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Obligation to Maintain a Good Reputation
To be viewed as a good environmental corporate citizen internally and by others, Alaxala cleaves to business practices intended to minimize environmental impact. Environmentally sound products are only the start; we also seek to reduce the environmental impact of our day-to-day business activities. These efforts are supported company-wide, from the president on down to each employee, as we follow the directives of environmental management representatives serving on the company's environmental committee to maintain a constant cycle of improvement.
Alaxala Networks engages in development, production, maintenance, support, and other services related to network products, including the routers and LAN switches, that support the social infrastructure. Our environmentally sound business activities return value to society in various ways.
To this end, as we seek continuing improvements in our environmental management systems, we strive to advance environmental protection and pollution prevention in our product supply and services and in other corporate activities.
President and CEO
Alaxala Networks Corporation
April 1, 2011
All Alaxala Networks products*1 comply with the RoHS Directive*2 (enacted in July 2006). We have established a framework for excluding potentially hazardous substances at each production stage. We implement training to identify the scope of impact and enact coordinated responses throughout the supply chain to respond to any accidental release of such substances. In IT systems, environmental awareness and energy-efficient environmental technologies are important topics. Alaxala took the initiative in green IT early on through our pioneering technologies, and we are proud to have set an international example as a company with worldwide business ambitions.
These preoccupations are clearly visible in both our development of energy-efficient products (through higher performance and new technologies) and dynamic power-saving systems. As network traffic continues to grow, the AX series introduced advanced technologies to achieve energy efficiency and help systems reduce power consumption. Power is supplied to system components that need it, when they need it, while power to other components is ramped down or suspended. This dynamic power-saving approach minimizes energy waste and offers a new, more refined solution for energy efficiency, as the world unites to address wastefulness (related to the Japanese concept of mottainai).
To date, network devices have been designed as a matter of course for constant, full-capacity operation. This system cuts energy consumption significantly when traffic slows, late at night, and on holidays (periods that account for more than six months of the year).
As traffic continues to increase across networks as a whole, the AX series will introduce advanced technology for energy efficiency, helping systems save power.
Participating in the nationwide Challenge 25 Campaign, Alaxala establishes practices that help curb climate change and reduce CO2 emissions. In particular, specific action plans have been established based on the following four perspectives:
Leveraging Japan's core competency of technical expertise in manufacturing, the environment, and energy efficiency, the council is working to transform many aspects of the economy, society, and consumer lifestyles. The council also works to achieve energy-saving gains in and by means of information technology. Alaxala is a member of the Green IT Promotion Council.
Wangari Maathai, the first person to win a Nobel Peace Prize in part for environmental achievements, is a Kenyan woman for whom the Japanese expression mottainai struck a chord. Advocating the adoption of mottainai worldwide, this internationally-oriented campaign seeks to foster sustainable, recycling-based societies. Alaxala supports this campaign.