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Our Environmental Commitment

Preserving the Environment—What We Are Doing at Dolby

At Dolby we are committed to working toward improved environmental sustainability in our business activities—both internally and through development of new techniques for the film and manufacturing industries. Promoting greener working practices makes sense for the environment, our employees, and our customers. It also makes sense economically by reducing operating costs.

Development of Cyan Dye Tracks

Dolby is a founding supporter of the Dye Track Committee, a group of motion picture executives dedicated to replacing silver-applicated analog 35 mm soundtracks with pure cyan dye tracks. Converting to a silver-free cyan track offers major benefits to both the motion picture industry and to the environment.

Conflict Minerals

At Dolby, we believe ethical business practices are the only business practices. We are aware of the conflict minerals requirements associated with the Dodd-Frank act, and we are actively engaged within our business to meet these requirements. While Dolby’s business is unique and our business activities are far removed from mines and smelters, we have allocated resources within our organization to assess our supply chain and assure our compliance to these obligations. We are working within industry organizations such as the IPC to stay abreast of industry developments on this topic and to potentially help shape industry's response.

Read the Dolby Conflict Minerals Policy.

Eliminating Hazardous Materials in Electronic Equipment

European Union Directive 2002/95/EC Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS)

Dolby engineers are ensuring that our professional products comply with the EU RoHS Directive, requiring the removal of six hazardous substances, by July 2006. For more information visit the Europa website.

Recycling of Electronic Equipment

European Union Directive 2002/96/EC Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

As of August 13, 2005, all products manufactured by Dolby carry the crossed-out "wheeled bin" symbol in compliance with the EU WEEE Directive. The directive assigns the burden of responsibility for the provision of recycling at the product's end of life to the producer. Dolby will meet this responsibility for customers in the United Kingdom through membership in the compliance scheme B2B Compliance. In EU countries other than the UK the distributor from which the equipment was purchased is responsible for recycling.

For more information visit the Europa website.

Countries outside of the EU are not affected by the EU WEEE Directive. This program only applies to products manufactured by Dolby Laboratories, Inc., which are used by postproduction, film, cinema, and broadcast businesses. For recycling information on consumer electronics products that contain licensed Dolby® technologies but are not manufactured by Dolby, please refer to the individual manufacturers' information.

Product Packaging

Packaging materials for all of our products are made from 40 percent recycled material, and we are working to expand that effort. Our packaging techniques eliminate the use of staples and use organic-based inks and bleach-free card to aid the future recycling of these materials.

Recycling at Dolby Laboratories

State of California SB 20/SB 50 Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003

Due to the Electronic Waste Recycling Act, residents of California now pay a recycling fee when they buy a new TV, monitor, laptop, or other display device. These fees fund recycling practices through state-approved companies. Our confidential destruction supplier is an authorized and approved recycler for the state of California. Recycling our old equipment through our supplier will save Dolby approximately $4,000 per year.

Business Operations stocks recycled paper for all copiers, fax machines, and printers in San Francisco. Similar practices are in place at the European headquarters in the UK. Wherever possible, paper is re-used and printer cartridges, mobile phones, and shredded documents are all returned for recycling.