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Community & Environment

II-VI reaches out and teams up with local communities to make a difference around the globe with the support of our diverse expertise, resources and time to enhance the communities in which our employees live and work. Our commitment includes:

  • Developing policies and practices that integrate responsible behaviors into daily business operations
  • Protecting the safety and improving the lives of workers and the communities where II-VI conducts business
  • Sustaining our environment and meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs

II-VI In the Community

II-VI Incorporated Pledges $1,000,000 In Connection with Its ESG Initiatives to Fund STEM Educational and Research Programs

January 12, 2021
II‐VI Incorporated (Nasdaq: IIVI), a leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components, today announced that it will contribute $1,000,000 in unrestricted funds during 2021 to support the goals of the II-VI Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and in connection with its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. The mission of the II-VI Foundation is to encourage and enable students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while maintaining a standard of excellence in that pursuit. The private...
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II-VI Incorporated is proud to participate in Apple’s Clean Energy Program

July 21, 2020
II-VI Incorporated is proud to participate in Apple’s Clean Energy Program. We commit to power all of our Apple production with 100% clean energy. Apple is committed to addressing climate change and increasing the use of renewable energy around the world: “We started by reaching 100 percent renewable energy for Apple‘s facilities. In October 2015, we launched the Supplier Clean Energy Program to advance clean energy through our manufacturing supply chain. Since then, we have made strong progress toward our...
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II-VI Sites Donate PPE to Philippine Hospitals

June 4, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best in people all around the world, and II-VI employees are no exception. Shortages of PPE have been prevalent around the globe since the outbreak began, and the II-VI plant in Zurich had a stock of bunny suits they could no longer use in the clean rooms in Switzerland. A bunny suit is a type of hooded coverall worn as personal protective equipment (PPE). After research to determine where these suits could do...
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Environmental Sustainability

II-VI incorporated is committed to recycling unusable material (such as returned optics and material removed as part of the optics manufacturing process). Through these efforts, II-VI Incorporated has been able to recycle a wide range of materials, many of which (such as Selenium and Tellurium) are rare and can be difficult to produce. Through recycling efforts, II-VI Incorporated recycles literally tons of material every year that would otherwise require disposal in landfills.

Current II-VI Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs at Various Sites Around the World

  • Tracking of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Monitoring of waste water, waste gas and noise
  • Source reduction waste minimization plan
  • Water and waste tracking
  • Seedling Trees program
  • Artificial Coral Reef Seeding program
  • Auditing of 3rd party treatment, storage and disposal facilities
  • Recycling of waste ZnSe, ZnS, Ge, Te, Se, GaAs, Cu, Al, Au
  • Yield improvement programs
  • Scrap reduction programs
  • Packaging peanut recycling programs
  • Recycling of scrap metals, cardboard plus recycling of paper, plastic, ink and office equipment, computer supplies, batteries, fluorescent lamps, and electronics

II-VI recognizes the potential hazards posed by electronic wastes disposed of improperly. II-VI is committed to ensuring this and all wastes are disposed of in a manner that meets applicable regulations, including those prescribed by the Basel Convention on Hazardous Waste.
II-VI facilities track the use of energy and water and the generation of waste from production which includes chemical waste. Using this data, II-VI facilities develop and implement measures to manage waste generation.

Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

II-VI Incorporated recognizes the growing complexity, scope and reach of our global operations and the impact we can have on our people, suppliers, customers, communities and the world in general. This recognition acknowledges responsibility and causes us to take new actions.
Given this responsibility, our desire and commitment to have a positive influence, we have established this Policy to clarify the expectations that we have.

This Policy has been established for II-VI Incorporated and its divisions and subsidiaries, either wholly or majority owned (hereafter II-VI). It applies to all employees, contractors and consultants of II-VI. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the integration of policies and responsible practices into the Company’s daily business operations related to the environment, health and safety, conservation, community involvement, and ethical behavior.

This Policy will be governed by the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) of II-VI. On a periodic basis, and as necessary, this governing body will recommend goals and resources, and monitor progress in the area of CSR. This effort will be chaired by the Vice President, Human Resources who will also provide administrative leadership to II-VI’s initiatives. Individual organizations will be expected to contribute to our results across the full range of CSR. A CSR Advisory Council will be established and maintained that provides specific recommendations and leadership to the day to day CSR initiatives. It will be comprised of a cross business unit team, as established by the Vice President, Human Resources. More specifically, the CSR Advisory Council will:

  • Recommend business practices and accountabilities that promote CSR continuous improvement in our performance.
  • Monitor and review II-VI’s policies, programs and practices concerning public policy issues which include appropriate environmental protection, employee safety, training and wellness, energy conservation, community involvement, quality programs, ethics and values.
  • Identify, evaluate and monitor CSR trends, both domestic and international, from II-VI’s shareholders, employees, customers, vendors, governments and the general public and develop action plans to address these CSR trends in order to continue its positive impact and reputation on the local and worldwide communities in which II-VI operates.
  • Evaluate and periodically report II-VI’s performance against pre-established CSR business practice recommendations and develop evaluation criteria for such CSR initiatives.
  • Have oversight authority for the CSR related content on II-VI’s website and the websites of any of II-VI’s divisions or subsidiaries.
  • Make recommendations to amend, as needed, II-VI’s CSR Policy.
  • Be responsible for engaging 3rd party consultants, if necessary, to monitor the performance of certain CSR programs.
  • Be accountable to communicate to the senior most Executive (as described below) and provide support for the communication of this policy.
  • Carry out other CSR additional related duties that may from time to time be delegated to it by the ELT.

It is II-VI’s Policy to conduct all business operations consistent with or as appropriate and necessary to exceed industry, environmental, health, safety, labor and employment standards and to the letter and in the spirit of all laws and regulations that govern our operations. Additionally, we promote business practices and accountability that helps ensure adherence to the Policy. Our goal is for each employee and our total business to behave consistent with our global values – Customer’s First, Honesty and Integrity, Open Communications, Teamwork, Continuous Improvement and Learning, Manage by the “Facts” and A Safe, Clean and Orderly Workplace – with the people in the communities and around the globe.

Violations of the Policy are considered serious and disciplinary actions that could lead to termination are possible, if an appropriate investigation warrants it. A location’s normal progressive disciplinary process will be followed, but egregious violations can result in skipping steps and/or immediate termination. This is the responsibility of each organizational leader and violations and corrective actions must be reviewed with the Vice President, Human Resources.

No specific Terms or Definitions necessary.

The Vice President, Human Resources is responsible to communicate this Policy to the Senior Executives of our business segments, strategic business units and Corporate Staff areas, who then have the direct responsibility to ensure communication, understanding and compliance within their organizations.

Energy Conservation

Marlow Industries, a subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated, provides thermal energy harvesting products to power wireless sensors and other microdevices, thereby eliminating the need for battery-powered solutions. Marlow’s family of thermal energy harvests converts small degrees of temperature differences that would be wasted energy into electrical (DC) power. This reliable energy source can perpetually power wireless sensors and microdevices for the lifetime of the harvester, offering a low-cost and zero maintenance solution for wireless sensor technology.One such example of the thermal energy harvester is the patent pending?EverGen? Power Strap?that utilizes Marlow’s rugged thermoelectric generator (TEG) technology to harvest heat/thermal energy from fluid filled pipes of exhaust stacks (that would otherwise go unused) to provide a viable, economical and perpetual power source for industrial as well as oil & gas applications.

Current II-VI Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs at Various Sites Around the World

  • Electricity usage reduction program
  • Implementation of LED lighting
  • Tracking of gas and electricity consumption
  • Pump replacement with significantly more efficient pumps

Safety & Wellness

In an effort to safeguard the health of our employees, II-VI Incorporated Saxonburg provides periodic physical examinations for all employees. The department in which an employee works, along with the job the employee performs, determines both the time period between physicals and if additional specific tests need performed. Employees may be scheduled for physicals every year, every two years or every three years. This extensive medical screening benefits our employees and provides for a healthier II-VI.

Current II-VI Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs at Various Sites Around the World

  • Numerous in-house courses provided on environmental health and safety topics for employees
  • Many OSHA compliant safety courses
  • Electronic signs tracking “Days Since Last Lost Time Accident” placed in clear view
  • Dozens of II-VI environmental, health and safety (EHS) standards that assure excellent EHS performance at all sites worldwide
  • Standardized Safety reporting program
  • EHS awareness training for all employees
  • Participation in local and state EHS training grants Wellness Programs
  • Automatic external defibrillators are stationed at most of our plants to help save the lives of employees who may suffer heart attacks
  • Flu Shots plus Hepatitis & Cervical Cancer Vaccinations
  • Periodic Physicals for employees
  • Periodic eye tests for employees using Visual Display Units
  • Leadership training for supervisors
  • Smoking cessation program
  • Continual improvement of staff accommodation environment
  • Tuition reimbursement program

II-VI has implemented the following corporate EHS guidelines to help prevent ?injuries, occupational diseases, and work-related fatalities: EHS Incident Management, Controlling Hazardous Energy, Machine Guarding, Fall Protection, Confined Spaces, Hot Work (Welding), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Industrial Hygiene (IH), Ergonomics,? EHS Management System, Fire Protection, Radiation Protection, Electrical Safety, Chemical Safety, Respiratory Protection, EHS Review (Safety Management of Change), Hearing Conservation (Noise), Contractor Safety, Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts), Excavation, Safety Observation (Behavioral Safety), Driving Safety, Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), Material Handling Safety, Job Safety Analysis (JSA), Physical Security, EHS Training, Cranes & Hoists, Incident Investigation, Line Breaking, Laser Safety, Serious Injury & Fatality (SIF) Prevention, EHS Audits, Process Safety, Material Handling Safety, and Site EHS Coordinator Familiarization (to ensure these individuals are adequately knowledgeable and trained). Note that the corporate EHS guidelines are updated as necessary.
Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) requirements are enforced by II-VI site management. II-VI Corporate EHS ensures that site leaders understand their responsibilities and are supported in properly communicating EHS requirements.

II-VI has established an EHS Council as the formal body that stimulates and manages EHS improvements. The EHS Council is accountable to the CEO, and has met twice in FY2018 (with the last meeting in February 2018).
II-VI is committed to responsible corporate behavior. In support of this commitment, II-VI has developed and implemented a policy on Corporate Social Responsibility. Based on this policy, II-VI tracks 9 CSR metrics (solid waste, water usage, toxic emissions, greenhouse gas, energy, injuries, community programs, quality and stakeholders) quarterly. The CSR council meets every year.

Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy

At II-V Incorporated, the health and safety of our employees is a primary concern, as is protection of the environment in which we all live. We know that all of our lives have immeasurable value, both to the Company and to our families, and that we must all work together to ensure that our working environment is as safe and healthy as it can be. We also know that our lives are affected by the quality of the environment and that we must minimize the impact of our operations on the environment. By taking the steps necessary to ensure that our employees are safe and healthy, the benefits of our efforts will encompass the community and the environment.

The purpose of this policy is to make clear the importance that II-VI places on excellence in our environmental, health and safety performance.

This policy has been established for II-VI Incorporated and its divisions and subsidiaries, either wholly or majority owned (hereafter II-VI). It applies to all employees, contractors, subcontractors, agents and consultants of II-VI, including all personnel affiliated with third parties. This policy applies to all operating and maintenance equipment and systems that are owned, leased or licensed by II-VI.

All employees are entitled to a safe and healthy working environment and are responsible for providing one. In addition, it is the responsibility of all employees to commit to and carry out the Company’s EHS programs. They will also:

  • Address potential environmental, health and safety impacts in daily job duties and business decisions;
  • Operate and maintain equipment, facilities and processes in an environmentally conscious, healthful and safe way;
  • Participate in training and education programs to minimize environmental, health and safety risks;
  • Communicate with management and coworkers about any working conditions, operations or products that they or anyone feels could be unsafe, unhealthy or hazardous; and
  • Participate in and comply with their site’s environmental, health and safety management system.

While we follow our conscience and the Worldwide Values of II-VI regarding the implementation of safety and environmental programs, the local, state (or provincial) and national (or central) governments of the countries where we operate have provided us with laws and regulations establishing minimum requirements to ensure we are taking the proper precautions with the health and safety of our employees and the community, as well as with the maintenance of the environment. We will comply with all these laws and regulations.
Because of the complexity of our operations, we are subject to regulatory laws from numerous government agencies. It is necessary that everyone be actively involved in implementing our health, safety and environmental programs in order for them to be effective. For this reason, II-VI has divided the responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of the various programs between many functional units and individuals, with ultimate responsibility resting with site management and specifically the site leader. Together we commit to make continual improvements in our EHS performance, including prevention of pollution and injuries.

The EHS policy will be enforced by site management, with a specific responsibility resting with the site leader.

In the context of this policy, the term “employees” includes not only those individuals directly employed by II-VI, but also contractors, subcontractors, agents and consultants of II-VI, including all personnel affiliated with third parties.

It is the responsibility of the site leader to ensure this policy is properly communicated to employees and followed. The II-VI corporate EHS management team is responsible for maintaining the policy and ensuring that site leaders understand their responsibilities and are supported in properly communicating the policy.

All site managers are responsible for communicating this policy to all employees and posting a copy in a prominent location at the site. It will be reviewed with all new employees during the orientation process and will be reviewed regularly with all other employees to refresh their familiarity with it and emphasize its importance.

Community Involvement

The Saxonburg Plant allows its employees who are members of local volunteer fire departments to respond to weekday fire calls without losing any II-VI pay to assure a rapid and adequate fire response during a time period when most other fire department members cannot leave work. The Saxonburg Plant also makes substantial charitable donations to its local fire department and ambulance service to help assure the community of continued prompt response to emergency calls with modern response vehicles.

Current II-VI Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs at Various Sites Around the World

  • On-site blood drives
  • II-VI Foundation scholarships
  • Career practicum for high school & college students
  • Sponsorship of employee’s children at “Camp Invention”
  • Attendance at local career fairs
  • United Way donation campaign
  • Hosting of annual educational tours for Chemistry and Metallurgy college students
  • Cardio -pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes (available to employees & local community)
  • Emergency Response Training (ERT) classes (available to employees)
  • Fire department, police department and ambulance charitable contributions
  • Donation of firefighting equipment to industrial park
  • Donation to community school
  • Allowing employees to respond to volunteer fire department calls without losing any pay
  • Making available our emergency response equipment to the community (especially certain equipment in scarce supply at our surrounding II-VI location communities)
  • Sharing of “best practices” with other local organizations/industries
  • Early Warning system in place

Global Supplier Diversity Policy

The purpose of the II-VI Supplier Diversity Program is to:

  • Expand the opportunity of businesses that are certified by the U.S. government to be small, or minority, women, veteran, or disabled-person owned, to be included in our procurement process, and
  • Increase our knowledge and awareness of supplier diversity and its significance to our success.

This policy applies to all II-VI Incorporated and its subsidiaries (“II-VI”).

Corporate Procurement and segment/division Supply Chain Leaders are responsible for administrating this policy.

II-VI is committed to the advancement of certified small businesses and businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, and disabled persons that can help II-VI achieve our corporate objectives. We strive to expand the business opportunity for these companies and to increase awareness of supplier diversity at all levels of the organization. Diverse suppliers that demonstrate the ability to add value, provide high-quality goods and services that are competitively priced, reliable, and aligned with our strategic business model have the opportunity to be included in our sourcing and procurement processes.

Approved diverse suppliers must provide proof of certification.

Management reviews this policy as required.

The definitions required to register and certify as small, minority, women, veteran, and disabled person owned business are found in the U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulation. Please refer to the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 19. The definition for Service Disabled Veteran can be found in Public Law 106.50.
Guidelines established by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) are used to determine the certification status for diverse suppliers.

Corporate Procurement is responsible for communicating this policy.

Quality & Ethics

At II-VI Incorporated it is each employee’s responsibility to exercise sound business judgment and to act honestly and ethically. We are required not only to ”do the job,” but to “do it the right way.” Doing it the right way goes past complying with laws and regulations. It means conducting ourselves with ethics and integrity in all that we do. Our Code of Ethics combines the values and standards of behavior that make II-VI a trusted and respected organization. Employees are obligated to report any known or suspected violation of the Code of Ethics and may do so anonymously through an independent compliance reporting hotline, details can be found at?www.ii-vi.ethicspoint.com

Matt Orseno
Director of Internal Audit
II-VI Incorporated
(Office) 724-352-5797

Current II-VI Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs at Various Sites Around the World

  • ISO 45001 Compliant
  • ISO 14001 Compliant
  • ISO 9001 Compliant
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • QMS reflects key aspects of USA National Quality Award Baldrige criteria
  • Mission and Vision statements in support of social responsibility concepts
  • Well defined and deployed set of organizational values
  • Internal quality audit process in all manufacturing sites
  • On time delivery established as key performance indicator
  • Warranty process with root cause analysis and highly monitored measures
  • II-VI Code of Ethics.
  • Financial data integrity maintained (SOX compliant, formal reporting/consolidation application)
  • Conflict Minerals analysis, reporting, and response process

Global code of conduct and policy statements for working with governments
Anti-corruption and anti-bribery policy

Conflict Minerals

II-VI offers a diverse portfolio of products which are manufactured with inputs provided by thousands of suppliers, all of which make up II-VI’s global supply chain. At II-VI, we strive to act in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, while meeting the needs of our customers and shareholders.On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the final rule regarding the sourcing of “conflict minerals” (i.e. tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold) under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under the rule, publicly traded companies, like II-VI, must report to the SEC the presence of conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries in the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture if the conflict minerals are necessary to the functionality or production of their products. These reports must be filed with the SEC annually by May 31st, beginning in 2014.

II-VI is concerned that the trade of conflict minerals mined in the eastern provinces of the DRC may be fueling human rights atrocities in the region. These minerals are widely used in our products and the end markets served by II-VI. As a result, we support the actions of governments and organizations to increase supply chain transparency and enable companies to source conflict-free minerals.

II-VI is committed to sourcing materials from companies that share our values around human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility. We have initiated a comprehensive process to meet these regulatory requirements, taking steps to increase our supply chain due diligence measures and internal controls for the covered minerals. II-VI also expects its suppliers to develop internal conflict minerals policies, due diligence frameworks, and management systems which are designed to identify and ultimately eliminate from use in products sold to II-VI any conflict minerals which are known to come from sources funding armed groups in the DRC region.

II-VI fully expects our suppliers to cooperate with us and to provide information to support these efforts. Suppliers that do not reasonably comply with II-VI’s Conflict Minerals Policy will be reviewed by II-VI to assess whether we will conduct business with those suppliers in the future. We will disclose our progress in implementing this Conflict Minerals Policy through public reporting, including through our website and SEC filings. Please click the link below for our latest Conflict Minerals Report.

Conflict Minerals Report for calendar year 2019 (Form SD)
Conflict Minerals Report for calendar year 2018 (Form SD)
Conflict Minerals Report for calendar year 2017 (Form SD)
Conflict Minerals Report for calendar year 2016 (Form SD)
Conflict Minerals Report for calendar year 2015 (Form SD)
Conflict Minerals Report for calendar year 2014 (Form SD)
Conflict Minerals Report for calendar year 2013 (Form SD)

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