Together towards sustainable production

We do not own any factories, but we carefully choose our long-term partners and work closely with them to maintain and develop sustainable business. We work together to improve health, safety and working conditions, and environmental responsibility.

Sustainability audit with NCAB employees | NCAB Group
Yvonne Qui, Sustainability Manager and Otis Xiao, Sustainability Engineer at NCAB Factory Management China, are controlling the function of an emergency eyewash and safety shower station during the sustainability audit.


Take full responsibility throughout the supply chain.

Measurable goals

  • 100% sustainability-audited and approved main factories
  • Continuously improve sustainability performance throughout the supply chain.
  • Increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in PCB production
  • Environmentally appropriate materials used in production and in products
  • Scope 3 emissions – related to PCB manufacturing and transportation of PCB

Actions and achievements 2023:

  • Continue our sustainability audit programme in factories, improving factories’ conditions of health and safety, and working conditions, and environmental performance.
  • In 2023, we conducted 22 full sustainability audits (whereof 2 in potential new factories and 2 in new facilities of our approved main factories), and 6 follow-up audits
  • 100% sustainability audited main factories
  • In 2023, 40 of our colleagues in our Factory Management China were trained in RBA Code of Conduct, to further strengthen our sustainability awareness and work in our different teams, both internally and factory facing.
  • High quality performance – 99.6% – continued developing our quality processes and performance to keep high quality and reliability level, and to minimize scrap and resources used.
  • Scope 3 emissions from supply chain – continued dialogue and activities together with the main factories to jointly strive to reduce emissions in the value chain. Focus set on improved energy efficiency and increase of renewable energy, and waste reduction. In 2023, we saw 3 more factories installing solar panels (now 5 in total), steps in right direction, but still cover a very small part of the energy consumption. Energy efficiency went down, mainly due to lower capacity utilization in production due to less orders in total.

Status December 2023

  • not started/far from achieved
  • on track
  • completed/achieved
Watch the film to learn more about how we audit our factories.

Best-in-class factories only

We work with our factories in long-term partnerships. As part of NCAB Group’s sourcing process, potential factories are assessed from a quality and environmental perspective, and since 2015 sustainability performance is also a part of the approval process. Our audits take place on site. In addition to this all our factories have to:

  • be ISO 9001 certified (quality management system)
  • be ISO 14001 certified (environmental management system)
  • sign and comply with NCAB Code of Conduct for Suppliers
  • report on conflict minerals and cobalt according to the framework provided by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and follow the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP)
  • comply with legislation covering raw material content (RoHS, REACH, TSCA, California Proposition 65, POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants))
  • comply with local regulations covering social compliance and environmental impact

For more information download our Annual and sustainability report.

Code of conduct

During 2009 we implemented a Code of Conduct which forms part of the contracts we have with our factories, revised in 2017. The requirements in the code are inspired by the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and cover:

  • Business ethics and principles
  • Labor and working conditions
  • Environmental responsibility

NCAB expects all of our suppliers to follow our Supplier Code of Conduct. For more information, download the NCAB Group Code of Conduct for Suppliers.