Heilind Code of Conduct
Heilind Electronics, Inc. is a global distributor of electronic components serving customers worldwide. Heilind's customers are established suppliers in such industries as medical, telecommunications, energy, transportation and defense.
The following Code of Conduct embodies Heilind's commitment to act responsibly, fairly and "by the rules" in all its business dealings.
RoHS, lead-free legislation, "Directive 2002/95/EC on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment," was initially enforced throughout the European community beginning July 1, 2006.
Its aim was to remove a total of six substances from electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), thereby contributing to the protection of human health and the environment. Although RoHS is a European Union (EU) directive, manufacturers of EEE outside of Europe must also abide by this legislation if the equipment they produce is imported into an EU member state.
In an effort to support our customers and supplier base, Heilind has been committed to RoHS compliance since its inception in 2006. Pursuant to this effort, Heilind has remained current and seamlessly transitioned its distribution process to fully satisfy RoHS2 regulatory criteria as of the beginning of 2013.
Ongoing (RoHS2) Compliance
The deadline to formally transition from the original RoHS directive (2002/95/EC) to the RoHS2 "recast" (2011/65/EU) was officially Jan. 2, 2013. As this deadline approached, suppliers and customers alike questioned how implementation of the newly revised RoHS directive has affected the certified status of product historically verified as compliant prior to this update. The simple answer is (at the component level) product that met original RoHS criteria remains compliant under the new ‘recast’ directive. Supporting this statement is the fact that for individual components, neither the list of hazardous substances nor the limits associated with each identified substance has been altered from initial RoHS guidelines.
Distribution of RoHS2-compliant material remains one of the many services Heilind Electronics prides itself in providing its customers and continues to deliver product (now certified to the new RoHS2 directive) in appropriately labeled packaging.
In keeping with our service oriented philosophy, we continue to help our suppliers as well as our customers manage RoHS2- compliant material. Included in this process is:
- Supplier policies: Inform our customers of our manufacturer's RoHS2 policies as they continue to evolve.
- Part-specific information: Inform customers of part-number-specific compliance as this information becomes available from our suppliers.
- Inventory management: Provide assistance in managing the product pipeline regarding RoHS2-compliant inventory.
- Market demands: Keep our suppliers posted with market and specific customer needs, which will allow them to be more responsive.
- Education: Working closely with our supplier partners, Heilind will, to the best of our ability, provide our valued customers and employees with the most up-to-date RoHS2 related information available.
Conflict Minerals - Supplier Social Responsibility
Heilind Electronics is aware of and concerned that mining operations, specifically in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (and adjoining countries) have been determined to be funding “armed militias” directly responsible for wide spread human rights violations. As a result, in July of 2010 new legislation was passed requiring companies listed on the U.S. stock exchange to report annually to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a list of any products that were produced with minerals sourced from this area of concern as well as disclose any measures taken to eliminate these so-called “conflict minerals” (specifically: tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten) from their supply chain.
Heilind Electronics takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure that metals mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo do not find their way into our supply chain. Accordingly, as part of the vendor selection process we have added language to our Vendor Approval Survey that provides notice to each Heilind supplier of Company expectations regarding our collective social responsibility in this matter. The revised Vendor Approval Survey is being systematically distributed to each of our active vendors.
Heilind has taken this action as we feel it is incumbent upon each of our vendors to promote and maintain the supply chain integrity that our customers demand by ensuring ongoing compliance with the policy requirements stated within the relative legislation. As such, it is expected of all Heilind vendors who incorporate metals in products supplied to our customers to trace and map their own supply chain to their smelters, seeking only to source materials from non-conflict regions.
Should we become aware of a vendor whose supply chain includes metals from a conflict region source, Heilind will take appropriate action to remedy the situation expediently, including reassessment of supplier relationships.
Safety - Mission Statement
At Heilind, we believe that the safety and health of our employees is of primary importance. Safety does not just happen, it requires a commitment by everyone. Our goal is to eliminate work-related safety and health injuries to both employees and visitors by providing a safe environment.
To achieve this goal, management has concentrated on the development and implementation of a comprehensive safety plan that fosters sound policies and practices, provides employees training and education, promotes safe conditions, and provides a forum for information exchange to meet the ever-changing needs of the company.
International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) & Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
Heilind Electronics, Inc. is registered by the United States Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) to export defense articles and/or provide defense services as described in the International Traffic In Arms Regulation (ITAR) and the Arms Export Control Act.
Heilind Electronics, Inc. is also in compliance with the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for export of EAR components.
Heilind Electronics, Inc. has implemented a compliance program for export control of technical data, technology, value-add processes, materials and inventory, and products designated as controlled under the ITAR or EAR.