Operations and Product Recycling

National Instruments works with suppliers who are equally invested in being responsible corporate citizens. NI also complies with international standards that regulate environmental management and manufacturing operations.

Supplier Requirements

To set expectations with suppliers, NI requires the following from suppliers:

  • Compliance with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct for the fair treatment of workers, a healthy and safe work environment, the protection of the environment, and outstanding business ethics. Suppliers agree to the NI Supplier Code of Conduct, established in 2008, as an acknowledgement of this commitment. Of the total supplier base, 65 percent has agreed to the Code of Conduct.
  • Participation in the NI supplier assessment. NI sends this assessment to all new suppliers in the global NI supply base to ensure suppliers comply with key initiatives such as RoHS, REACH, the Conflict Minerals Trade Act, and the NI Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • Completion of a risk assessment survey. NI tracks supplier performance in this area and others with a supplier scorecard as well as quarterly business reviews.

Manufacturing Operations

The following environmental policy covering manufacturing operations was approved by the NI Board of Directors and adopted in 1994: National Instruments manufacturing operations is committed to maintaining an environmental management system that complies with all applicable legal environmental regulations and requirements, prevents pollution, and continually improves environmental performance through regular reviews of environmental goals, objectives, and targets.

Two of the three NI manufacturing facilities—one in Austin, Texas, and one in Debrecen, Hungary—are certified to ISO 14001, which is a series of international standards covering environmental aspects that the organization controls and can influence. In 2013, NI will seek certification for its newest manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia. NI manufacturing facilities in Austin and Penang are also working toward conformance with the OHSAS 18001 standard, which helps companies control occupational health and safety risks.

Manufacturing Site Environmental Permits and Registrations

US Federal

EPA Waste Registration

State of Texas

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Air Permit Exemption

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Industrial and Hazardous Waste Registration

City of Austin

City of Austin Wastewater Permit

Hazardous Materials Ordinance Permit

Hungarian Ministry

For information about waste registration, contact Timea Szucs, 9001 36 52 4600, at NI Hungary.

Hungarian Regional

Air Emissions Permit

Wastewater Permit

Malaysia (Penang)

Air Emission Permits

Air Emission Permits

Air Emission Permits

Air Emission Permits

Product Take-Back Program and Recycling

NI meets worldwide take-back requirements for the products it sells, including requirements such as European Union directives on waste electrical and electronic equipment as well as battery recycling. NI keeps up with this rapidly evolving area of legislation with its take-back program and carefully monitors regional legislation.

Two of the three NI manufacturing facilities—one in Austin, Texas, and one in Debrecen, Hungary—are certified to ISO 14001.