According to the UN World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".
For IQA Metal , sustainable development implies economic growth together with the protection of environmental quality and with a responsible health and safety commitment.
Our corporate social responsibility approach is clearly defined in These objectives ranging from zero lost time accidents to human rights and equal opportunities.
Health and Safety Policy
Energy Conservation Benefits
Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Policy
IQA Metal recognizes that the disciplines of environmental, quality, health and safety management are an integral part of its management function. IQA Metal views these as a primary responsibility and to be the key to good business in adopting appropriate environmental, quality, health and safety standards.
Definitions of hazardous e-waste are based on international definitions.
Strict control of exportation of hazardous electronic wastes to conform to the Amendment to the Basel Convention and other existing laws. Exporting of hazardous e-waste from developed to developing countries is not permitted.
Company's Environmental, Quality, Health and Safety Policy calls for continual improvement In its environmental, quality, health and safety management activities and business will be conducted according to the following principles:
Follow a concept of continual improvement and make best use of our management resources in all matters of environmental, quality, health and safety matters.
Communicate our objectives/targets and our performance against defined objectives/targets throughout the Company and to interested parties.
Take due care to ensure that activities cause no avoidable adverse environmental Impact and are safe for employees, associates, subcontractors and others who come into contact with our workplace.
Work closely with our customers and suppliers to establish the highest environmental, quality, health and safety standards, including fair labor practices, prohibition of prison or minor labor throughout the recycling chain and the diligent management of customer's data security and privacy requirements.
Commit to the prevention of pollution and prevention of Injury and ill health.
• Ensure accountability for all Focus and Hazardous e-Waste both onsite and downstream throughout the recycling chain to final disposition.
• Manage used and end-of-life electronics equipment based on a "reuse, refurbish, recover, dispose" hierarchy of responsible management strategies, Including both on site and throughout the Recycling Chain;
• Adopt a forward-looking view on future business decisions that may have environmental, quality, or health and safety impacts.
Full accountability for the entire downstream recycling chain for the toxic materials to final disposition.
When data security services are offered, conformance with the NIST 800-88 Guidelines for Media Sanitization, address additional hard drive imperfections, and provide customers with written agreements regarding services provided and customer indemnity.
Clear requirements for legitimate reuse and refurbishment.
Restrictions on disposal options for toxic materials and prohibition on use of prison and child labor.
Requirements for insurance provisions commensurate with the nature and size of operations.
Provision of site closure plans when potentially hazardous processing technologies have been used.
Transparency of the entire chain of custody of toxic materials for any customers who request it, including records and documentation of e-waste going for recycling and reuse.
Continual training of employees.
Written Injury and Illness Prevention Program to protect employees’ health and safety.
• Municipalities, governments, and corporate America are all looking to polish their green and sustainability images further by embracing IQA Metal easy one stop national solution.
• Like global warming a few years ago, the drum beat to address e-waste properly,is growing louder every day... on a local, national and international basis. There is no denying or ignoring the electronic waste crisis anymore.
• Faced with costly clean-ups, looming health concerns and growing climate-change- induced public awareness of the planet's fragility, more states are mandating e-recycling. Eventually all states should have an electronic waste ban.
• This trend creates new opportunities for nationally positioned electronic recyclers, such as Electronic Recyclers International, as well as those companies that are involved in the recovery and refining of base metals.
Electronic Recycling is equivalent to Urban Mining at a low cost.
We are quickly reaching the limits of many of the natural resources required to build our 21st century gadgets.
· Demand is outstripping Supply
Virgin Materials are significantly more costly than recycled materials for manufacturing.
· Demand for recycling materials is expanding with global growth in emerging markets
E-waste contains a large amount of rare and increasingly difficult to replace metals:
Aside from re-purposing rare materials, there is the embedded energy content to consider.
In the face of rising energy prices legislators understand we cannot continue to throw our electronic waste stream away which contains a toxic substance and high energy value.
Energy Conservation Benefits
Significant Energy Savings Recycling of electronic waste conserves a tremendous amount of energy.
Recycling these materials also reduces emissions of pollutants that can cause smog, acid rain and the contamination of waterways.
For example, the smelting of bauxite ore to make aluminum requires 20 times more energy than melting down and reusing the aluminum scrap.