As one of the world's leading technology innovators, Broadcom actively strives to provide its customers with highly integrated solutions that offer lower power consumption, smaller size and greater energy efficiency while making a conscious effort to reduce each products' overall environmental impact by eliminating or minimizing the use of hazardous chemicals.
Commitment and Accountability
Green by Design
Broadcom and its foundry partners are leveraging today's most advanced lithographic node for manufacturing semiconductors. By designing solutions in 40 nm process technology, Broadcom is able to provide significant environmental benefits over competitive solutions in 65 nm, 90 nm and 130 nm processes by enabling lower power consumption, smaller size and higher yields while providing higher levels of integration that result in fewer components. Additionally, Broadcom supports the current industry initiatives to remove lead (Pb) and other hazardous materials, such as halogens like bromide and chlorine, from all its products. With the depth and breadth of Broadcom's advanced portfolio of market-proven IP, the company is able to drive innovative new products to market while reducing both Broadcom's and its customers' impact on human health and the environment.
Green Technology Leadership
Broadcom is at the forefront of green technology with long-standing corporate programs and initiatives for green products, design, processes, policies, operations and compliance. In addition, Broadcom employees hold leadership roles in numerous organizations focused on green IT and network technologies, including industry groups in which Broadcom engineers have helped define government setting environmental compliance regulations and energy-saving technical standards used throughout the industry.
Broadcom provides the industry's broadest portfolio of Energy Efficient Ethernet devices, going beyond the standard to enable additional power savings of up to 70 percent or more. As a result, Broadcom is a leader in the innovation and delivery of solutions that enable our customers to reduce their carbon footprint while delivering the high performance and functionality needed for the increasing bandwidth demands of cloud computing, virtualization, mobile computing and next-generation networks.
A Greener Connected Home
Broadcom's set-top box technology features integrated dynamic power management capable of managing and shutting down unused system components in real-time for a reduction in overall power requirements in the home. Even in the lowest power modes, Broadcom's set-top box technology can continue to remain aware of network events both in the home and from broadband servers, enabling these Broadcom-based devices to quickly respond to network and user inputs. Additionally, deep sleep modes keep only a small amount of power active to significantly minimize passive standby power consumption.
Broadcom's set-top box technology supports key home networking devices to enable a whole-home connected entertainment environment in the home. By coupling a central video media server set-top box with low power compact client set-top boxes throughout the home, consumers will benefit with reduced energy usage and power savings while also enjoying in-home media distribution services like multi-room DVR. Additionally, all of Broadcom's latest STB designs feature its Full-Band Capture (FBC) digital tuning technology that reduces power consumption by more than 50 percent by directly digitizing the entire 1GHz downstream spectrum, replacing the need for a large number of tuners with only one FBC digital tuner.
Broadcom's newly built headquarters in Irvine's University Research Park (adjacent to the UCI campus) exemplifies the company's continued efforts to reduce its environmental impact, not just with its products, but with the way in which it conducts its business. Designed with the environment in mind, Broadcom's new campus seeks to redefine energy and resource efficiency.
Broadcom's new headquarters were designed with the following environment-friendly features:
- Motion Lighting - Each office is also configured with energy-saving infrared motion detectors, which activate office lighting when people are present and deactivate when they are not.
- Recycling - Broadcom actively encourages its employees to recycle by providing recycling containers throughout common areas of the new campus for materials such as paper, batteries, aluminum cans and plastic bottles.
- Dual Plumbing for Water - Broadcom's new campus is designed with a dual plumbing system that separately allocates for both potable (drinking water) and recycled water. Commended by the Irvine Ranch Water District, and representing the largest conversion ever in the local area, Broadcom has gone "above and beyond" set requirements to reduce costs for both the company and Orange County overall, as the need to import water from the Colorado River and Northern California is dramatically reduced.
Policy & Principles
Environmental Management System (EMS) Policy
Broadcom is committed to reducing its environmental impact while conserving natural resources and it is the company's policy to meet all applicable regulatory standards, including those in support of EPA and OSHA requirements.
Broadcom manages to:
- Create a clean, healthy and safe work environment for employees, customers and the community
- Comply with all applicable environmental, health and safety regulations, including EPA and OSHA standards for emissions, solid waste disposal, safe storage and handling of hazardous materials
- Require supplier certification of environmentally friendly policies and practices through compliance with ISO 14001, OHSAS 18000 or equivalent standards
- Ensure that Broadcom products are available without banned substances and are RoHS compliant
Environmentally Preferred Procurement and Waste ReductionIt is Broadcom's policy to purchase and acquire goods and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment. This comparison takes into consideration raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, disposal, energy efficiency, product performance, durability, safety and cost.
It is also the company's goal to minimize waste, maximize recycling efforts, reduce consumption, and ensure that products and materials are reused, repaired or recycled. As a result, Broadcom minimizes energy consumption while supporting a healthy, productive and comfortable work environment. When feasible, the company purchases ENERGY STAR compliant or more efficient equipment and maintains energy conservation features, and continually reviews energy efficiency procedures and language for developing procurement and service contracts for electronic office equipment. When purchasing equipment, Broadcom evaluates energy and materials efficiency, and strives to reduce toxins that include end-of-life management and direct emissions.
Broadcom supports the current industry initiatives to remove or reduce lead (Pb) and other potentially hazardous materials from all of its products. The company is committed to providing products that satisfy the industry directives and market demands to reduce the potential impact that electronic components have on human health and the environment.
For many years, Pb has been used in many aspects of electronic products and in the manufacturing of electronic products. Recent concerns about the health and environmental impact of Pb used in electronic products has prompted various industry and legislative initiatives targeted towards the reduction of Pb and other materials perceived to be potentially hazardous to human health and the environment. Although the amount of Pb typically used in electronic products is small, its use is pervasive throughout the electronic manufacturing process and the reduction or elimination of Pb has involved significant industry effort. As part of this effort, Broadcom has worked extensively with its suppliers and customers to develop cost-effective Pb-free product solutions that satisfy the appropriate industry initiatives and enable the low-risk integration of these solutions into customer end-products.
Conflict Minerals Policy
Broadcom is committed to ensuring that the materials used in our supply chain are sourced in an ethical and responsible manner. Like others in the semiconductor industry, Broadcom is concerned that minerals mined from troubled regions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjacent countries may be funding violent factions, human rights abuses and environmental damage. Broadcom supports industry efforts to eliminate the use of conflict minerals from the supply chain. As a fabless semiconductor company, Broadcom does not purchase these minerals directly from smelters or mines, but we are collaborating with our direct suppliers to establish programs committed to eliminating the use of conflict minerals from their supply chains.
In 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved a final rule under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("the Dodd-Frank Act") requiring issuers to publicly disclose the use in products of minerals originating in the conflict regions of the DRC and adjoining countries. The minerals currently subject to the disclosure requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act are columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, wolframite and gold, and their derivatives, including tin, tantalum and tungsten. Like all semiconductors, Broadcom's products involve the use of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten. Each of these metals has specific electrical properties that are necessary to the function of integrated circuits. Broadcom is taking steps to fully comply with the legislation and requires its direct suppliers to assist in this effort, whether or not they are subject to the rule.
Broadcom is in the process of implementing a due diligence program that is consistent with the framework promulgated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ("OECD") and its "Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas." We are encouraging our direct suppliers to purchase materials from smelters who are listed on the Conflict-Free Smelter Program Compliant Smelter List and have been certified as conflict-free by an independent auditor through the Conflict-Free Smelter Program administered by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition ("EICC") and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative ("GeSI"). For those minerals lacking a Conflict-Free Smelter Program Compliant Smelter List, we are supporting industry efforts to expand the program and we will encourage our suppliers to move their sourcing of such materials to certified conflict-free sources as smelters become certified.
Beyond the EICC/GeSI reports and in furtherance of industry efforts, Broadcom has required detailed and specific conflict minerals reporting from each of its direct suppliers at in-person periodic business reviews and is working directly and collaboratively with its suppliers to eliminate the use of conflict minerals from the supply chain.