Our priority is to use environmentally preferable materials whenever we can. In adhering to this precautionary approach, Lenovo supports restricting the intentional addition of materials that are potentially concerning when economically and technically viable alternatives exist. These restrictions may also include implementing concentration limits for incidental occurrences.
We require or support the following:
- Prohibiting the use of ozone-depleting substances in all applications
- Restricting the use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention
- Eliminating those materials covered under European Union (EU) Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
- Phasing out halogen materials, including brominated flame-retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
- Maintaining a full material disclosure (FMD) system for all our products, listing the materials and substances for every component
What’s more, we expect all our partners and suppliers to demonstrate the same commitment to environmentally sound practices.
Our Materials Management at a Glance
parts, along with their incorporated materials, are documented in our full material disclosure system
of mechanical plastic parts no longer contain brominated flame retardants, or polyvinyl chloride
of Lenovo’s component suppliers provide full material disclosure
Understanding our Products
Our full material disclosure (FMD) system lists all the materials and substances for our products, with each product listing 200–300 pieces of detailed information. The FMD helps enormously with our structural design and R&D work, environmental health and safety, as well as improving product reliability. This big data tool contains more than 50,000 sets of full material information.
Less than five percent of component suppliers do not provide full material disclosure, usually for security or intellectual property reasons. However, those who do not provide full material disclosure must ensure their components comply with other forms of materials disclosure such as IEC 62474 declarations, test reports, or others. Lenovo does not exempt any supplier from this.
When evaluating the potential health and environmental impacts of our products, we continuously analyze the regulatory environment and consider input from our customers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders. This helps us to determine use of the restricted substances, as well as the substances of interest to be tracked for reporting and for consideration of future restrictions.
We inform our customers about the environmental attributes of our products, as well as compliance with applicable laws and regulations. This information is contained on industry-standard ECO Declaration forms, which you can view here, along with our Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) information sheets.