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Environmental Responsibility

 

SEAFREIGHT vs AIRFREIGHT

In late 2019 TAG committed to increase the use of SEAFREIGHT vs AIRFREIGHT - for environmental reasons!

Quick heads-up: Seafreight is obviously cheaper per Kilo but for small shipments (below 1m3) the handling costs and port charges of seafreight often mean Airfreight ends up being cheaper. Plus it’s faster so for high value/low volume products the  reduced transit time for funding can again mean it’s cheaper. 

In late 2019 TAG was around 80% Seafreight vs 20% Airfreight with a very high availability of product in local stock. To maintain that availability we made some tough product rationalisations, increased inventory in our Sydney warehouses, bulked up shipment sizes, and, to maintain a full pipeline of stock in transit, forward ordered 4-6 months ahead.

Currently we’re at around 99% SEAFREIGHT and loving it!

 

 


 

TAG is Aiming High in 2021!

Here’s our list of big picture targets - We’re not sure we’ll achieve them all but we’re going to have a crack.

  1. GO SOLAR: Install Solar Power at TAG HQ with plenty of excess capacity.
  2. CARBON OFFSETTING: Iniatiate a rural land remediation, tree planting, environment renewal project.
  3. E-WASTE: Bring a bigger percentateg of the process in-house with a dedicated re-duction line.

 

 


 

 

 

We’re taking a long, hard look at E-Waste.

Our aim is to minimise impact on our natural environment by increasing the percentage re-cycled and thereby reducing land-fill.

It’s going to be a long and winding road but we’ve made a start and we won’t rest!

Currently with our E-Waste we’re undertaking disassembly and some material separation in house and we’ve partnered with MRI. Between the two of us our E-Waste recycling process includes:

  • Careful disassembly of all products – this means no or very little shredding to maximise resource recovery at its highest value and minimise disposal to landfill
  • Carefully managing resulting waste streams
  • Reclaiming precious metals for reuse
  • Diverting up to 98% of product, by weight, from landfill

Our E-waste collection systems and processes are compliant with:

  • AS/NZS 5377 (Collection, Storage, Transport and Treatment of End-of-Life Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
  • ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems)
  • ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems)
  • AS/NZS 4801 & ISO18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems)

 

 


 

 

Technical Audio Group is a contributing member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO). APCO is a not for profit organisation partnering with government and industry to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australian communities. APCO delivers this model of shared responsibility through the promotion of sustainable packaging activities including sustainable design, recycling initiatives, waste to landfill reduction and circular economy projects. 

TAG aims to minimise its environmental footprint - do more good than harm. TAG is committed to:

  • Using as few resources as possible across our operations
  • Using renewable or recyclable inputs for our operations
  • Influencing our suppliers – of products, business inputs and services – toward shared goals
  • Influencing our customers and our communities toward shared goals

Our FY2021 Packaging Goals Include:

  • 25% of product packaging to have some renewable or recycled content
  • 100% of distribution packaging to be recyclable
  • 100% of distribution packaging to display Recycling Lapel
  • Recycle 70% of solid waste

For more info on APCO please visit https://www.packagingcovenant.org.au/

 

 


Policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking

We support, and respect internationally-declared human rights protections, and strive to fulfill its social responsibilities. Therefore, we never tolerate any forms of modern slavery such as servitude, forced and compulsory labor, bonded and child labor, sexual exploitation, human trafficking and related forms of workplace abuse.

As a globally recognized brand we are committed to ethical working practices and responsible business practices worldwide. We are continuously working to improve our practices and to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. In addition, we expect and require the same from our suppliers, contractors and other business partners.

For more info on Audio-Technica's Policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking please download the following PDF:

Audio-Technica's Policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking (PDF)

 

 


Green Procurement of Products

Under our “management philosophy on the environment,” we intend to promote the manufacture of eco-friendly products together with our suppliers. To that end, we created and issued the first edition of Product Environmental Quality Standards for the audio-technica Group to determine substances whose use and/or inclusion is prohibited or controlled according to the trends in society and laws in June 2006 and have since been promoting green procurement.

We request our suppliers to understand our eco-friendly efforts, promote the establishment, maintenance, and improvement of their environmental management system, and reduce the environmental impacts of their purchased parts and materials according to the Product Environmental Quality Standards for the audio-technica Group.

For substances or their uses which are not clarified in these Environmental Quality Standards but whose use is prohibited or restricted by state or regional environmental laws or regulations, we will comply with those laws or regulations.

For more info on Audio-Technica's Environmental Quality Standards for products please visit the following:

Audio-Technica Environmental Quality Standards for Products (PDF)

Audio-Technica Environmental Conservation Activities

 


 

Our Corporate and Social Responsibility

Allen & Heath and parent company Audiotonix are progressive innovators. We are the largest provider of audio mixing consoles and accessories in the world today.  Our highly talented workforce care about the materials and technologies we use in our designs, and how that affects our customers, our combined environmental footprint and our communities.

For more info please visit https://www.audiotonix.com/responsibility/

 

 


Green Statement

As responsible members of the business community, it is our desire and pledge to leave the environment better than we found it. As consumers of the earth's resources, we consider it our responsibility to reduce and if possible eventually eliminate the environmental impact of our manufacturing processes.

As a matter of policy, QSC complies with all applicable environmental regulations. This includes (but is not limited to) global environmental laws, such as EU RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU), EU WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU), China RoHS, Korean RoHS, U.S. Federal and State Environmental Laws and various resource recycling promotion laws around the world.

 

At QSC we follow the Three R's:

1. REDUCE

The best thing that we can do for the planet is to use less of it. Reduce refers to lessening the amount of items or resources that are consumed, using only the amount that is needed, and looking for alternatives that will lessen our use. This includes purchasing durable, long-lasting goods; products and packaging that are as free of toxins as possible; and redesigning products to use fewer raw materials. QSC uses several different types of source reduction packaging and janitorial supplies. One of our primary goals is to design products that conserve resources and energy while producing more efficient, thinner, and lighter products - without compromising the performance.

 

2. REUSE

When making purchasing decisions, we consider items that are durable and reusable. Extending the life of a product or repurposing an item rather than discarding it is an effective means of reuse. This is considered to be even better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again. By reusing products you can keep operational costs down and do your part to be environmentally friendly. QSC Reuses products such as loosefill material, for cushioning; it requires no maintenance, and reduces inventory space. QSC also has reusable containers that are returned to suppliers for the next delivery.

 

3. RECYCLE

Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources that can be used to make new products. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. It is significantly better than throwing materials away which then get sent to landfills. Recycling also includes buying products with recycled content. In order to make recycling feasible, we must buy recycled products and packaging. By doing so, we create a benefit, both economical and environmental. Purchasing products made from, or packaged in recycled materials saves resources for future generations. As we all know all good things come to an end but before you dump your packaging into a landfill try recycling. For the many materials that cannot be eliminated through source reduction or be as effective this is where recycling comes in. QSC products replaced with newer systems can be retired to other venues or become rental systems. By recycling our package, materials and supplies we minimize the amount of waste generation by recovering and reprocessing usable products.

 

For more info on QSC's Environmental Policy please visit https://www.qsc.com/about-us/green-statement/