Plantronics has a longstanding commitment to environmentally sound manufacturing processes. Our dedication has been recognized throughout the years by cities, government agencies, and other organizations. Many countries around the world are putting stringent guidelines in place to improve the state of the environment and help eliminate hazardous substances. Plantronics is a strong supporter of these efforts.
We were one of the first companies to achieve full Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive compliance for products shipped to the European Union. We worked closely with our suppliers to help ensure that our complete supplier network adhered to RoHS requirements.
In conjunction with the RoHS Directive, we were at the forefront in complying with Europe's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. This guarantees that all discarded Plantronics products and packaging can be safely disposed of or recycled, eliminating the strain on landfills.
The use of environmental management software improves our data management and reporting capabilities for hazardous materials legislation such as RoHS, REACH, and California's Proposition 65. As part of this program, we also added access to a data warehouse service to improve the level of information available about our components.
Beginning January 2011, Plantronics has specified phthalate-free designs for our products going forward. In addition, we're also in the process of removing phthalates from our existing product lines.
Our packaging is created with the environment in mind. More than 50 percent of the material used to package our Bluetooth® consumer products can be recycled. All printed material and packaging components, including dyes, inks, pigments, adhesives, stabilizers, and additives, are manufactured without using toxic or regulated heavy metals. All printed collateral and packaging components, regardless of manufacturing location or country of origin, are in full compliance with the Reduction of Toxics Packaging Legislation in the United States.
We've achieved ISO 9001 certification across all of our global facilities, which means we're certified for having quality systems in place that ensure that our development and manufacturing processes deliver quality products. In addition, our facilities in Mexico and Europe achieved ISO 14001 certification for developing a framework of control for an Environmental Management System against which an organization can be certified by a third party. This means that we're also certified for minimizing operations that negatively impact the environment and for ensuring that our products are manufactured in the most environmentally efficient ways possible.