Our policy on the use and phase out of target substances is based on the following key principles:
Beyond Legal Compliance
Our first principle for managing the use of substances with significant environmental impacts is to be a responsible corporate citizen. This means that Samsung Electronics goes above and beyond legal requirements in phasing out target substances across our entire product range in all countries.
Decision Making Based on Scientific Evidence & the Precautionary Principle
Target substances (i.e. substances that may jeopardize human health and/or environment) are identified and managed based on sound scientific evidence wherever possible. We will also consider cases where concerns exist due to conflicting evidences.
By acting above and beyond legal requirements, and considering cases where the scientific evidence is conflicting or not yet absolute, Samsung Electronics incorporates the Precautionary Principle into our approach for managing target substances.
A full list of target substances and how they are managed via the Samsung Electronics Standards for Control of Substances concerning Product Environment (SEC Standard 0QA-2049) can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
Management of target substances
Voluntary Phase Out of Target Substances
In accordance with our policy on target substances, Samsung Electronics has developed a list of substances which are not restricted by law but whose use in our products is monitored and reported by suppliers in order to develop appropriate measures for future restrictions and phase out programs.
These substances, termed Class III, are selected based on:
The setting of phase out schedules is then undertaken based on the level of concern and the potential availability of less harmful alternatives. Therefore, Class III includes the date of substances phase out which is completed or nearly completed, in addition to including potential future substances of concern. Additions to the list are made on an on-going basis resulting from dialogue with stakeholders and monitoring of expert research.
Samsung’s Compliance with RoHS Directives
Samsung Electronics takes a proactive approach to evaluating materials in its products to assess environmental, health or safety impacts.
By acting above and beyond legal requirements, and considering cases where the scientific evidence is conflicting or not yet absolute, Samsung Electronics incorporates the precautionary principle into our approach for managing target substances. The evaluation of alternative materials is a continuous process.
We are aware of issues relating to the environmental impact of using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in electronic products. Following the precautionary principle, we have been continuing to expand the development and launch of products with reduced PVC and BFRs despite restrictions such as an immature supply market for alternative materials and issues regarding technical reliability and performance.
Samsung Electronics believes that the enactment of legislation such as updated EU RoHS Directives will play an important role in addressing problems relating to the elimination of PVC and BFRs use. Through this legislation, the industry-wide replacement of PVC and BFRs could be expedited.
Samsung Electronics will comply if the EU decides to include PVC and BFRs as restricted substances in the RoHS 2.0 amendment.
For effective implementation, Samsung Electronics suggests consideration of the following when amending the RoHS Directive:
While an environment conducive to the elimination of PVC and BFR use is being established, whether through legislation or supply chain formation, Samsung Electronics will continue to eliminate PVC and BFRs according to our internal plans with consideration of relevant industry and market status and conditions.
Voluntary Phase-out Achieved to Date
Samsung Electronics has been successful in developing and launching PVC and BFR free products and advancing consumers’ quality of life while also providing new value through eco-innovation. Here is a record of our progress to date: