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          Conflict Minerals

          Conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country (hereinafter called “the covered countries”) have become a source of funding for armed groups, leading to human rights violations and environmental destruction while threatening to promote further conflict.

          The four minerals in question (tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold) are widely used in electric and electronic products.

          It is KEYENCE's policy to refrain from the purchasing of any parts, components, or materials that are recognized as containing conflict minerals.

          Furthermore, KEYENCE has no intention to benefit from or finance the armed groups responsible for human-rights violations in the covered countries.

          KEYENCE is engaging in efforts to eliminate conflict minerals while cooperating with suppliers, such as investigating supply chains using tools provided by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI, formerly CFSI), an organization that promotes the responsible procurement of minerals.

          [Au]Gold, [W]wolfame, [Ta]Tantal, [Sn]Zinn

          Management of Chemical Substances in Products

          Restrictions of chemical substances in electric and electronic products are spreading worldwide.

          KEYENCE shares the procedures/rules with our suppliers, for management of chemical substances in products.

          KEYENCE defines and shares a set of restricted substances in addition to the chemical substances that are regulated by the RoHS Directive and the REACH regulation in the European Union. KEYENCE promotes Green Procurement of the components and materials that we use in our products. KEYENCE is actively engaged in efforts to abide by all regulations set against using harmful chemical substances in our products.

          KEYENCE contributes to a green initiative through the use of our products.

          Working Toward the EU RoHS Directive

          KEYENCE is eliminating hazardous substances (such as heavy metals) from our products in order to contribute to the protection of human health and global environmental recovery. KEYENCE is switching over to products that comply with the RoHS Directive.

          RoHS Directive

          Electrical and electronic equipment placed on the EU market must not contain restricted substances under the RoHS Directive.

          Restricted substances under the RoHS Directive

          Pb (Lead), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) + Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) *1, Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) *1, Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) *1, Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) *1

          • *1
            The specific phthalates which added by (EU) 2015/863. Most KEYENCE products will be subject to regulation from July 22, 2021, but we are gradually transitioning them now.

          Efforts to Provide Safe Products

          Ensuring product safety is the premise to advocating quality improvement.

          We are working to further reduce risk during product design, development and manufacturing while complying with laws and regulations on product safety.