RINA (formerly Edif ERA Technology Ltd) provides impartial and independent expertise on regulatory and technical issues associated with products, manufacturing and design across the entire manufacturing sector, from consumer electronics and aerospace, to power systems and utilities. The consultancy has in-depth capabilities concerning regulatory compliance (EMC, LVD, R&TTE, etc.), particularly in relation to the ever-growing number of environmental measures on substance restrictions (RoHS, REACH), ecodesign (ErP and EuP) and waste (batteries, WEEE) and similar requirements worldwide. Edif ERA consults for industry, trade associations and policy makers, and carries out work for the UK government and the European Commission to support the Ecodesign, RoHS and REACH Directives. As such, it can provide informed insight into regulation as it is being developed – not just in relation to what is stated in regulation, but also what needs to be done in practice.Go to Website
Baker McKenzie is one of the world’s outstanding law firms. With more than 11,000 employees in 77 different offices across the globe, they combine an international perspective with local market expertise to deliver a world-class tailored service to their clientele. They understand the challenges of the global economy because they have worked at the forefront of its development since 1949. They advise leading corporations on key issues arising out of today’s integrated world market, and have the commercial acumen and technical skills to guide their clients to business and market success.Go to Website
Bergeson & Campbell
Doing business at the intersection of science, law, and policy can be a highly complex endeavour. Regulatory compliance and product approvals must keep up with scientific breakthroughs and the unyielding pressure of market competition. However, award-winning Washington-based law firm Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) provides powerful solutions to regulatory, political and scientific hurdles to get products to market as quickly and as efficiently as possible.With a unique and powerful combination of legal, government affairs, and scientific expertise, this law firm focuses on chemical products, product approvals, and regulatory issues. Firm attorneys and professionals are complemented by non- attorney consulting arms which represent and advise individuals, businesses, trade associations, and industry coalitions around the world.Go to Website
Hogan Lovells is an international legal practice that assists companies, financial institutions, and governmental bodies across a whole spectrum of business and legal issues. The firm have more than 2,500 lawyers in 45 offices across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and the United States.
Hogan Lovells offers its clients:
an exceptionally high quality transatlantic capability, with extensive networks into the world’s financial and commercial centres;
distinctive strengths in the areas of regulation, corporate, finance, litigation and arbitration, finance, and intellectual property; and
access to knowledge and resources in many major industry sectors such as hotels and leisure, telecommunications, technology, infrastructure, energy and natural resources, financial services, consumers, life sciences, and real estate.
The breadth of the firm’s practice, its geographical reach, and industry knowledge provide Hogan Lovells with insights into the issues that are most relevant to their clients and enables them to provide them with high quality business-oriented legal advice.
Keller and Heckman
Keller and Heckman has a wide-ranging practice in regulatory law, litigation, and business transactions, which serves both domestic and international clients. The firm is a pioneer in taking an interdisciplinary approach to legal problem-solving. Since 1971, they have had in-house scientific staff who work closely with the firm’s attorneys on technical matters.
Keller and Heckman represents a wide variety of companies and trade associations, and service a broad range of industries, such as the food, chemicals, plastics, pesticides, transportation, and telecommunications sectors. Their attorneys and scientists emphasize creative and innovative service to clients involved in the development of new products, and the entry into new markets.
The firm operates from offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Brussels and Shanghai. They are also a member of Mackrell International, which is a network of over 75 independent law firms in more than 50 countries
ASEGIRE (Asociatión de Empresarios para la Gestion Integral de Residuos Electricós) was formed in Costa Rica in 2009 by a group of leading companies to promote the responsible management of electronic waste within that jurisdiction by way of a change in consumer culture, and through generalised regulatory compliance.
ASEGIRE essentially operates as a national Compliance Unit, ensuring conformity with Executive Decree 35933-S on the Comprehensive Management of Electronic Waste, which obliges the manufacturers, producers and distributors of electrical and electronic goods to ensure the proper recycling of such goods at their end-of-life.
Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service
Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service (CIRS) is a leading product safety and chemical management consultancy providing product compliance solutions and regulatory information to help clients gain competitive advantage by reducing business risks and removing barriers to entry. With its headquarters based in Hangzhou, China and offices and laboratories located in Ireland, Nanjing, and Ningbo, CIRS uses its technical expertise and global network to provide comprehensive compliance services such as chemical notifications, global GHS compliance, pesticides and biocides registration, medical device registration, testing, regulatory update monitoring, and various training services.Go to Website
Chilosi Martelli are a Milan-based law firm with expertise in relation to environmental law, health and safety law, and local and national public services.
The effective management of environmental issues and the prevention of accidents at work are now essential issues for companies in maintaining their market position and in competing in international business. Chilosi Martelli can provide concrete support to the business of its customers by developing bespoke risk strategies for their business operations and activities, and by offering the most effective advice possible to help seize the opportunities offered by environmental legislation.
Design Chain Associates
Design Chain Associates helps manufacturers to reduce cost, improve product environmental performance, and increase overall competitiveness by integrating environmental requirements into the product development process, to ensure market access for new products, and that clients are kept one step ahead in the dynamic area of Product Environmental Performance.
The consultancy offers a selection of environmental, product lifecycle, supply chain and regulatory monitoring solutions to help clients achieve their business goals.
ECO3 is a UK-based environmental and innovation consultancy with over thirty years’ combined experience in ecodesign and resource efficiency gained in a wide range of sectors from electronics, general engineering, medical, retail, packaging, and food. Engaging, funny, effective and not so modest, their team is committed to reducing client costs and helping them to develop better products.
ECO3 have also delivered ground-breaking training programmes, delivered directly to industry and businesses, or on behalf of the Learning Skills Council. They have formally trained more than 500 business and more than 1000 individuals.
EFECA is a UK based company with outstanding expertise in the field of natural resource management. They advise and consult on the legal and sustainable sourcing of commodities, and provide policy and management support on matters relating to the sustainable trade of natural resources.
Their clients include the UK Department for Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the European Commission (EC), the European Forestry Institute (EFI), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Kingfisher Plc, Oxford Policy Management Ltd (OPM), the UK Timber Trade Federation (UK TTF), Unilever, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), USAID, WWF, and the World Bank.
EFECA works on a wide range of projects, from international donor programmes to the delivery of bespoke training for SMEs. They also advise governments and agencies on the implementation of legislative requirements, and provide support to buyers, suppliers and other market players in meeting business requirements.
Equilibrium offers sustainability consulting, strategies, management and tools to improve your sustainability and help you grow. With more 30 years collective experience in environmental management and sustainability, we bring together practical services and products that support sustainability, reputation and innovation.Go to Website
Information Technology Industry Council
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is an advocacy and policy organization for the international technology sector. It navigates the relationships between companies, policy-makers, and non-governmental organizations to provide creative and effective solutions that further the development and use of technology across the globe.Go to Website
International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is a not-for-profit R&D consortium of 100 leading electronics manufacturers, associations, suppliers, universities and government agencies. Its aim is to predict and accelerate technology advances in the electronics manufacturing industry so that it can enjoy a sustainable future.
iNEMI roadmaps future technology requirements of the international electronics industry, identifies and prioritizes technology and infrastructure gaps, and helps to bridge those gaps with timely, high-impact deployment projects. These projects support its members’ businesses by speeding up the introduction of new technologies, developing industry infrastructure, and encouraging standards development and efficient business practices. They also publish position papers in order to focus industry’s future direction.
NOTE: we produce and publish a roadmap every other year, which seems more regular (and often) than periodically implies (but that might just be my bias). We spend one year developing the roadmap, then the next year defining research priorities and our technical plan, and then start on the roadmap again.
iNEMI collaborates internationally to deliver lasting results. Their R&D projects focus on several technology areas:
Environmentally sustainable electronics
The organization is based in the U.S., with regional offices in Asia and Europe. They are led by an international board of directors who represent a broad cross-section of the electronics industry.
K2J Environmental LLC was set up in October 2010 as an international consultancy focused on environmental management, energy, and sustainability in Africa and in the Caribbean. With over 25 years experience, K2J Environmental’s founder, Dr. Ken Jennings, has developed a reputation for thorough, innovative and sustainable solutions to energy and environmental issues, based on his own professional experience in government and industry.
He also draws on his expertise as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Management at the University of Maryland (UMUC) in the course of his consultancy work.
K2J’s clients include small businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies, the UN Environmental Programme, and mining operations in southern Africa.
Kim, Choi & Lim
Established in 1991, Kim Choi & Lim provides accurate and timely legal services to both domestic and overseas clients in a broad range of practice areas, such as corporate law, securities and finance, intellectual property and litigation and arbitration.
Kim Choi & Lim is committed to their clients’ convenience and satisfaction, and considers partnership and joint growth with their client base as the source of their true value.
Prop 65 News
Prop 65 News is an online information resource that provides objective, timely, and accurate information about California’s Proposition 65 laws. It is designed both with the experienced practitioner and the newcomer in mind, providing a quick and easy way to track litigation trends, keep up with the latest regulatory news, and get an overall view of Proposition 65 practice.
The service is also designed to help companies which may be unfamiliar with Proposition 65 to find out what they must know to comply with this complex and often vexing statute. Prop 65 News maintains a large document repository relating to Proposition 65 litigation, policy and related statutes.
Quality Partnerships LLC
Quality Partnerships LLC (‘QP’) was founded in Switzerland in order to meet the needs of the growing number of companies looking for a professional standard of technical support to enter the Chinese market with products and services. QP assembles international and Chinese experts with long-term experience in quality infrastructure and standards in China and abroad.
We assist companies with market access support and deliver business services for rapid licensing of products and services, with a focus on China Compulsory Certification (CCC). We provide answers to governments, NGOs, and businesses on questions related to quality infrastructure, conformity assessment, and market surveillance. QP is actively engaged in fostering EU-China co-operation on standards and operates, for the European standardization organizations – CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI –, the Seconded European Standardization Expert for China (SESEC) Project.
QP is the Merger and Acquisitions expert in the testing, inspection and certification market. Our company provides a developed process management in all three M&A phases: preparation, transaction and integration. This unique combination of know-how and project management experience ensures smooth and successful deals and allows clients to have full transparency.
Our pragmatic approach, extensive knowledge, and thorough quality control make QP the ideal choice for accessing the Chinese market.
Ramboll Environ is an organisation of 2,100 employees across 128 offices in 26 countries, all of whom are focused on bringing creativity and integrity to every aspect of their work. They strive to deliver sustainable and innovative solutions that set new standards, and make a difference to their customers, to the environment, and to society as a whole.Here are just a few solutions that Ramboll Environ have delivered to clients across the world:Adapting to climate change Ramboll Environ have worked with California’s Port of San Diego to develop a Climate Action Plan which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in six targeted areas, and to foster climate change adaptation studies that focus on local vulnerabilities to the negative effects of climate change.
Improving the quality of life in Jeddah
The consultancy are developing an Environment and Social Master Plan to address the rapid urbanization of Jeddah, UAE. The report provides a baseline of current air, water and waste conditions, and contains proposals for corrective solutions to improve living conditions.
Hong Kong air quality Due to the rapid urbanization and huge economic growth in the Pearl River Delta region, the Hong Kong SAR’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD) retained Ramboll Environ to improve the air quality modelling system to allow the EPD to study the complex relationships between the different factors that influence Hong Kong’s air quality.
Third REACH authorization With Ramboll Environ’s help, Roxel was granted the third-ever authorization under the European Union’s REACH regulation for the use of the phthalates DEHP and DBP in rocket propellant.
Reverse Logistics Group
The Reverse Logistics Group creates next-generation returns and recycling management solutions for its clients, helping them to conserve and recover value and valuable resources throughout the whole product life-cycle. They also provide end-to-end environmental compliance management services which facilitate extended producer responsibilities in relation to regulatory take-back schemes for batteries, e-waste and packaging, with key expertise in the areas of project management, resource management and sustainability enabling.
Based in Munich Germany, Reverse Logistics operates across the world by way of 13 regional offices, 21 subsidiaries and hundreds of partners, enabling them to create return-to-value services based on country-specific solutions.
SagisEPR analyses global extended producer laws and policies, as well as resulting ‘compliance markets’, for affected industries and policy makers. SagisEPR is an online information platform that builds on the decades of experience built up by Perchards’ packaging and Sagis’ WEEE and batteries consulting and information services.Go to Website
Multi-award winning Siskinds Law Office has extensive expertise in all areas of environmental law, including contaminated sites, air and water emissions, due diligence, waste and recycling, compliance and enforcement, environmental assessment, and climate change.Go to Website
StEP is an international group of manufacturers, academics, governments and other organizations which are committed to solving the world’s e-waste (WEEE) problem by actively sharing information, seeking appropriate answers and implementing solutions.
StEP’s common vision is focused on the following key areas:
Reducing the materials used in manufacturing
Reusing equipment or components where practical
Refurbishing electrical equipment where possible
Recovering materials from old and discarded equipment
Recycling the highest level of materials possible
The StEP Initiative is based in Germany and is hosted by the United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS SCYCLE).
TCO Certified is an international sustainability certification which offers a way for buyers to choose sustainably designed IT products, and provides a structure to help industry meet the growing demand for environmental and social responsibility throughout the product life cycle.
TCO Certified can help:
Include and verify sustainability criteria when buying IT products.
Work toward reduced negative social and environmental effects of IT products.
IT-manufacturers rise to sustainability demands.
Provide a platform to achieve real sustainability outcomes.
Temas Actuales was founded in November 1995 as a specialized consultancy to track and assess legislative and regulatory developments in Latin America and the Caribbean, to help private-sector clients adopt politically and socially aware corporate policies, and to promote dialogue between the promote dialogue between the provate and public sectors in the LAC region.
Its founder, Keith Ripley, has been a public affairs and government relations consultant since 1981. He is one of the foremost experts on how international and regional organizations affect the regulatory environment for multinational corporations. He also directed two public affairs consultancies for 14 years, and served as Editor of the 1982-1995 editions of the annual International Organizations Regulatory Guidebook. Mr. Ripley has also advised a number of multinational clients on legislative and regulatory developments in relation to the European Union (EU).
Tom Worthington is an IT consultant, lecturer, and creator of vocational and postgraduate university courses. He has been awarded the Caberra ICT Educator of the Year by the Australian Computer Society, for his work in relation to sustainable e-learning. In 1999 he became a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to the development of public internet policy, and has also worked previously for the Australian government. He is a Past President, Honorary Life Member, and Certified Computer Professional of the society, as well as a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Tom blogs as the blog.HigherEducationWhisperer.com.
The WEEE Forum is a cross-European organisation of e-waste management initiatives. It is a non-profit association of industry-driven collective WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) take-back systems, which addresses individual producers’ responsibility in Europe. Its aim is to ensure that collective take-back systems for discarded electrical and electronic equipment are operated across Europe in the most effective and efficient manner possible, and to optimise the cost-effectiveness of its members’ operations, while striving for continuous improvement in environmental performance.
The association provides a platform for co-operation at European level, facilitating members’ collection and exchange of best practice information. The Forum is also a knowledge center, which allows its members to make expert and constructive contributions to the ongoing general debate on the effective management of electrical and electronic waste.