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How Kingston operates in a socially and environmentally responsible manner

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 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.

Social Responsibility

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.

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 3TG minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) that are mined in countries where conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses are reported to be occurring. Our commitment to address this concern includes a two-step approach.

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 that contain minerals 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 conflict-affected and high-risk areas or other 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.

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 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.

Carbon Disclosure Project

CDP, otherwise known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts.

CDP's supply chain program enables suppliers to submit climate, forests, and water security data to their customers.

In recognizing the tangible business benefits of disclosure and action, companies are raising their ambitions and taking meaningful steps to address climate change, deforestation and water security. This ensures their long-term sustainability and profitability, as well as equipping them to respond to regulatory and policy changes

Each year Kingston works to improve the data and scope of information from our facilities worldwide.

Climate Change

Total Global Scope 1 Emissions by Region CY2019
LocationScope 1 emissions (metric tons C02e)
United States of America 12.92
Taiwan, Greater China 0.01
China 133.8
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 0.79
Total Global Scope 2 Emissions by Region CY2019
LocationScope 2, location-based (metric tons C02e)Purchased and consumed electricity, heat, steam or cooling (MWh)Purchased and consumed low-carbon electricity, heat, steam or cooling accounted in market-based approach (MWh)
United States of America 1627.28 7273.64 0
Taiwan, Greater China 16313.41 21280.3 0
China 11196.66 15186.74 0
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 552.81 1295.89 0

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) & UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015

Financial Year ending 31 December 2018

Kingston Technology Corporation and its affiliated companies (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) and the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015, Kingston has taken the following actions:

Kingston is a member of the Responsible Business Alliance http://www.responsiblebusiness.org/. The Kingston Code of Conduct is based on the RBA Code of Conduct, which is a set of standards on social and ethical issues that prohibit the use of forced, bonded and indentured labour and involuntary prison labour. As a member of RBA, Kingston is committed to progressively aligning its own operations with the provisions of the RBA Code of Conduct and to supporting and encouraging its suppliers and sub-contractors to do the same. Kingston is committed to a continuous improvement approach to implement the RBA Code of Conduct in its operations and in the supply chain.

Kingston sends our Kingston Code of Conduct and acknowledgment letters to direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into our products comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking applicable in the country or countries in which they are doing business.

Kingston also maintains internal accountability standards and procedures for employees and contractors that fail to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking. Employees and managers who have direct responsibility for supply chain management receive training on the elements of SB 657 and the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015.

Kingston engages in the verification of our product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. This includes sending out self-assessment questionnaires to direct suppliers in which responses are evaluated, trained Kingston personnel conducting audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains, and scheduling qualified third-party/independent auditing agency verifications of Kingston’s product supply chains on a regular basis.
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California Prop 65 Warning

California Proposition 65, originally known as the “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”, is an initiative passed by voters to address concerns about toxic chemicals. California's Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to special warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm if those chemicals are above certain threshold levels. A Proposition 65 warning does not mean that a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.

Therefore, for certain products, Kingston is providing the following warning on certain product packaging:

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

This information provided on this page was sourced from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website, and was updated on 4 November 2015. Please refer to OEHHA’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding this topic. See http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html

RBA (formerly EICC)

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced that it has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) (formerly Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)) and became an Applicant Member on 15 April 2016.

RBA is the largest coalition of electronics companies committed to supporting the rights and well-being of workers and communities affected by the global electronics supply chain. Kingston recognises and respects the collective approach of the RBA and what its members intend to achieve together. As an Applicant Member of RBA, Kingston is committed to supporting the vision and mission of the RBA:

RBA Vision

A global electronics industry that creates sustainable value for workers, the environment and business.

RBA Mission

Members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions through leading standards and practices.

The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain, and as an Applicant Member of RBA, Kingston is committed to progressively aligning its own operations with the provisions of the RBA Code of Conduct and to supporting and encouraging its own first-tier suppliers to do the same. Kingston is committed to using RBA tools with a continuous improvement approach to implement the RBA Code of Conduct in its operations and in the supply chain.

For more information about RBA and how members collaborate for a sustainable electronics industry, please visit http://www.responsiblebusiness.org/

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