Reducing the impact National Instruments has on the environment begins with its supply chain and product design. NI looks for opportunities to improve product development and manufacturing processes, including packaging design. NI also strives to remove harmful substances from existing products and prohibits the introduction of known harmful substances into new products. In addition, through a product recycling program, customers can send their old NI products back to be recycled.
Reduced the materials used in shipping kits for a large-volume hardware product line an average of 40%
Developed a metric to evaluate suppliers’ performance in the area of corporate responsibility
Optimized the inventory process at NI Hungary for an annual savings of 64 tonnes of waste
Efforts to open the NI Penang branch took resources away from planned improvement projects at other NI locations
Seek ISO 14001 certification for the newest NI manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia
Evaluate corporate responsibility performance of suppliers with supplier scorecards and quarterly business reviews
Reduce polyurethane foam used in packaging by 5% per unit
Logistics Coordinator, Procurement at National Instruments Hungary
In 2012, two fellow employees approached Tibor Nagy with ideas for improving efficiency as well as decreasing the cost and carbon footprint of shipments. Tibor worked with another colleague to form a team to investigate the ideas. The team quantified the impact of the proposed changes, presented the information to get approval, and implemented the changes. As just one example, the team streamlined the packing slips and invoices included with shipments, which reduced the paper used by 86 percent.