The manufacturing industry faces plenty of rules and regulations already, but if your company’s plans include exporting to Europe and the Far East, there are a number of environmental standards you need to be aware of.
Complying with these standards—the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Energy Using Products (EuP) — can elevate your company’s performance and make it environmentally friendly even before such practices become law. Although compliance with these rules is not necessary in the United States, other countries—including Canada—are adopting similar measures to protect the environment.
Business consultancy The Aberdeen Group recommends companies take a proactive approach toward compliance with standards. In my last blog, I took a look at some of the benefits of this approach. Best-in-class manufacturers take the following actions in developing their compliance strategies:
· Seek to meet all published standards for current markets and consider meeting or exceeding the strictest global standards in order to enable global sales
· Proactively monitor and assess compliance early in and throughout the product lifecycle, embedding compliance processes into conceptual designs and new product development processes
· Seek more detailed product composition from suppliers, and, in turn, target the ability to provide more detailed product disclosures to customers as needed.
· Audit content in addition to designing for compliance to address potential variability and data inaccuracy in supply chains
· Standardize and centralize compliance processes and organizations, leveraging experience and expertise across the enterprise
· Automate compliance processes with a compliance infrastructure for repeatability and sustainability
Once your company meets the required standards, post the information in (or on) your factory; reception area, advertisements and Website. It’ll make a difference to current and potential customers.