2.1 Use of safer chemicals – Is there a corporate policy for alternative assessments of hazardous chemicals?

Original question as formulated in the survey: Do EICC member companies have in place a corporate policy that commits their company to conducting on-going alternative assessments of hazardous chemicals used in production throughout their supply chain?

EICC self-score: chemical-yellow-web

EICC justifies this score by referring to the VAP Protocol C3.1, which requires the use of an alternative assessment.

GoodElectronics and ICRT score: chemical-orange-web

This question asks whether suppliers of EICC member companies continue to look for safer and viable alternatives to known hazardous chemicals in their processes.

VAP Protocol C3.1 only applies to the introduction of new hazardous materials, so it seems that, for EICC, all existing chemicals are exempt from scrutiny. This is unacceptable to GoodElectronics and ICRT.

The VAP Protocol does not provide any definition of adequacy or verifiability. There is nothing about how to perform alternative assessments, or how to select safer substitutions, so there is no way for an auditor to determine whether a supplier made a ‘thorough evaluation’.

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