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Black Box is committed to being a responsible and positive member of the global community. We are committed to protecting people and the environment and doing our part to improve the communities where we operate.

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Care – Protecting and Honoring All People

Human-Rights

Public Statement on Human Rights

At Black Box, we are committed to developing and delivering innovative solutions and services to accelerate success for our customers around the world. Our corporate values of respect, transparency, and accountability are foundational to our position on human rights.

Black Box respects and honors the rights of all people. Now more than ever, we understand that companies must come together to collectively promote human rights as fundamental rights and we accept the responsibility to respect human rights as a global standard of expected conduct in all areas of our business. We uphold the principles contained in the United Nation's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Specifically relevant issues for our business include those related to privacy (e.g., through encryption, global data privacy policy, data localization and sovereignty, surveillance by governments, the internet of things, big data analytics, artificial intelligence), freedom of expression, the right to equal protection against discrimination, health and safety, the right to freely chosen employment, young workers and child labor, ethical sourcing of minerals, pollution prevention, and environmental sustainability.

We will continue to strive to be an advocate for human rights; avoid infringing on the human rights of others; and actively address any adverse human rights impacts when we are involved. Black Box respects and honors all people.

Initiatives

Initiatives (2020-2021)

  • School Improvement & Education - Program to rejuvenate two schools in Delhi and Gwalior by providing sponsorship to 67 differently-abled students.
  • Sponsorship for Differently-Abled Patients - Sponsored custom-designed wheelchairs for 27 patients at the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIIPMR) in Mumbai.
  • Mother & Child Malnutrition Project – Sponsored medical checkups, medicine and vitamins for mothers and children in the tribal belt of Trimbakeshwar and adjacent villages.
  • U.S. Marines Toys for Tots – Financial giving campaign by U.S. employees with a financial match by Black Box to provide Christmas gifts to under-privileged children in the U.S.

Inclusivity – Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging at Black Box

Public-Statement

Public Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Black Box is committed to building an inclusive workplace that welcomes and celebrates team members of all backgrounds and cultures. We value our differences and believe that diversity creates a stronger organization that is better able to accelerate our customers' businesses. ALL employees should feel included, respected, and appreciated. We know that when we focus on building inclusive relationships with people of different perspectives and life views, we improve our company, ourselves, and our success.

Code-Business-Conduct

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

The Black Box Code of Business Conduct and Ethics reflects our commitment to ethical business practices and regulatory compliance. This Code continues to identify the standards that apply to all Team Members, everywhere, and in every circumstance. The ethical conduct of each and every Black Box Team Member is a cornerstone of our efforts toward corporate sustainability. The Code reinforces Black Box's commitment to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals,

Initiatives

Initiatives (2021)

Launched first-ever demographic and diversity survey for our global workforce in order to establish a benchmark for our organization so that we can build and measure the success of our diversity and inclusion program in FY22 and beyond.

Responsibility – To Be a Protector and Steward of the Environment and Global Resources

Public-Statement

Public Statement on Global Citizenship

Black Box is committed to being a good steward of global resources and to do its part to be a contributor in the protection of the environment. This includes complying with all applicable laws and regulations, implementing policies, procedures, and initiatives that align with this responsibility, and holding ourselves accountable to ensure the protection and conservation of resources.

Policies-Initiatives

Policies & Initiatives

Conflict Minerals - Black Box is committed to the ethical sourcing of minerals used in our products. Our goal is to refrain from purchasing Conflict Minerals from the Covered Countries for our products except for those materials that are certified by an independent third party as "conflict free." The global supply chain for these minerals, however, is complex, and tracing the minerals in our products to their source is a challenge. Black Box is working diligently with our suppliers and other stakeholders to improve and systematically address the process for sourcing minerals that are "conflict-free."

Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) restricts the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment in European Union markets. The directive bans equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, when customers buy new electrical and electronic equipment from Black Box in the European Union they are entitled to send old equipment for recycling on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis (this varies depending on the country) and to send the new equipment back for recycling when it ultimately becomes waste.

Air Emissions - Black Box does not emit any hazardous air pollutants as a result of our company operations. There is the potential for petroleum fuel emissions from company vehicles.

Water Discharges - Black Box does not have any wastewater discharges associated with our company operations.

Solid and Hazardous Wastes - Black Box has limited hazardous waste streams. Proper disposal of cleaning solvents, various communication system batteries, and limited petroleum products are generally limited to the warehouse facilities.

Hazardous Material Storage and Handling - Within Black Box facility locations, only the Minnesota warehouse has a Hazardous Material Management Facility License.

Conservation of Natural Resources - Whenever possible, Black Box offices participate in local recycling programs.

Regulatory Compliance - Black Box will strive to be in continuous compliance with applicable environmental and safety laws, regulations and acts. Required surveys or reports will be completed in a timely manner and returned to the governing agency or state bureau within the allotted timeframe

Team Member Training - Environmental training issues that affected personnel will train on include Asbestos Exposure Awareness, Hazard Communication (HAZCOM), Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), Accident Reporting, and Fleet Vehicle Maintenance Procedures.

Licenses and Permits - All required licenses and permits are to be renewed in advance of the current license or permit expiration date. Paperwork required for licenses and permits will be submitted at the beginning of the renewal window, and not less than 45 days from the current license or permit expiration date.

Hazardous Material Storage and Handling - All hazardous chemicals will be stored and handled in accordance with EPA and OSHA regulations. Chemical storage contain ers will be marked in accordance with the Hazardous Material Identification System (HMIS).

Vehicle Emissions - All fleet vehicle drivers are responsible for ensuring that all required state vehicle emission checks are completed by the required date (month and year).

Conservation of Natural Resources - Whenever possible and economically feasible, Black Box offices will participate in local recycling efforts. Paper, aluminum cans, and glass may be recycled in an effort to conserve natural resources and reduce the amount of landfill waste.

Activities

Education-School-Improvement

Education and School Improvement — Sponsorship of Two schools of Amar Jyoti Education Trust

With the philosophy to build a better future for our children and give them the right platform for education, Black Box along with Essar Foundation supported Amar Jyoti Education Trust by contributing funds to enable the institute to provide its students with special aids and tools as required to ensure its students continue to grow and learn despite the challenges posed, including the pandemic. It was the first school providing an inclusionary education for disabled children.

Disability-Project

Disability Project for All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai

Black Box contributed funds to support specifically designed wheelchairs for 27 patients with spine injuries, who require them for their day-to-day mobility. Each wheelchair is specifically customized so as to provide maximum mobility and comfort to the person using it. These patients are restricted in their movements due to spine injury. They have to be helped at every juncture and the Parents of the patients have struggled to cope with this. This initiative was very well received by the parents, one of whom came forward with an emotional appreciation.

Mother-Child-Malnutrition

Mother and Child Malnutrition Project in Trimbakeshwar Tribal Belt

Black Box with the support of Essar Foundation embarked on a journey to support the "Mother & Child Malnutrition Project" which was being implemented by the Shri Ramakrishna Arogya Sansthan, Trimbakeshwar - a non-profit, non-government, charitable organization. Black Box have contributed funds towards this project. The malnutrition program will run for 6 months and will cater to around 400 pregnant women & malnourished children in Palghar, Jawhar, Mokhoda & Trimbakeshwar region.

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