We counsel on the full range of environmental and sustainability challenges facing the electronics industry.
Beveridge & Diamond represents information technology (IT) clients—including electronics manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, data center operators, telecommunications service providers, and industry trade associations—on the full spectrum of environmental compliance, market access, supply chain, and enforcement matters. We help companies develop and launch new products and services in the U.S. and in key markets worldwide.
We provide compliance and business-planning advice across the full life-cycle of electronic products to ensure market access while mitigating business disruption and reputational risks. We advise on the sourcing of raw materials, product design, manufacturing, supply chain communication, distribution, and end-of-life management.
We advise on all aspects of material restrictions (including Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)) in the EU, U.S., China and other countries. We advise on responses to non-compliance and on issues unique to emerging wearable technology, including skin contact, safety, and medical device restrictions.
We help establish corporate policies and due diligence programs to drive responsible sourcing and supply chain standards. We assist clients with supply chain inquiries and disclosures pursuant to the SEC conflict minerals rule and expected obligations under the EU conflict minerals regulation, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, and the UK Modern Slavery Act. We also advise on federal procurement issues, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) anti-trafficking provisions.
We help clients implement local, national, and international product take-back and recycling programs for electronic products and supplies to ensure compliance with waste, electrical, and electronic equipment (WEEE) legislation, hazardous waste laws, and dangerous goods rules.
We advise on legal and policy initiatives shaping the move toward a more circular economy. Our work includes representing the U.S. electronics industry in negotiations under the global Basel Convention on the transboundary movement of hazardous waste and within the OECD on the classification and control of used electrical and electronic equipment managed for reuse, repair and materials recycling. We regularly assist companies with national requirements governing the international shipment of electronic products for repair, refurbishment and recycling.
We advise clients on state, federal and international energy efficiency mandates, including performance, testing, reporting, certification and labeling requirements, conformance with ENERGY STAR® specifications, and partnership requirements. We also defend against disqualification and delisting efforts.
We design and implement strategies for world-wide product recalls of electronic products, lithium batteries, and toys, including advising on the transport and proper disposition of collected products.
We advise on sustainability and CSR initiatives, including the development and publication of CSR reports, setting and meeting corporate goals on sustainability, and preparing submissions to benchmarking and rankings organizations such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
We advise on proposed legislation and rulemakings and help shape future environmental requirements in the U.S. and in key markets world-wide. We have helped clients shape the development of EPA rules, California’s energy efficiency standards, and EPR measures world-wide.
We address routine and “high stakes” contested matters involving product compliance, Prop 65, and potential liability at contaminated sites. This includes defending clients in civil administrative and criminal agency enforcement actions, citizen suit enforcement defense, and resolving large-scale property damage and personal injury toxic tort claims.