Corporate Social Responsibility at Fortinet

Worldwide Social Responsibility

Fortinet is committed to being socially responsible throughout the world. We develop environmentally friendly products and technologies that also make the world a safer place to do business. As firm believers in the protection of basic human rights, we operate responsibly in the countries we do business, requiring our employees and supply chain adhere to high standards. We also endeavor to create a safe environment for our employees and encourage each to become involved on a social and environmental level to ensure both a healthy workplace and society as a whole.

Ethical Practices & Corporate Governance

The Board of Directors of Fortinet sets high standards for the company's employees, officers, and directors. Sound corporate governance and ethical business practices are critical elements of Fortinet's culture. For example, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in its corporate governance guidelines.

The company has also adopted a code of Business Conduct and Ethics to promote, among other things

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  • honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships
  • full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure in reports and documents we file with or submit to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in our other public communications
  • compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations

Supply Chain

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)

We have engaged in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) which seeks to safeguard the world's trade industry from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbors. The partnership develops and adopts measures that add security but do not have a chilling effect on trade.

Conflict Minerals

We have adopted a Conflict Minerals Policy that sets forth (i) commitment to comply with the Conflict Minerals Rules, (ii) expectations of suppliers regarding supporting Fortinet’s compliance activities, and (iii) policies and practices with respect to the engagement of suppliers and the implementation of risk mitigation measures.

Please contact environmental_relations@fortinet.com with questions regarding Conflict Minerals.

Our Employees

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  • As a market leader in network security, we are building the networks of tomorrow. We recruit the best and brightest in all of our disciplines around the world.
  • We encourage our employees to become involved in charitable activities that are important to them and their local communities to ensure both a healthy workplace and society as a whole.
  • Our employees support local communities.
  • Our gift matching programs encourage U.S. employees to contribute to qualifying charitable organizations.

Umwelt

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We respect the global environment and are committed to environmentally responsible behavior. We have put processes in place to ensure that our products reduce impact to the environment and are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, WEEE, and conflict minerals.

Fortinet's RoHS Environmental Program and RoHS Compliance

The RoHS Directive prohibits the sale, into the European Union, of electronic equipment containing certain amounts of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

Fortinet has put the processes in place to comply with the RoHS Directive and products offered in the European Union are compliant with the June 8, 2011 directive.

We have already eliminated or reduced below allowed maximum concentration values (MCV) usage of materials prohibited under this directive. At this time, RoHS allows specific exemptions applicable to certain product types (i.e., network infrastructure equipment), where appropriate alternative materials and manufacturing processes do not currently exist. The available components and manufacturing processes do not yet allow for the complete elimination of the material lead (Pb) from products produced by the network security solutions industry. Lead (Pb) continues to be a necessary material until such a time that a viable alternative becomes available for all applications. We anticipate alternatives will be developed in the near future and once available, we expect to use such alternatives for our products.

European Union Fortinet Partners may visit the Fortinet Partner Portal for additional details on RoHS-compliant products. For more information on RoHS please contact: environmental_relations@fortinet.com.

WEEE Compliance

We provide recycling support for our equipment to comply with WEEE. Fortinet and our channel partners, where acting as importer of record, have established programs and recycling partnerships with designated third parties that allow customers/end users to arrange for their products to be sent to designated recycling locations in their countries. In accordance with Article 11(2) of Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE), Fortinet products put on the market after August 13, 2005 are marked with the WEEE symbol or include it in their documentation: a crossed-out wheeled waste bin with a bar beneath.

Regulations related to reuse and recycling programs are evolving in each market we serve. As new information becomes available, this compliance statement will be modified. For the most complete up-to-date information on this area of the WEEE initiative, please contact us at environmental_relations@fortinet.com.

FAQs

Q: What is RoHS and what products are affected?

A: Directive 2011/65/EU

"The restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment." And it applies to the following substances

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • PBB
  • PDBE

To comply with the EU RoHS legislation, all of these substances must either be removed or  reduced to within maximum permitted concentrations, in any products containing electrical or electronic components that will be sold within the European Union.

Q: What products are affected?

A: All electrical and electronic products are affected.

Q: What is the difference between lead-free and RoHS-compliant?

A: While lead (Pb) is the most widely used toxic substance in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), the term "lead-free" is often wrongly adopted to refer to all of the substances specified in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. However, RoHS restricts a total of six substances. To be truly compliant with this legislation, the presence of each of these substances must be reduced below their allowed maximum concentration values (MCV), or an applicable exemption taken.

Q: What are the benefits of the RoHS Directive?

A: The extraction of these raw materials and their eventual disposal can cause damage to both the environment in terms of pollution, as well as to human health from occupational exposure and exposure following disposal. The removal of these materials from production will reduce the health risks of exposure.

Q: What is Fortinet's approach to the RoHS issues?

A: Due to concerns about the environmental impact of hazardous substances used in electrical products, Fortinet has implemented a transition to Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance. We respect the global environment and are committed to environmentally responsible behavior so we fully support this reduction of toxic substances that could reach the environment when such equipment is disposed of in landfill sites.

Q: What is Fortinet's verification standard for RoHS compliance?

A: Fortinet follows the RoHS Directive (Directive 2011/65/EU) and considers a product to be RoHS-compliant if the maximum concentration value is up to 0,1% by weight in homogeneous materials for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, brominated flame retardants (PBBs and PBDEs), and is up to 0,01% by weight in homogeneous materials for cadmium, or if the appropriate exemption is taken as defined by the directive.

Q: My company is based in the USA. Does the European Union RoHS legislation affect us?

A: If you sell Fortinet products to any European Union member country, yes, you will also be affected.

Q: How will Fortinet identify European Union RoHS-compliant products?

A: All EU RoHS-compliant products shipped from Fortinet will have integrated into the serial number an identifier for RoHS-compliance. The RoHS is now a CE-marking directive, therefore the CE-mark will also be placed on the shipping box and product.

Q: If RoHS 2 is now a CE-marking directive, is the "RoHS COMPLIANT" green sticker still needed?

A: From January 2nd 2013, CE marking shall be the only marking which attests the conformity of the product with the requirements of RoHS 2. In compliance with EC/765/2008, the "RoHS COMPLIANT" green sticker will be phased-out from Fortinet’s products.

Q: How does Fortinet verify the materials from its vendors and suppliers are European Union RoHS compliance?

A: To ensure RoHS-compliance of components, Fortinet collects and assesses RoHS-compliance declarations, Material Declarations and Analytical Test Results documents from the manufacturer as specified in the EN 50581 standard.

Q: What is WEEE?

A: European Union Legislation covering the handling of Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment by the producer. In the EU the "producer" is responsible for handling the WEEE process. The consistent interpretation of the "producer" by EU member states has been the "importer of record" (VAT Registrant), and that party must register and make available arrangements for treatment, recovery, and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. Legislation became effective August 13, 2005. All EEE put on the market after that date have to be WEEE marked and arrangements made available for collection after the product's end of life.

Q: Why is the WEEE Directive needed?

A: In Europe, over 90% of electrical and electronic equipment goes into landfill sites - around six million tons of waste every year. Emissions to the air that result are a risk to both health and the environment.

Q: Are the RoHS and WEEE directives related?

A: Yes, in the sense that the WEEE Directive aims to raise levels of recycling of WEEE and encourages products to be designed with dismantling and recycling in mind. A key part of this is to make importers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment to the EU responsible for meeting the costs of the collection, treatment, and recovery of WEEE. If products are designed with this in mind, there is an opportunity to reduce these costs. The RoHS Directive fits into this by reducing the amount of hazardous substances used in products. This reduces the risks to recycling staff and means that less special handling is required, again leading to a reduction in recycling costs.

Q: Where can I find more information on RoHS and WEEE?

A: Please refer to the European Commission's Environmental webpage.

Public Policy Involvement

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Mission

To influence and help shape public policy decisions to help improve security on global, national, and local levels.

Strategies

By collaborating with industry stakeholders, alliance partners, and public policy organizations, Fortinet seeks to advocate policies that encourage innovation and information technology security.

Goals

To develop strong relationships with government and industry associations globally to implement Fortinet’s public policy mission and strategies.

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