Add Microsoft Corp.'s suppliers to the growing list of companies that are going to have to keep track of -- and report -- data on their environmental records. Yesterday the company announced that starting in 2013, it will require "a cross section" of its suppliers to provide reports on how they adhere to Microsoft's Vendor Code of Conduct. That could have some specific plastics-related implications. Julie Bort, editor of Network World's Microsoft Subnet and Open Source Subnet communities, wrote about the issue yesterday in PC Advisor, in an item headlined "Microsoft strong-arms hardware makers into social responsibility." Bort writes that Microsoft's policy might push suppliers like Dell Inc. to accelerate efforts to move away from PVC and brominated flame retardants. "One of the policies in Microsoft's code of conduct is: 'If applicable, identify the chemicals or other materials being released that pose a threat to the environment and manage them appropriately to ensure their safe handling, movement, storage, use, recycling or reuse, and disposal,'" Bort wrote. "Greenpeace has been after Dell for years to cut the dangerous chemicals out of its electronics manufacturing." Microsoft's proposal is a response to a shareholder proposal received from New York City Comptroller John C. Liu on behalf of the New York City Pension Funds.
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