Qorvo prides itself on its social and environmental programs and performance. However, we cannot be successful in this area unless our suppliers are also. We are a team — Qorvo and our supply chain — working together to satisfy the needs and requirements of the most technologically advanced customers in the world.
This page explains our requirements to our suppliers and provides tools to help them be successful. The majority of these requirements are detailed in our Qorvo Banned and Restricted Substances Specification (QAL-21-1028). However, we will use this web page to discuss those requirements in greater detail and offer some tools to our suppliers. We include links to these tools and documents within the expandable text below, but you can also access them on our Supplier Resources page; select "Product Compliance" from the filter dropdown on that page to view them. If you need more information or have any questions about these requirements or the content on this web page, please contact us at email@example.com.
The expandable sections below discuss specific requirements for suppliers on the following:
There are many substances banned or restricted from use in Qorvo products, or banned from use in processes to make Qorvo products. These substances are listed in QAL-21-1028, the Qorvo Banned and Restricted Substances specification. There are several tables within this document:
In addition to QAL-21-1028, Qorvo has provided a Qorvo Banned and Restricted Substance List as a Microsoft Excel file, which lists all of the substances that Qorvo is aware that fits into the categories listed in QAL-21-1028. This is a rather extensive list, with approximately 26,000 entries currently. Please be aware that an individual substance can be listed multiple times, if it fits several of the categories listed in QAL-21-1028. Both QAL-21-1028 and the associated Excel file are currently being updated and will be released in May or June of 2016.
Suppliers are allowed to claim some ingredients as "confidential" or "trade secret." However, if any of these ingredients are listed in QAL-21-1028 and the Excel Banned and Restricted List, they cannot be claimed as "confidential." All of the substances listed in QAL-21-1028 have legal requirements mandating their disclosure to various environmental and safety agencies around the world. Qorvo is required to disclose the presence of all materials listed in QAL-21-1028 and therefore requires its suppliers to do the same.
Certificates of Compliance (CoCs) are documents in which a supplier certifies that their product complies with certain legal or customer requirements. Qorvo requires CoCs to state whether a supplier's products:
Qorvo would prefer a single CoC stating compliance to all of these requirements. CoCs should be updated annually or upon request.
If a chemical, material or component is used to manufacture Qorvo products and becomes a part of those products, we require third-party analytical lab reports at the homogeneous material level for the following:
We will probably add more substances to this list in the future, as more substances are added to the RoHS directive.
For a definition of "homogeneous materials," please see the Product Content and Regulatory Compliance page and expand the "RoHS Directive" section. Also, note that Qorvo considers semiconductor chips to be homogeneous materials for the purposes of the RoHS directive.
These test reports should be less than one year old and should be updated annually. The lab reports must be signed by the lab technicians and by an approving manager. The reports should list the analytes, detection limits, methods and results. The reports should contain a flowchart showing the sequence of steps for the analysis, and a picture of the materials that were tested to allow Qorvo to determine that the appropriate material was tested.
The testing laboratory must be certified to ISO 17025. You can provide proof of this certification either by including a statement on the testing report or by furnishing a copy of the ISO 17025 certification for the laboratory. Laboratories that meet Qorvo requirements are SGS, ALS, EMT and Intertek. Other laboratories are allowed, as long as they meet the requirements in this section.
A material declaration is a document that describes the materials and substances from which a product is made. For example, a capacitor would be broken down into the following homogeneous materials: ceramic (or glass), the inner electrode, the outer electrode, the underplating and the surface plating. Each of these materials would have a distinct homogeneous composition and would be composed of various substances. An example of a material declaration format is the IPC-1752 standard. Other examples may be in spreadsheet or other documentation forms. Qorvo will accept many formats of material declarations — the important issue is that we receive the information, not the form that it is in.
Suppliers of materials and process chemicals must supply Qorvo with a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) that provides Qorvo with sufficient information to determine the composition of the materials that will be added to the Qorvo product. Qorvo requires that suppliers of components that go into Qorvo products must supply Qorvo with a full material declaration that accounts for 100% of the weight of the component.
As mentioned in the "Banned and Restricted Substances" section above, Qorvo understands the need to protect Confidential Business Information (CBI). Qorvo will accept material declarations where the identities of certain substances or materials are protected. However, if any of these substances are listed in the Qorvo Banned and Restricted Substances Specification (QAL-21-1028), their presence must be disclosed. Qorvo does not allow CBI for substances listed in QAL-21-1028. In material declarations where a supplier claims CBI over the identity of certain substances, the supplier must submit a certification stating that their product does not contain any of the substances in QAL-21-1028. Please be aware that some of Qorvo's customers have other requirements regarding CBI claims, if the amount of CBI substance is more than 10% at the homogeneous material level. If a supplier's products contain substances listed as CBI by the supplier and the supplier's materials are included in Qorvo products sold to certain customers, Qorvo may require the supplier to submit more information to substantiate the CBI claim.
This section applies to our SubContract Assemblers (SCAs) — those suppliers who assemble Qorvo products, package those products and ship the products to our customers.
Packaging is governed by different regulations throughout the world. Below, we discuss some of the regulations. For a more extensive list of packaging regulations, please see Appendix A of the IPC-1758 Declaration Requirements for Shipping, Pack and Packing Materials Standard, which can be downloaded for free from the IPC website.
The EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste
The EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC) restricts the summed concentration of several heavy metals (cadmium, mercury, lead and hexavalent chromium) in packaging materials to less than 100 ppm in total. However, Qorvo customers have further limited the combined concentration to less than 80 ppm in total.
The EU Commission Decision on Dimethylfumarate
The 61st entry in Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation restricts the allowable concentration of dimethylfumarate to less than 0.1 ppm in the "article or parts thereof." Qorvo assumes that the 0.1 ppm limit applies at the "packaging material" level as defined below.
What Are Packaging Materials?
Consider the following example. An SCA ships Qorvo's components in tape-and-reel packaging to customers. The customer wants 12,500 parts. There are 2,500 parts in carrier tape put on a reel with a Pro-Band support to prevent collapse of the reel edges. Each reel is labeled with a product bar code label and put into a moisture barrier bag with a desiccant bag and a Humidity Indicating Card (HIC). The moisture barrier bag is then vacuum sealed and labeled with three labels — product bar code label, ESD label and RoHS compliance label. Each bagged reel is put into a cardboard box that is taped shut and labeled, and five of these single-reel boxes are packed into a larger box for shipment, which is also taped shut and labeled. The packaging materials are:
If the SCA used an adhesive or staples to close the boxes, then the adhesive or staples would also be packaging components.
Each of these "packaging materials" must meet the above requirements of <0.1 ppm dimethyl fumarate and <80 ppm combined concentration of cadmium, mercury, lead and hexavalent chromium.
Please note: Packaging materials are considered to be "articles" under the REACH regulation, and therefore any Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) that may be present in packaging materials must be disclosed if they are above 0.1% by weight at the packaging component level.
In the section below we will provide some background and resources where you can find more detailed information on Conflict Minerals. We will explain our expectations for your conflict minerals management, and we will outline what we look for when we review the conflict minerals information you send us.
Background and Resources
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Regulation and Consumer Protection Act defines "Conflict Minerals" as:
This definition of Conflict Minerals means that all coltan, cassiterite, gold and wolframite are Conflict Minerals, regardless of the source of the minerals. If the source was determined to be located in the Covered Countries, then reporting to the SEC is required, along with a Conflict Minerals Report.
The common derivatives from these minerals are:
Please note, Qorvo has not banned all Conflict Minerals from the DRC and adjoining countries (Angola, Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Zambia) – just those mineral sources that are being used to fund armed conflict.
If you are interested in diving deeper into the details of the Conflict Mineral law, SEC regulations implementing the Dodd-Frank Act, and recommended guidance for complying with the regulations, some good resources are available at:
Tools to Gather Conflict Mineral Sourcing Information
Qorvo is a member of the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), and has adopted the CFSI tools for the management of Conflict Minerals, including the CFSI's Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). We require that our suppliers use the CMRT to report the tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold smelters used in the components and materials sold to Qorvo. The CMRT is updated frequently and the latest version can be downloaded at http://www.conflictfreesourcing.org/conflict-minerals-reporting-template/.
What will Qorvo focus on in reviewing your Conflict Mineral information?
Regardless of how suppliers choose to create the CMRTs they send to Qorvo, suppliers need to understand how Qorvo is going to review these templates. We have created a CMRT Review Criteria document that will walk you through each field on the CMRT and explain what we will look for when reviewing your template. In general, we are looking for the following:
Please review Qorvo's CMRT Review Criteria document in its entirety before submitting your CMRT to Qorvo. This document will provide you with everything you need to know about how we will review your CMRT submission.
Qorvo has aligned its Conflict Minerals Program with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, and we expect our suppliers to do the same. Suppliers are expected to cooperate in providing due diligence information to confirm that the relevant products supplied to Qorvo are conflict-free. This means that any 3TG metals contained in the products supplied to Qorvo either: (1) do not directly or indirectly fund armed conflict or violence in the Covered Countries, or (2) originate from recycled or scrap sources.
As part of their due diligence practices, Qorvo suppliers are expected to:
What do we mean by complete "refresh"? We view the CMRT Smelter List as a snapshot of the smelters in our supply chain at a particular time. It is not a tool that can track the chain of custody of all the materials in our products. Some of our suppliers have a high rate of turnover of the materials used to build their products, while other suppliers purchase enough raw materials at one time to last several years. Therefore, we cannot track actual materials through the supply chain. When suppliers refresh their smelter data, it should represent who they are currently purchasing from. For example, if in the past a supplier has purchased from a smelter that is no longer in operations, that smelter should not appear on the suppliers updated CMRT.
If there are any questions regarding conflict minerals at Qorvo, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) — sometimes known as Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) — is defined in ISO 26000 as the "responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment." These responsibilities should result in transparent and ethical behavior that does the following:
There are several different programs available that companies can use to guide them in the development of their CSR program. The first two programs below are specific to the electronics industry, while the others are more general in nature:
Although these programs vary, they can be reduced to the requirement that organizations monitor and ensure that their labor, ethical, environmental and health and safety practices are sustainable and contribute to the health and welfare of society. These practices are best managed using a management system approach.
Qorvo's Requirements for Suppliers
Qorvo is a member of the EICC and as such, we have adopted the EICC Code of Conduct. In 2016, we will begin working with our suppliers to get them set up on the EICC website and complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) for those facilities that produce components and materials for Qorvo.
To prepare for this outreach program, we encourage our suppliers to download the EICC Code of Conduct from the hyperlink in the above paragraph. Within each section of the code (Labor, Health and Safety, Environmental, Ethics and Management System), there are several standards as listed below. Please see the EICC Code of Conduct for a detailed explanation of the requirements for each of these standards.
Health and Safety:
For each of these standards, the SAQ will ask you the following about the management system elements that support your company's approach to the standard:
This section applies to our SubContract Assemblers (SCAs) — those suppliers who assemble Qorvo products, package those products and ship the products to our customers.
Qorvo calculates Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and reports to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on an annual basis. We are encouraging our SCAs to engage in calculating and reporting Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. Scope 1 emissions account for those emissions created by on-site combustion and chemical usage and Scope 2 emissions account for emissions generated by the use of electricity.
Guidance for calculating GHG emissions can be found at http://www.ghgprotocol.org/calculation-tools/semiconductors.
Guidance on completing the CDP report can be found at http://www.cdproject.net/en-US/Pages/guidance-climate-change.aspx.
To accurately capture the emissions created in the course of manufacturing Qorvo products, it is necessary to include information relating to the GHG emissions of our SCAs. We have created an Excel reporting tool, SCA GHG Input Template, that allows our SCAs to easily report this data to us. You can find the template for download on our Supplier Resources page. We require data on the annual usage of the following:
Conversion factors are included in the reporting tool, but you can see these additional resources for energy and volume conversions:
We also require our SCAs to determine what percentage of their total energy / water usage is attributable to Qorvo business. In the first quarter of each year, we will request the data for the previous calendar year. This data will be used to complete the Qorvo GHG calculation and CDP report.
If you have any questions regarding GHG emission calculations or Qorvo's requirements, please contact us at email@example.com.