Bittium´s products contain a range of electronic and mechanical components. The company ensures the sustainability of its purchasing chain, for instance, in the form of material and component supplier requirements and material assessments. Bittium maintains a database in which it records all the materials and substances contained in components.
Bittium conforms to sustainable business practices and requires the same of its suppliers. The company´s partners must comply with Bittium´s Code of Conduct as well as the Bittium Supplier Requirements. The Bittium Supplier Quality Manual was updated with details in 2020, and it is available on Bittium´s website. The suppliers are always expected to comply with the latest version of the guidelines.
The suppliers are also audited according to pre-defined criteria. Audits are carried out as a self-assessment based on the Bittium Supplier Requirements or as an audit conducted by Bittium. In 2020, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, audits were mainly carried out as self-assessments.
Employee training is also an important part of ensuring sustainable purchasing. Sustainable purchasing is part of the environmental training package that employees complete independently, using learning materials provided by the company.
Identifying the origin of minerals
Bittium´s products are made using minerals that may also come from countries that violate human rights or cause environmental destruction by mining such minerals. Bittium urges its suppliers to comply with the legislation on conflict minerals and the relevant recommended reporting practices. In this way, it can be ensured that the minerals used in Bittium´s products do not originate from conflict or risk zones.
In practice, the legislation requires sustainable purchasing and transparent supply chains with respect to certain minerals, such as tin, tantalum, wolfram and gold from conflict areas. These minerals are typically used in household goods and their electronic components, such as mobile devices and computers.
In 2020, Bittium did not receive any reports on suspicions concerning minerals from conflict areas.
Avoiding counterfeit materials
Counterfeit materials are any materials whose origin, age, composition, configuration, certification status or other feature is presented falsely and with misleading markings on the material, packaging or container.
Bittium is aware of the risks associated with counterfeit materials, both when purchasing materials as ready-to-use components and when using the previously mentioned raw materials. Bittium is committed to taking the necessary steps to avoid using counterfeit materials in its products. The company has developed a supplier reporting method to avoid the use of counterfeit materials. The procedures address different stages of the purchasing process, starting from the selection of suppliers. The employees are trained to detect counterfeit materials.
No counterfeit materials were found in Bittium´s products in 2020.