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Environment and Society

Environment

Polar Electro holds strict control over its operations and pays attention to the environmental aspects and impacts of its products throughout the product’s life cycle from development and manufacturing to delivery and customer care. Environmental issues are included into the process already at the early stages of new product development and material supplier selection. Majority of the products are manufactured in Polar’s own factories and the main suppliers are situated within a close distance in order to minimise transportation. The supply chain from key material suppliers to retailers is carefully managed by Polar Electro in order to ensure that environmental aspects are taken into account.

Polar Electro continuously develops its materials and production processes in order to reduce scrap and waste. This also ensures that the products are manufactured using materials which are safe for people and the environment. Recycling of the materials is handled by approved recycling companies and communities. Consumers can return their old Polar products to any Polar Electro repair centres or retailers within the EU.

Polar Electro complies with all legal and regulatory requirements valid in the countries of operation (e.g. RoHS, WEEE, China RoHS, Packing, Battery & Accumulator and REACH environmental directives). Polar Electro voluntarily declares the environmental product attributes in accordance with the international ECMA-370 standard.

Polar Electro Social Accountability Policy

Polar Electro requires high ethical workplace standards in all locations where we operate. Polar Electro is a global company and therefore the social accountability principles are reviewed regularly to meet the regulations and agreements as specified in each country.

Polar social accountability principles

we prohibit the use of child labour or forced labour, we arrange all legally mandated benefits for employees, we ensure safe working conditions, we do not discriminate in recruitment and employment practices, we support equal employment opportunity, we are committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, and we ensure compliance with local working hour and compensation laws.

Polar Electro requires that its first tier material suppliers adhere to the same requirements. Moreover, we also request that first tier suppliers seek the same commitment from their respective suppliers.

WEEE

The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations aim to maximise the separate collection, reuse and recycling of WEEE. They apply to all Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) placed on the market in the UK covered by the scope of these Regulations.

Under the UK WEEE Regulations, “Producers” are required to mark all relevant EEE with a “crossed-out wheelie bin” symbol to remind consumers not to discard WEEE in the domestic waste stream. Polar encourages all of its customers to make note of this symbol and avoid putting any WEEE in your domestic waste bin(s) or container(s).

Polar supports the reuse and recycling of WEEE as there are several environmental benefits of doing so, such as: Reduction of raw material and energy usage, prevention of landfill, prevention of hazardous and/or toxic materials present in some WEEE contaminating the environment.

As a Producer under the UK WEEE Regulations, Polar complies with its Producer Obligations by being registered as a Member of the WeeeCare Compliance Scheme and obtaining the WEEE Producer Registration Number – WEE/AB0002ZR

Under the UK WEEE Regulations, “Distributors” are required to provide a “take-back” system which allows customers (end users) the opportunity to return (or “take-back”) their WEEE to a Distributor free of charge, when supplying new EEE on a like-for-like basis.

As a B2C Producer and Distributor under the UK WEEE Regulations, Polar allows for end users of the EEE placed on the market in the UK to return WEEE back to us free of charge on a like-for-like basis for new EEE purchased direct from Polar. Such WEEE can be returned to the following location: Polar Electro (UK) Ltd, Broxell Close, Warwick, CV34 5QF.

Alternatively, there is a network of recycling centres across the UK where consumers of WEEE can also take WEEE free of charge to be discarded, reused and/or recycled. The complete list of locations can be found at: www.recyclenow.com

In addition, if a retailer supplying new EEE from retail premises with a sales area relating to EEE of at least 400m², the retailer must provide for the takeback of very small WEEE free of charge to the end user, who has no obligation to buy EEE of an equivalent type.

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