At Western Digital, we recognize the need to preserve and protect the earth's vital natural resources. We believe that part of being a good corporate citizen and a good neighbor is maintaining or improving the cleanliness of the air, water and land of the locations in which we operate. We are committed to complying with applicable environmental laws and regulations and we regularly review our operations and processes to identify opportunities to improve our resource use and enhance the quality of the environment.
Western Digital maintains an integrated corporate quality, environmental, health and safety policy and we have established procedures to promote sustainability and reduce the release of pollutants into the environment. Our policy expresses a commitment to continued improvement, and to this end, we review the status of our environmental management systems at least annually.
We have environmental specialists who monitor our manufacturing facilities and we provide training programs on environmental practices for employees whose job duties impact our environmental management systems. In addition, we communicate to employees the requirements and responsibilities for environmental practices in accordance with our Company policy.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Global climate change, caused by increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, is one of the most significant concerns facing our world today. As a corporate citizen, Western Digital is particularly sensitive to the effects of global climate change. The need to understand the science of climate change and to formulate appropriate policy to address scientific findings is intensifying. As an environmentally responsible company, Western Digital is committed to doing our part to contribute to this global effort. To view Western Digital's Environmental Report, click here.
Q&A for Environmental and Hazardous Materials
Q. Does Western Digital have management representatives responsible for assuring compliance with respect to environmental laws, regulations and codes?
A. Yes. Western Digital has management representatives who are responsible for monitoring, communicating and training employees in environmental compliance.
Q. Do Western Digital's facilities receive periodic audits of environmental practices in order to assess conformance with regulatory and other requirements?
A. Yes. Western Digital conducts both internal and external audits to evaluate its compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations.
Q. What types of policies, rules or procedures does Western Digital maintain relative to environmental programs?
A. Western Digital maintains environmental policies, procedures, and instructions that address a variety of environmental matters, including permitting, pollution prevention, hazardous substances, liquid waste, solid waste, and air emission controls. These policies and procedures are communicated to employees in various formats (including in-person training, web-based training, communications, postings, etc.) and are available in various languages.
Q. Is Western Digital required to maintain certain environmental permits in the operations of its facilities?
A. Yes. Western Digital is required to maintain certain environmental permits as related to the operations of its facilities. Based on the geography and the operations, permits may be required for chemical handling and storage, waste treatment, wastewater discharge, air emissions and storage tanks.
Q. Does Western Digital make available Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to workers that handle chemicals?
A. Yes. Western Digital makes SDS sheets available to employees.
Q. Does Western Digital comply with any recognized health and safety or environmental management standards?
A. Yes. Western Digital actively pursues industry-recognized certifications that provide globally accepted indicators reinforcing that our products and performance consistently meet high standards, including customer expectations and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
Q. Does Western Digital have programs or procedures to reduce or eliminate pollution and waste in its operations?
A. Yes. Western Digital is always looking for ways to eliminate or reduce pollution or waste generated by our operations. We maintain a quality, environmental, health and safety policy and we have established procedures to promote sustainability and reduce the release of pollutants from our operations.
Q. Does Western Digital have programs or procedures to reduce the use of energy, water and other natural resources in its operations?
A. Yes. Western Digital maintains a quality, environmental, health and safety policy and we regularly review our operations and processes to identify opportunities to improve our resource use and enhance the quality of the environment.
Q. Does Western Digital use hazardous materials in its manufacturing process?
A. Yes. Western Digital utilizes a variety of hazardous materials in its manufacturing operations. Classifications of hazardous materials include flammables, combustibles, corrosives and toxic gases.
Q. How does Western Digital store chemicals at its facilities?
A. Western Digital stores all hazardous materials in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Q. Does Western Digital generate hazardous waste?
A. Yes. Western Digital generates various types and quantities of hazardous wastes. Hazardous waste is disposed of in compliance with applicable law, and we regularly audit our hazardous waste haulers and their facilities.
Q. Does Western Digital have a program or procedures for the management of hazardous waste?
A. Yes. Western Digital has programs and procedures for the management of its hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is managed and disposed of in compliance with applicable law.