Leading with Corporate Social Responsibility
Global Social Responsibility
Fortinet’s primary strategy is to develop products that make the world a safer and more efficient place to do business. Our products are designed to allow organizations to protect personal and private customer information and intellectual property, and to run their businesses without the cost, distraction, and violations of privacy that sophisticated criminal organizations and hackers are bringing about on a daily basis.
Our primary strategy also includes developing products that integrate multiple security and networking functions that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Fortinet’s programs make every effort to ensure full environmental compliance.
Beyond our core business, we have programs designed to help make the world a better place and to help ensure fairness in the workplace and opportunity based on a meritocracy, including but not limited to affirmative action programs, the Fortinet Women’s Network, and the FortiVet program.
We also have programs designed to return value to the communities in which we live, such as community outreach and charitable giving programs.
In addition, we have processes that ensure protection of human rights in our supply chain, and avoid doing business with certain parties if designated as problematic from a human rights perspective.
Further, Fortinet has led efforts to share threat information and collaborate with our competition to help protect society’s data. Fortinet founded the Cyber Threat Alliance to share threat intelligence with other security organizations to better secure the world’s data.
We also partner with various government organizations to share threat intelligence and fight bad actors to secure society’s data and private information.
Innovation that drives environmental responsibility is core to our strategy
We demonstrate our commitment to environmentally responsible behavior by ensuring that our products reduce environmental impact, we lead with environmentally friendly approaches to our daily business, and we adhere to compliance and regulations worldwide.
From the start of our business in 2000, our goal has been to maintain an environmentally friendly stance. By combining security and networking functionality via the Fortinet Security Fabric approach, we successfully deliver one appliance—with a single power cord—that takes up limited power and space.
Traditionally, a customer may require an array of different appliances, potentially using up to five times the space and power. With Fortinet’s integrated Security Fabric approach, a customer can achieve the same security and networking functionality with just one appliance that uses one-fifth of the power and space.
We believe environmentally friendly practices make good business sense. At Fortinet, we intertwine environmental and efficient business practices every day. Our headquarters in Sunnyvale, California harnesses natural energy with solar panels installed in the parking lot to reduce energy usage.
Fortinet has collaborated with the city of Sunnyvale to design our new headquarters building. Slated to open in 2020, the new headquarters is designed to be LEED certified, a rigorous environmental certification.
Dedicated teams and processes ensure compliance with environmental product material content requirements worldwide.
Fortinet products placed on the market in the European Union include materials that are fully compliant with the EU Directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), meaning our products are manufactured to comply with environmental substance requirements. Our suppliers are monitored to ensure environmental compliance and products are tested for verification. As EU RoHS has often been adopted by many countries outside the EU, we apply EU hazardous material content requirements for all of our products sold worldwide. In addition, we monitor and apply, material content requirements from non-EU members where such requirements may differ from EU RoHS.
Fortinet has established programs and recycling partnerships to ensure proper disposal of our products. We ensure full compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive from the E.U. to properly dispose of electronic waste.
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 with the mindset that diversity is a cornerstone of workplace excellence.
Public Safety and Human Rights
Fortinet aims to partner with peers and stakeholders to influence and help shape public policy decisions to improve security on global, national, and local levels.
Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)
Fortinet is proud to join the CTPAT, which aims to safeguard the world's trade industry from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbors.
The Fortinet conflict minerals policy demonstrates our commitment to comply with the Conflict Minerals Rules and ensure our partners adhere to our compliance standards.
Prohibition on Human Trafficking
Fortinet is committed that its business practices, human resources procedures, and the selection of its staff are aligned with the combat against slavery and human trafficking. Read the Fortinet statement for more information.
Blocking Business with Human Rights Violators
Fortinet takes steps to screen against denied parties, including but not limited to designated terrorists, human rights violators, human rights abuse, and corruption.
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
- Hexavalent Chromium
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.