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147Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is an ethical framework which suggests that an entity; be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. Social responsibility is a duty every individual has to perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystems.

Don’t Just ‘Build Products’—
Feel Good About Building Products and Do Something About the Causes You Care About:

At Sonic Manufacturing, we have a proud history of Social Responsibility in being a nationally recognized manufacturer participating in the ecosystem of the Silicon Valley and heavily invested in the local community:

Nation

  • Made-in-America Manufacturing
  • Competitive Globally
  • Shortest Supply Chain to the US Market in both Miles (Oil) and Days (Market, Inventory)
  • Featured Periodically as an Example of ‘Reshoring’ and ‘Nearshoring’

Silicon Valley

  • Legendary for Incubator & Startup Synergy
  • Production for many of the Silicon Valley “Top 50”
  • Launching more Prototypes and New Products (NPI) for Engineering Teams than Anyone
  • Supporting University Operations & Engineering Programs (Santa Clara, Stanford)

Community

  • Over 350 Manufacturing & Professional Jobs
  • Multicultural Workforce Representing over 6 Major Countries & Languages
  • Local Business with Significant Commerce in the Local Economy
  • Growing and Profitable Since 1998

Environment

  • Lead-Free Manufacturing Processes (RoHS)
  • EU ‘REACH’ Environmentally Compliant
  • Conflict Mineral Free Sourcing
  • Closed-Loop Filtering and Recycling of Water Processes
  • Solar Installation in Parking Lot Completed
  • Solar Roof and Parking Lot Now Powering 100% of Facility
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting
  • Recyclable/Reusable Product Packaging Options
  • Proper Recycling and Disposal of E-Waste
  • Cardboard, Paper and Plastic Recycling

Company

  • Local Management Owned and Operated
  • OSHA Compliant Facility for Health & Safety
  • Operated within US/California Business, Environmental and Labor Laws

Employee

  • Full-Time Employment with Benefits (>95%)
  • Pro-Family: Paid Holidays, Paid Time-Off Days and Leave of Absence Policies
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Support
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Highly-Skilled, Stable Workforce with Turnover of Less Than 2% Annually

“To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” –President Woodrow Wilson

“We face a choice between a society where people accept modest sacrifices for a common good or a more contentious society where groups selfishly protect their own benefits.” – Robert J. Samuelson, Journalist

Conflict Minerals Policy Statement

On July 21, 2010, the “Dodd‐Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” was signed into law. The Dodd-Frank Act and related U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules require certain publicly traded companies to disclose the extent to which the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain so‐called “conflict minerals” sourced from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or adjoining countries. Conflict minerals include tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, which are used in many electronic components and assemblies.

As an electronics manufacturing services provider (EMS), Sonic promotes the traceability of these minerals and the transparency of the supply chain. Sonic believes that its customers should be fully informed about the components they have specified for use. While Sonic, as an EMS service provider, is not able to certify as to the country of origin of the minerals contained in the components specified by the customer, Sonic is committed to working with its customers to supply products that meet customer AVL and drawing requirements.

With respect to those limited aspects of Sonics’ business where Sonic has sole discretion to determine process chemistry or to fabricate components that may contain conflict minerals, Sonic will not knowingly purchase products that contain conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries. Sonic expects its suppliers of these items to only source minerals from responsible sources.

Sonic fully understands the importance of this issue to its customers, and is committed to supply chain initiatives and overall corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts that work towards a conflict-free supply chain. We are encouraging all of our suppliers to likewise support these efforts and make information on the origin of their product components easily accessible on their websites. Sonic is committed to perform due diligence in its review of the choice of suppliers and sourcing decisions.

For additional information on the law, who it applies to, manufacturer certification and practices for compliance and audit, please visit these links: