At the center of our global economy and society lies an incredible network, one we use to connect to each other, make transactions, spread information, and power our businesses and societies. F5 products sit squarely in the heart of that network, facilitating and accelerating people’s ability to use the massive potential of the web. It only makes sense, then, that the heart of that network should be driven by principles–an ethical core upon which we all depend.
To guide our contributions to that ethical heart of the data center, F5 engages its network in corporate social responsibility efforts. We call it our CSR web, and it’s woven of three core components:
We believe everyone throughout our value chain is entitled to safe ethical, and healthy living and working environments, and we work with our stakeholders to promote these values.
We are committed to delivering environmentally friendly, long lasting products and protecting the environment throughout our operations and supply chain.
We work to deliver value to our shareholders, customers, and business partners through ethical business practices and continuously innovative solutions.
Just as any strong network needs maintenance and periodic upgrades to work properly, our ability to make the F5 CSR web stronger and more complete lies in ongoing activities at four F5 strategic points of control. These represent critical ways in which we take action within and across the components of our CSR web, and they guide us in our journey toward excellence in corporate responsibility and sustainability.
We recognize that F5 is part of a complex network of people, businesses, and resources. We actively engage with our suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders to ensure that our CSR and compliance efforts are as successful as possible. By working with these four strategic points of control in the three key component areas, we can engage all of our stakeholders to build a network of responsible businesses working towards safe, ethical, and healthy working environments throughout our value chain.
As part of our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, F5 is committed to business practices that preserve the environment upon which our society and economy depend. In addition to meeting all legal and compliance guidelines, we work with four strategic points of control to ensure our company and products are living up to the high environmental standards of F5, our customers and our stakeholders:
By striving to better our performance in each of these areas, F5 works continuously to improve our business and the communities in which we operate. Our goals are not static, and our four strategic areas guide us towards a moving target of corporate excellence.
The Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) included provisions requiring public companies to conduct due diligence and make certain disclosures regarding use, if any, of the following “conflict minerals” originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The Dodd-Frank Act found that the exploitation and trade of these conflict minerals were helping to finance extreme levels of violence and contributing to an emergency humanitarian situation in that region. These conflict minerals are frequently used in the manufacture of certain electronic products. We support industry efforts to move toward a conflict mineral-free electronics supply chain. We are working closely with our contract manufacturers and key suppliers to examine the supply chain for our products and identify components, if any, which may contain conflict minerals. Our goal will be to ensure and verify that these components do not come from implicated conflict mineral zones.
2013 Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report
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F5 Networks believes all people are entitled to free, safe, and healthy living and working environments. This commitment not only includes our own employees and the communities in which we operate, but also those of our suppliers, business partners and customers.
F5 works with our suppliers and business partners to ensure their employees have safe working conditions, fair pay, and that our supply chain is free of forced, bonded, and child labor. We ask our business partners to cascade similar social and environmental responsibility requirements to their suppliers. F5 does not tolerate the use of forced, bonded or child labor anywhere in our supply chain.
F5 has taken the following steps to ensure our supply chain is free of human trafficking and slave labor.
The electronics industry has always been fast paced, and adoption of socially responsible and green technologies is no different. As we further develop our programs, we will continue to work with our partners to adopt robust socially responsible practices.
We first started reporting comprehensive energy use and carbon emissions from company operations in 2011. The first audit covered emissions and energy use at our Seattle, WA headquarters, as well as carbon emissions associated with corporate air travel. We are working to expand this to be a global audit within the next 2 years. In addition, we will expand our reporting on relevant scope three emissions.
We have set a goal to reduce energy use in the Seattle offices by 20% by 2015 (compared to our 2010 baseline).
For more detailed information please refer to the 2012 CSR Report or contact
F5 strives to deliver high quality products throughout global markets. In order to do this, F5 has simplified product design and manufacturing to meet the highest guidelines for environmental and social compliance. All F5 products meet restricted substance guidelines in European and Chinese RoHS legislation, and are compliant with applicable substance restriction directives.
Read the Guidelines and Policies: Export Compliance
F5 Networks, Inc certifies that all currently shipping, CE marked products are in conformity with Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS Recast) on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
F5 claims the following exemptions for current equipment:
6a: Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanized steel containing up to 0,35% lead by weight
6b: Lead as an alloying element in aluminum containing up to 0,4% lead by weight
6c: Copper alloy containing up to 4% lead by weight
7a: Lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead- based alloys containing 85% by weight or more lead)
7b: Lead in solders for servers, storage and storage array systems, network infrastructure equipment for switching, signaling, transmission, and network management for telecommunications
7c-I: Electrical and electronic components containing lead in a glass or ceramic other than dielectric ceramic in capacitors, e.g. piezoelectronic devices, or in a glass or ceramic matrix compound
7c-II: Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of 125 V AC or 250 V DC or higher
7c-IV: Lead in PZT based dielectric ceramic materials for capacitors being part of integrated circuits or discrete semiconductors (Expires 21 July, 2016)
13a: Lead in white glasses used for optical applications
13b: Cadmium and lead in filter glasses and glasses used for reflectance standards
15: Lead in solders to complete a viable electrical connection between semiconductor die and carrier within integrated circuit flip chip packages
This list reflects currently claimed exemptions; some products have used additional exemptions in the past. F5 works with our suppliers and manufacturing partners to ensure expiring exemptions are phased out prior to the sunset date.
Since 2005, F5 products have been compliant with the EU RoHS directive 2002/95/EC, and now with 2011/65/EU. Because of the growing number of countries with similar laws, F5 has chosen to build all products to meet the most stringent substance restriction standards.
F5 Networks includes a Hazardous Substance Table in English and Chinese with each product.
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Spurred by the amount of electronic waste resulting from our increasing use of electronic products, many countries have implemented extended producer responsibility obligations for electronics companies. F5 is committed to complying with these guidelines, and carrying the spirit of these obligations into other markets. Along with ongoing surveillance of regulatory updates, F5 periodically audits our WEEE compliance program to ensure we are compliant in all applicable jurisdictions. We believe, as stewards of the environment, that it is important to ensure our products are properly managed at their end of life. Please see the information below relating to your specific regions.
For those locations we do not yet have a recycling scheme in place, we encourage our customers to properly dispose of their F5 products at the end of the products life. Current F5 customers may contact their sales representative to inquire about possible upgrade trade-in programs as well.
The WEEE directive of 2006 requires companies to provide for the proper recycling of electrical and electronic products. Due to the country-by-country differences in the legislation, F5 has registered as a producer in the following markets. For all other EU markets, please contact your distributor.
F5 has financed for the recycling of products sold into the following jurisdictions. It is the responsibility of the customer to properly dispose of packaging and transport F5 products to authorized collection points at the end of the products life.
Sims Recycling Solutions NV
Europark Noord 32
B-9100 Sint Niklaas
5652 CV Eindhoven
Pasilanraitio 9 B
Carretera Bv-1223, 08254
el Pont de Vilomara, Spain
9 Avenue des Mondaults
Kuusakoski Sverige AB
931 36 Skellefteå
Tel. 0910 71 17 70
Fax. 0910 71 17 76
ALBA Wertstoffmanagement GmbH
16727 Velten, Germany
Biffa Waste Services
Coronation Road, High Wycombe
Cappincur Industrial Estate,
Daingean Road Tullamore,
County Offaly Ireland
1751 BUDAPEST PF.324.
Tel: +36 1 278-5130
Fax: +36 1 425 1732
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F5 Networks is a registered producer in British Columbia as part of the EPRA E-waste program. We have not yet registered in other provinces, but will be doing so as they roll out the reporting platforms for the product categories relevant to F5.
Electronics recycling laws in the US vary state by state. No producer registration schemes are yet in place for corporate networking products. F5 encourages our customers to deliver waste equipment to proper recyclers. For a list of recyclers, please see the E-Stewards list. F5 does not endorse any recycler in the US.
For all other countries, please contact your distributor.
F5 is not currently a registered WEEE producer in Australia, as our imports are below the de-minimus threshold. Please contact your F5 sales office to discuss upgrade and trade-in offers, or your distributor for proper recycling information.
F5 India relies on our distribution partners for import of products to the Indian Market. The structure of the Indian WEEE system is such that those partners are then responsible for providing for the recycling of F5 products. Please contact your distributor for more information.
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F5 products are imported as articles, as classified under the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals legislation. We do not have any Substances of Very High Concern above the .1% reportable level in our products.
We are working with our suppliers as the legislation changes to ensure any substances added to the list are not present in our products as well. We are also working within our supply chain to gather more comprehensive material content data, which will allow F5 to verify compliance with any new substance restrictions, and quickly address any necessary changes.
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There are many sources of halogens in electronic products, from bromine in flame retardants and chlorine in plastics to various other halogens from glass, wetting and curing agents, and other applications. Given the broad application of these products, and the diversity of functions they serve, F5 products are not currently halogen free. All F5 products do comply with RoHS and other toxics laws, and do not use PBDE and PBB accordingly.
F5 Networks is aware the use of halogens, particularly in certain chemical preparations, is of concern for human and environmental health. While we do not have specific plans to phase out these substances in non-restricted applications, we are currently working in several areas to develop a plan:
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