and declaration of conformity requirements. RoHS 2 comes into effect on 2 January 2013.
Kingston has worked diligently to ensure that all of Kingston’s products and their packaging materials sold to Europe are fully RoHS 2-compliant. A Declaration of RoHS 2 Compliance can be provided upon request.
As per the Directive requirements, Kingston creates and compiles technical documentation (Decision No 768/2008/EC) which is maintained for a period of ten (10) years.
Upon request, the technical documentation will be made available to national regulatory authorities in order to demonstrate conformity.
If you have questions regarding the RoHS compliance of our products, please contact your distributor or reseller.
Kingston REACH Implementation
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, EC 1907/2006) is the European Union’s chemical regulation that came into force on 1 June 2007 and will be phased in over an 11 year period (until 2018).
Kingston does not produce, import or supply any substances subject to this provision and Kingston abides by all restriction requirements provided in Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation.
Kingston supports the basic objective of REACH to further improve the European Union’s chemicals regulatory system, including the intent to advance public health and safety and protect the environment.
EU manufacturers and importers are required to register chemical substances they produce or import in quantities over 1 ton per year.
As Kingston has offices in Europe, we recognised our obligation as defined in REACH and pre-registered the chemicals in our products that met the criteria set by ECHA.
Kingston does not produce or import chemicals into the EU; therefore, Kingston has no further obligations for registration at this time.
Information on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)
Suppliers of articles must provide recipients with information on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) if those are present above a concentration limit of 0.1% on an article level.
SVHC will be defined through the list of candidate substances for authorisation that will be produced by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
SVHC candidate lists have been published that currently include 144 substances.
Kingston products have been reviewed for SVHC at the article level and no SVHC are present above the concentration limit of 0.1% (by weight).
Kingston will continue to review the SVHC candidate lists that are released by ECHA for additional substances.
Our customers and the European Chemicals Agency will be notified of any changes, if applicable, to comply with this and any future REACH requirements.
PFOS Compliance Statement
Declaration of Conformity — PFOS Restriction for Environment Protection
Kingston Technology does not use perfluorooctyl sulfonates (PFOS) in any of its manufacturing processes.
A limited number of wafer fabrication operations of Kingston’s die component suppliers use PFOS in some critical applications in the photoresist coatings of their photolithography process of wafer manufacturing. However, such uses are within the exemptions provided for photolithography processing in accordance to EU Directive 2006/122/ECOF restricting the use of PFOS.
Based on the supporting data provided by Kingston’s suppliers, our understanding is that PFOS does not remain in the product of any manufactured die components supplied to us, and PFOS is not contained in any Kingston product.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657)
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. and its affiliated company, Kingston Digital, Inc., (collectively referred to as "Kingston") share the concern of our customers that the Kingston products they purchase be procured and manufactured through a supply chain that adheres to laws regarding slave labour or human trafficking. As such, Kingston takes measures to ensure that our direct supply chain for tangible goods offered for sale is in compliance with such applicable laws. In response to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657), Kingston has taken the following actions:
Kingston engages in the verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. Self-assessment questionnaires are sent out to direct suppliers and responses are evaluated. Third-party verifications are not conducted.
Kingston conducts audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The audits are arranged and conducted by trained Kingston personnel. Third-party/independent auditors are not used in this process.
Kingston sends our Supplier Code of Conduct and acknowledgment letters to direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking applicable in the country or countries in which they are doing business.
Kingston maintains internal accountability standards and procedures for employees and contractors that fail to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking.
Kingston employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management receive training on the elements of SB 657.