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Innovation On the road or around the home, in intimate theaters, lively nightclubs or action-packed stadiums, delivering the best experience to consumers takes one thing above all else — innovation.

Innovation isn’t limited to our products. Achieving our goals of reducing energy usage, protecting the environment and conserving precious natural resources takes fresh thinking, novel solutions and a pioneering spirit at every level.

Our approach

HARMAN’s approach to state-of-the-art product development is in perfect harmony with our sustainability initiatives. The end result? The creation of products that are simpler, safer and more efficient in operation, along with the purposeful use of lighter and better-performing materials.

HARMAN’s people, products and ideas are the keys to driving change. As the industry evolves, our customers’ needs are constantly changing. They not only demand uncompromising performance from the products they buy, but they want to know that the companies they do business with have an unwavering commitment to protecting natural resources. We proactively address the concerns of our customers, consumers and stakeholders by incorporating policies and practices into our business that are environmentally conscious and promote health and safety.

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Our product design

Our goal is to develop and deliver innovations that benefit society, consumers and the evolving needs of customers in a lower-carbon world economy. Every step of the development process represents the next step in our sustainability evolution.

On the road

Our OEM customers have already made impressive advances in reducing vehicle weight and power consumption, while incorporating new engine and drive train technologies to further improve fuel efficiency. We are committed to supporting these efforts with complementary HARMAN technologies that save energy, reduce carbon emissions and further contribute to slowing the rate of climate change.

In our facilities

Our businesses have developed new packaging designs that dramatically reduce the amount of material consumed and ultimately disposed. We’ve consolidated manufacturing sites to be closer to key customers, saving transportation costs, fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling and reuse programs are also in place across HARMAN facilities worldwide. These business decisions have targeted the carbon emissions generated not only in manufacturing, but throughout the product life cycle. We’ve greatly improved our energy and emissions data collection capabilities over the past few years, and in FY2015, launched our new data information management system, which we will continue to implement through FY2017.

In the home

In our Luxury Group, Mark Levinson® amplifiers, as well as the Lexicon® DD-8 multi-room amplifier and the JBL® Synthesis® SDA series multichannel amplifiers all meet or exceed worldwide regulations, including the EuP Directive 2005/32/EC, which calls for 0.5W or less of power consumption in standby. The new generation of Mark Levinson amplifiers offers three standby modes, so owners can tailor the power consumption-versus-startup-time tradeoff optimally for their needs. New Mark Levinson products, including the No 519 streaming audio player, consume less than 0.5w of power in Green Standby mode, which is factory enabled on all. In addition, we Forest Stewardship Council certified materials in our Revel Performa3, Ultima2, JBL Everest and K2 speaker enclosures.

HARMAN works to continuously improve the environmental footprint of our products without compromising our best-in-class standards. We strictly abide by international, federal state and local laws and regulations, including those governing the use, discharge and disposal of hazardous materials and, increasingly, the recycling of our products and packaging.

In the European Union we comply with:

  • The European Commission Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive
  • The European Commission Directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS)
  • The European Commission Energy Efficiency Directive

In the United States, we comply with all energy efficiency standards that were established under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

In China, we comply with the law on Management Methods on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products (China RoHS).

In India, we will comply with E-Waste (Management) Rules.

When selecting materials and suppliers for our products, HARMAN is committed to increasing transparency in order to identify the sources of conflict minerals as accurately as possible and working toward avoiding the use of conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As HARMAN does not source directly from smelters or mines, we are surveying our global supply chain to identify measures being taken by our suppliers to track the source of minerals used in products manufactured at their facilities. It is our expectation that our suppliers will adopt policies and procedures with respect to conflict minerals that will enable us to reasonably assure products supplied to HARMAN are conflict-free (i.e., do not directly or indirectly finance conflict in the DRC). HARMAN will continue to evaluate our policies and collaborate with other companies and trade organizations to share information and approaches that aid with rule compliance, while applying the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) due diligence process as part of our compliance effort.

For more information, visit our Conflict Minerals Policy Statement.