Digi-Key Environmental - Conservation, Education & Waste Reduction

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A Message From the President

As a major employer in Northwest Minnesota, Digi-Key has long been aware of its potential impact on our shared resources and, therefore, its responsibility to be a good environmental steward. As Digi-Key continues to grow, our commitment is to minimize the impact of our business on the environment while continuing to provide the best customer service in the industry.

Dave Doherty
President, Digi-Key Corporation

Environmental Policy/Mission Statement

Digi-Key is committed to minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment and to abiding by all applicable and relevant national and international environmental laws and regulations. To accomplish this Digi-Key will maintain an Environmental Management System that will:

  • Include Efforts to Maximize the Efficient Use of Corporate Resources, Prevent Pollution, and Reduce Waste.
  • Increase Environmental Awareness Among Customers, Suppliers, and Employees.
  • Be Fully Supported and Reviewed Annually by Executive Management.
  • Monitor and Assure Compliance to all National and International Laws and Regulations.
  • Identify and Monitor Key Environmental Metrics.
  • Provide Continuous Improvement.

Environmental Letter

RoHS Statement

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Digi-Key Corporation, an authorized distributor, is aware of and supports the European Union’s RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU. As a distributor, we are unable to make any claims of material content of product another company produces.

As of January 1, 2013, products listed as RoHS Compliant in our system are compliant with the RoHS 2011/65/EU Directive, to the best of our knowledge.

Digi-Key Corporation will display RoHS statuses on our website, quotes, pack lists and invoices.

We also offer a RoHS Verification Tool that can be used to obtain the RoHS status of a single or multiple parts.

RoHS Purchase History Reports are also available, which are based on your Digi-Key purchase history for a specific customer record/location.

Digi-Key Corporation distributes a very wide selection of products, including RoHS Compliant and RoHS Non-Compliant.

Customers must take an active role in understanding environmental compliance of product and selecting products accordingly.

RoHS status information supplied by Digi-Key is based solely on information provided to Digi-Key by the manufacturer. Digi-Key is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

For additional information regarding the RoHS2 Directive, please see European Commission website.

Please direct specific questions regarding RoHS2 to RoHS@DigiKey.com

REACH Statement

Digi-Key Corporation, an authorized distributor, is aware of and supports the European Union’s REACH Regulation (EC No 1907/2006). As a distributor, we are unable to make any claims of material content of product another company produces.

We are actively surveying our suppliers to gain awareness of their compliance with the REACH Regulation.

Digi-Key Corporation will display REACH status icons and dates to indicate which SVHC (substance of very high concern) update the product was identified as being compliant. The icons and explanation of the REACH statuses are explained below. A status date alongside the icon will be noted when applicable.

REACH UnaffectedREACH Unaffected – The product and its packaging does not contain any substances of very high concern (SVHCs) as identified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

REACH AffectedREACH Affected – The product does contain a substance of very high concern (SVHC) as identified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and may require consideration prior to ordering this part.

N/A ReachN/A REACH – The product has not yet been classed for REACH status.

Digi-Key Corporation distributes a very wide selection of products, and not all the products we sell have a REACH status at this time.

Customers must take an active role in understanding environmental compliance of product and selecting products accordingly.

REACH status information supplied by Digi-Key is based solely on information provided to Digi-Key by the manufacturer. Digi-Key is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

For additional information regarding the REACH Regulation, please see ECHA website.

Please direct specific questions regarding REACH to RoHS@DigiKey.com

Catalog Reduction

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In April of 2010, Digi-Key Corporation made the decision to cease production of its paper catalog. In 2008, Digi-Key Corporation printed 4.5 million catalogs. At 4.5 lbs. per catalog, this has reduced paper usage by 20,250,000 lbs., and in turn reduced tree consumption by over 172,000 each year. In place of the paper catalog, we now offer our user-friendly Online Catalog. The Online Catalog is updated daily, providing our customers up-to-the-minute access to the latest products available at Digi-Key.

Conflict Minerals Statement

Digi-Key Corporation is aware of Conflict Minerals as defined in "Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as California Senate Bill 861" in our supply chain. "Conflict materials" are defined as using materials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or any adjoining countries (“DRC Countries”) in the manufacture of their products.

"Conflict Minerals" include: 1) columbite-tantalite, also known as coltan (the metal ore from which tantalum is extracted); 2) cassiterite (the metal ore from which tin is extracted); 3) gold; 4) wolframite (the metal ore from which tungsten is extracted); 5) their derivatives; or 6) any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the DRC Countries.

As an authorized distributor, Digi-Key is unable to make any claims of material content of product another company produces or to certify to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition GeSI worksheet or to the Conflict Free Sourcing Conflict Mineral Reporting Template (CMRT).

Please direct specific questions regarding Conflict Minerals to RoHS@digikey.com.

Conflict Mineral Letter

Material Composition Statement

Digi-Key Corporation is an authorized distributor of electronic components. As a distributor we are unable to make any claims of material content of product another company produces.

Examples of Material Composition information include:
  • Full Material Declarations
  • California Proposition 65
  • Rare Earth Elements
  • Halogen
  • Mercury

Please direct specific questions regarding Material Composition to RoHS@DigiKey.com

Smart Packaging/Environmental Packaging

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In 2008, Digi-Key was working to overcome challenges associated with incredible business growth - a great challenge to have, but one that needed to be conquered. One of these challenges was package size. Our most popular box size was a 9"  x 9" x 4". It would typically work for around 65% of our orders, gave great package security strength, and had next to zero claim frequency. There were some apprehensions, however, to whether we could reduce the size again, yet still hold onto package integrity, low claim frequency, and customer satisfaction.

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The answer was yes. Working with our corrugated supplier, we were able to create a box that could be shipped anywhere in the world, still maintained our package integrity, yet was reduced to a dimension of 9" x 9" x 2". This is a multifaceted victory because we were able to increase our package density on our carriers by 40%, while reducing the number of feeder aircraft and trailers required to move the 13,000 packages that we ship per day. As a function of this redesign, we were also able to implement increased recycled material into the boxes, garnering Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification without sacrificing the quality of the box. The biggest victory gained from this reduction was the savings we were able to pass on to all of our customers who require air or international service by reducing typical size from a dim weight factor of 2lbs. down to 1lb.

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Digi-Key also uses a product called Geami for our inner packaging protection. Geami is a sustainable protective packaging solution that is 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable, and is SFI certified, as well.

Both the environment and our customers were winners from this initiative, and Digi-Key will continue to improve our efficiency and environmental awareness.

Green Mug Program

Through Digi-Key's continued efforts to reduce its use of plastic, we have a mug program for new employees. Every employee receives a new mug when they begin their career with Digi-Key. Each break room comes equipped with multiple ice and water machines. Instead of purchasing a bottle of water, employees have the option of filling their mug with either water or coffee without having to use a plastic bottle or disposable cup. With 2,500 employees, this is a significant amount of plastic and Styrofoam that is kept out of landfills.

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