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Social Responsibility

Social / Enviromental Responsibility

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 centers 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.

Social Responsibility

Kingston's employees are our most important resource. We provide a work environment that is respectful, safe and healthy at all locations utilizing 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 programs for our employees. These include health education from health-care professionals, fitness programs, 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, color, 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 labor 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.

Conflict Minerals

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 are asking 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.

Environmental Responsibility

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 program for our customers in the U.S.

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.

Community

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 endeavors 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.

Carbon Disclosure Project

Kingston Technology has undertaken an emissions audit by an outside firm on the amount of carbon dioxide being generated at the US, Taiwan, China, and UK facilities. 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 1/1/112 to 12/31/12 for all facilities reported here.

Each year Kingston works to improve the data and scope of the information.

Kingston US Facility

Emission Type Source CO2 Emissions in tonnes CY 2012
Direct Company Vehicles 12.00
Indirect Purchased Electricity 2.266 thousand

Kingston Taiwan Facility

Emission Type Source CO2 Emissions in tonnes CY 2012
Direct Company Vehicles 0.01
Indirect Purchased Electricity 9.505 thousand

Kingston Shanghai Facility

Emission Type Source CO2 Emissions in tonnes CY 2012
Direct Company Vehicles 162.50
Indirect Purchased Electricity 12.543 thousand

Kingston UK Facility

Emission Type Source CO2 Emissions in tonnes CY 2012
Direct Company Vehicles 0.01
Indirect Purchased Electricity .2 thousand

Water Usage

Kingston Technology's total water consumption from our operations is 128.19 megaliters (global site totals for the reporting year of 2012). Approximately 10% of Kingston's production processes utilize water. The majority of water usage is for facility maintenance, janitorial functions, and employee use.

Solid Waste

Kingston Technology's global sites for the calendar year 2012 produced 1196.44 metric tonnes of solid waste. Kingston utilizes certified recycling organizations 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.

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 labor 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 of the country or countries in which they are doing business.

Kingston maintains internal accountability standards and procedures for employees and contractors failing 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.