Trade and Environmental Compliance
Commitment to our Customers
Sumitomo is committed to complying with US export laws and regulations keeping our customers throughout the world safe.
As part of our commitment, we have a new policy to enable our mutually beneficial trade relationships to grow internationally.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Sumitomo Machinery of America has high standards for its own business practices and also expects the same from our suppliers. Therefore, all suppliers that maintain contracts with Sumitomo are required to comply with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act from 2010 which prohibits any type of forced, bonded, or indentured labor as well as against subjecting workings to any form of compulsion, coercion, or human trafficking. All work must be voluntary and workers shall be free to leave work or terminate their employment with reasonable notice. Child labor is strictly prohibited. Assessment in findings such as the presence of child labor or coerced labor may result in the immediate termination of business relationships with suppliers.
The SHI Group's Basic Policy on Conflict Minerals Mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Adjoining Countries
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, armed groups are forcing local residents to mine tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (hereinafter referred to as "Conflict Minerals") and are using the mined minerals to fund their activities. Moreover, the systematic violence against local residents is gaining international attention and condemnation.
As part of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was enacted in July 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 22, 2012 adopted the "Rule for Disclosing the Use of Conflict Minerals." As a result, any SEC-regulated company is required to submit a report on the use of Conflict Minerals in their products to SEC on an annual basis.
As part of SHI's commitment to global social responsibilities, SHI has made it a policy not to become involved in the procurement of Conflict Minerals. In accordance with this policy, SHI is in the process of deliberating and implementing systems and measures to ensure that these objectives are met Furthermore, our trading partners will be informed of this policy and be required to support this global initiative.
Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH)
REACH is a European Union regulation implemented in 2007. It requires companies to register chemicals that are imported or manufactured in quantities of one metric ton or more. Sumitomo does not manufacture chemicals or import into the European Union sufficient quantities of chemicals that require registration.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS and RoHS2)
The RoHS Directive first adopted in 2003 and subsequently amended in 2013 and 2015 restricts the use of hazardous materials primarily used in electrical equipment or coatings.
Sumitomo can special order RoHS-compliant products. Products assembled from domestic stock may or may not be in compliance. Please consult the factory for a quotation.
Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (California Proposition 65)
Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a California ballot initiative in November 1986. The proposition protects the state's drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals.
Sumitomo does not produce and or manufacture a product that is for the intent of consumable use as defined by said Proposition 65. SMA products are produced with the intent of supporting the production of other non-consumable-based industrial equipment. Sumitomo products do not produce waste discharges that could affect drinking water or that could take the form of pesticides that could affect agriculture. As such, Sumitomo is not required by California Law to present any labeling on products produced in or produced for use in the state of California.
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
The TSCA was implemented in 1976 to protect the public from health and environmental risks by regulating the manufacture and sale of chemicals. Effective February 5, 2021 under Section 6 (h) of the TSCA the Environmental Protection Agency enforced regulations restricting the commercial distribution in the United States five persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic substances. The substances are not present in the catalog standard product for Cyclo, Hyponic, Bevel Buddy Box, Helical Buddy Box, precision products, and Astero
Sumitomo gearmotors conform to the UKCA policy and will add the mark to any nameplate when requested.