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Updated on August 21, 2015

Management of Chemical Substances in Products

Sony's Proprietary Global Standards for the Management of Chemical Substances

Many of Sony's electronics products contain between a few hundred and a few thousand parts that are made of a variety of chemical substances, some of which may be classified as hazardous and may harm the environment if they are not properly controlled prior to product disposal.

To prevent such environmental harm, some countries and regions have introduced laws and directives, such as the European Union's Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive*1 restricting certain chemical substances in products. In Japan, products that contain certain chemical substances are required to carry the J-Moss mark*2, while in China it is required to disclose information on chemical substances contained in products in line with the Management Methods on the Pollution Control of Electronic Information Products, often referred to as China RoHS*3.

In light of the global nature of its markets and supply chains, Sony has established its own global standards for the management of chemical substances, titled "Management Regulations for the Environment-related Substances to be Controlled which are Included in Parts and Materials" (SS-00259)*4, taking into account the related laws and regulations around the world and simultaneously the opinions of various stakeholders. In line with these standards, Sony ensures globally consistent management of chemical substances in parts and materials.

*1
Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electric and electronic products (RoHS) (Enforced in 2006 and revised in 2011)
*2
Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) for marking the presence of certain chemical substances in electrical and electronic equipment
*3
Management Methods on the Pollution Control of Electronic Information Products is a regulation passed in 2007 in China, to regulate the use of six substances, including lead and mercury, in electronic products and components sold in the Chinese market. All electronics and information devices sold in China must bear the "Environmental pollution control mark," "Information on chemical substances content," and "Packaging materials recycling mark."
*4
Sony standards that are used to give direction to suppliers on chemical substances for items procured by Sony. These standards classify chemical substances as those that must be banned immediately, those for which a period for phaseout is individually set and those for which no deadline is set for ban of use but phasing out is planned. (For details, visit: Management Regulations for the Environment-related Substances to be Controlled which are Included in Parts and Materials (SS-00259).)

Complying with Regulations Governing Chemical Substances in Products

Sony has set up necessary procedures to ensure compliance with the EU's REACH*1 regulation requirements and revised RoHS Directive. In response to its obligation under REACH to provide information to customers, as well as to the CE marking requirement of the RoHS directive, Sony currently uses the Green Procurement Survey Response Tools standard*2 issued by the Japanese VT62474*3 committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This enables Sony to collect data on specified chemical substances in parts and materials purchased from suppliers for management in an internal database.

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REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals): New regulations for managing chemical substances introduced in the EU effective June 1, 2008, whereby companies that meet certain conditions are required to, among others, register, apply for authorization, notify, restrict and communicate information on certain chemical substances. Information on REACH can also be found at http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/eco/environmental-management (only available in English).
*2
Maintaining the electronic data format defined by the Japanese Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI) for material declaration, the Japanese VT62474 committee issued a survey tool that covers additions to the list of declarable substances. The tool includes information on, among others, presence in parts, applications and sites where used.
*3
The Japanese VT62474 committee was established in April 2012 as a subcommittee of the IEC under IEC TC111 technical committee for environmental standardization for electrical and electronics products and systems. Functioning primarily as a screening body in Japan, the Japanese VT62474 committee is responsible for summarizing opinions and providing information for the IEC's VT62474 project team, which is charged with updating the list of declarable substances in the IEC62474 database.

Managing Chemical Substances in Smartphones and Tablets

Sony is promoting efforts to manage chemical substances in its Xperia™ Smartphones and tablets. Sony Mobile Communications AB (SOMC) was the first to seek the phase out of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from its mobile phones and in 2002 became one of the first companies in the industry to offer BFR-free mobile phones, meaning BFRs were not used in circuit boards, cables or casings. Consistent efforts since then have enabled SOMC to completely eliminate BFRs and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all of its products (excluding accessories). SOMC has also succeeded in eliminating phthalic esters, namely, Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP) and Di-isonoyl phthalate (DINP), from all Xperia™ Smartphones and Tablets. Going forward, SOMC will also continue phasing out organic bromine and chlorine compounds from Xperia™ Smartphones, Tablets and accessories.
  • Phase out of critical substances in mobilephones

Note:
Since fiscal year 2013, Sony has also been promoting the phaseout of critical substances in smartphones and tablets in accordance with the timeline shown above.

Information on "Color IQ™"* Incorporated in Some Television Models

BRAVIA™ LCD TV models:
X9200A, X9000A/X900A, W950A, W900A, W850A

Note:
The series of LCD televisions above will be launched in various countries around the world, with some models incorporating "Color IQ™." For more details on these models, please visit the appropriate Sony website in each country.

"Color IQ™" is an advanced light-emitting semiconductor technology developed by QD Vision, Inc. By integrating QD Vision's "Color IQ™" optical component with Sony's unique display technologies, this television set achieves a significantly wider color gamut, which provides a far more natural and vivid viewing experience. The "Color IQ™" optical component produced by QD Vision contains a very small quantity of cadmium. This cadmium is fixed within a hardened resin which is sealed in glass inside the television. Customers can therefore enjoy using this television without being exposed to cadmium.

This television complies with all applicable environmental laws and regulations in countries and regions where Sony sells it. Sony's aim is to protect the environment throughout the life cycle of its products. As part of this effort, Sony provides its consumers, authorized repair workshops and recycling companies with information relating to the "Color IQ™" component in order to enable proper collection, handling, recycling and disposal of the component upon repair or disposal of the television, in accordance with applicable local environmental laws and regulations.

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"Color IQ™" and the "Color IQ™" logo are trademarks of QD Vision, Inc.

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