Sustainability

Sustainability Overview

Arista was founded on the principle of doing things the "Arista Way." The Arista Way is to drive for customer success in every aspect of what we do. We build and deliver innovative, high quality products and services through commitment, innovation and uncompromising focus on customer needs.

This includes a commitment to designing, manufacturing and delivering leading software driven cloud networking solutions in a environmentally and socially sustainable manner. We believe that sustainability and business growth are closely linked, and delivering on products that are sustainable truly enables our customer’s success.

Operations

Arista has offices in the USA, Canada, India, Ireland, Malaysia and Singapore. When we select our office space we ensure that we have an office that not only meets our needs but also aids us in reducing our impact to the environment

Our Santa Clara Headquarters and our San Francisco office are both LEED Gold certified. The certification, awarded by the US Green Building Council, is based on the properties’ use of sustainable materials, water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, location and transportation and overall innovation.

Our headquarters, which are managed by the Irvine Company, include environmentally friendly features such as floor-to-ceiling windows that filter heat and maximize natural light, and energy efficient lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation. In addition, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and landscape irrigation systems are installed to conserve water at a critical time for California. Additional features include alternative commuting with onsite electric vehicle charging stations, priority parking for hybrid vehicles and bike lockers throughout the campus. Nearby light-rail and bus service is provided by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

Product Stewardship

Arista is committed to integrating sustainability in every aspect of our product's life cycle, from the materials that make up our products, all the way to the end of life of the product, while meeting our customer's requirements.

Key areas include:

  • Design for Environment
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Take Back and Recycling
  • WEEE Compliance

Design for Environment

Design for Environment (DfE) is defined as a product design philosophy that considers environmental impact of the product at all stages as early as possible in the design process.

Arista has implemented DfE principles based on the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) 341 standard titled “Environmental design considerations for electronic products” in its development process with the goal of minimizing the overall adverse environmental impact of our products. DfE at Arista focuses on the following design principles:

  • Reduction of material diversity, weight
  • Selection of more environmentally friendly materials
  • Ease of disassembly and recycling
  • Energy efficiency
  • Design for longevity and upgradeability
  • Design for efficient packaging (see packaging)

Energy Efficiency

Our studies have shown, on average, that 75-90% of energy or Greenhouse Gas emissions impact of datacenter switches is during the operation of the product in the datacenter. The percentage of impact depends on the location of installation.

With a large percentage of impact coming from the operation of the product, it is important for continual improvement of energy efficiency of datacenter products.

Energy Efficient Product Design

Arista products are always designed with energy efficiency in mind. Our goals are to design the product using the most efficient components and strive to improve energy efficiency at each generational release of a product.

One approach is minimizing components in the hardware design, while simplifying the architecture, allows for increased energy efficiency. In addition, newer generations of components in our products provide a high ratio of performance, throughput and features to power consumption.

Another issue of energy efficiency is cooling in the datacenter. Datacenter operators need to arrange systems to better utilize cooling within the datacenter and minimize hot spots. Arista products provide our customers with the flexibility to choose the same switch with front to rear or rear to front air cooling, which supports our customer’s data center cooling strategy.

Energy Efficient Power Supplies

For electronic products, there is loss through conversion and delivery of power to the product. Therefore, we work to use power supplies that are of the highest efficiency, which reduces the total product power consumption and heat generated from the power supply.

We work with our power supply manufacturers to ensure the highest efficiency power supplies.

In FY14, 81% of our power supplies shipped to our customers are 80-Plus Gold rated, 18% are Platinum rated and the remaining exceed Silver efficiency. Our newer generation products use Platinum efficiency power supplies. In addition, many of our power supplies use variable speed fans to minimize power consumption while maintaining reliability.

Take Back and Recycling

As a producer of hardware products, Arista offers a takeback and recycle program in our US and European markets, which allows our customers to return end of life products. Our recycling partners use facilities that adhere to the international environmental standard ISO 14001 ensuring returned products are disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

Please contact takeback@arista.com for more information and/or make a request. We will provide you with the necessary forms to complete the request.

WEEE Directive

The European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC, also known as WEEE) has been in effect since 2003. In February 2014, Directive 2002/96/EC has been recast and all member states are required to implement the new Directive (2012/19/EU).

Arista complies with WEEE legislation through the following means:

  • Through the Design for Environment (DfE) program, Arista products are designed for easy disassembly and recycling. All Arista products compliant with WEEE marking requirements. Arista products are marked with the “crossed out wheelie bin” symbol shown below in accordance with the European Standard EN50419.
  • Arista provides notices in its quick start guides on proper disposal of equipment.

For more information, please contact us at sustainability@arista.com

Environmental Compliance

Arista’s product stewardship program takes into account materials, that are regulated through both global product environmental laws and regulations and customer requirements.

We strive to reduce the hazardous materials in our products without degrading product performance and reliability as well as comply with applicable product related environmental laws and legislations on the restriction of certain hazardous substances.

For any inquiries and requests for Certificates of Compliance, contact us at sustainability@arista.com

EU RoHS

Arista products meet the applicable requirements of Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and will continually do so as the directive is updated and amended.

EU REACH

The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH, Regulation EC 1907/2006) is a regulation related to the safe use and identification of chemicals. REACH came into effect on June 1st 2007. Arista is committed to ensuring product compliance with REACH Regulation (EC) 1907/2006. In addition, we require our suppliers to regularly update their REACH compliance status as the REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list is updated every six months.

China RoHS

Arista products meet the requirements of the China Ministry of Information Industry, also known as “China RoHS", as applicable. All Arista products include the Environmental Protection Use Period (EPUP) label on the product, which includes the hazardous substances table in the documentation that is shipped with the product. In addition, our product packaging includes the recycling mark.

EU Batteries Directive

Our fixed configuration switches and the supervisors of our modular systems contain a small coin cell battery, which does not contain mercury, lead or cadmium. The batteries used in these switches comply with the applicable requirements of the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC.

EU WEEE Directive

The European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC, also known as WEEE) has been in effect since 2003. In February 2014, Directive 2002/96/EC has been recast and all member states are required to implement the new Directive (2012/19/EU).

Arista complies with WEEE legislation through the following means:

  • Through the Design for Environment (DfE) program, Arista products are designed for easy disassembly and recycling. All Arista products compliant with WEEE marking requirements. Arista products are marked with the “crossed out wheelie bin” symbol shown below in accordance with the European Standard EN50419.
  • Arista provides notices in its quick start guides on proper disposal of equipment.

Sustainable Packaging

Arista employs a simple ideology in facilitating its packaging program: sustainability and ethical business expansion go hand in hand. Through a proactive approach, a significant emphasis has been placed on quality in packaging without sacrificing the sustainable edge. This is achieved by taking into consideration the entire life cycle of the package, including material sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and end of life. By including the packaging in the product development cycle, Arista has effectively optimized the package/product relationship, thereby finding the most efficient and sustainable method for product protection.

Product/Package cohesiveness entails the understanding that sustainable packaging starts with the product being packaged. Looking at the Product/Package relationship ensures that the entire system is optimized. Packaging engineers work with design teams to implement the most cost effective solutions for structural issues. This practice is done with the understanding that improving product ruggedness should not significantly increase the amount of material, package size, or type of materials required in a package, thus reducing waste while allowing for the use of more environmentally friendly materials.

Arista partners with suppliers that utilize recycled or reusable packaging materials. The majority of Arista’s products ship in corrugated board which contain post-consumer content and the high density polyethylene end caps which protect our products in the box are 100% post-consumer recycled. These packages are designed to optimize the size of the cube, reducing material and energy consumption in manufacturing while lowering the amount of energy required in delivering each product through dimensional weight reduction.

Packaging at Arista starts with recycled materials and ends with recyclable materials. While recycling is vital to the sustainable effort, reusability is equally effective. An effort is currently made to reuse packaging internally wherever possible, and a new program is currently being implemented that will ultimately lead to the reusing of a large percentage of Arista’s cushions, further reducing material and manufacturing impact.

Principles of Sustainable Packaging Design at Arista

  • Product/Package Cohesiveness: Work cross-functionally to ensure that the most cost effective and environmentally sustainable solution is reached in the product/package relationship.
  • Sustainable Material Optimization: Design in materials that adequately protect the product while optimizing the volume of material and utilizing recycled goods.
  • Cube Efficiency Optimization: Reduce Cube size, directly impacting material usage and reducing the amount of energy expended in transportation.
  • Full Life Cycle Planning: Design utilizing recyclable and reusable materials, implementing tools for reclamation of reusable packaging.

Commitment to Recyclability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink

Arista uses recycled and reusable materials in all of its mass produced packaging solutions. Due to a cohesive approach to product/packaging integration, this applies to the vast majority of the products in transport. Arista uses corrugated board that leverages recycled material.

Thermoformed cushions using 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE have been implemented across the spectrum of Arista products, with a minority of cushions utilizing recyclable non-postconsumer content foam material or recycled substitutes.

Due to the nature of some of Arista’s packaging needs, in some instances the use of non-recycled and non-recyclable goods is required, such as with ESD Bags. Arista is working to mitigate the use of these materials through researching new and innovative technologies and through the application of alternatives wherever possible.

For more information about Arista's sustainable packaging design, please contact sustainability@arista.com.

Responsible Supply Chains

In order to manufacture our products, we operate a global supply chain that requires us to interact with suppliers on a regular basis. Therefore, there is a need to manage and improve the environmental and social performance throughout the supply chain in order to conserve resources, save costs, and promote proper social practices.

Industry Code of Conduct

The EICC Code of Conduct is a set of standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain. The standards set out in the Code of Conduct reference international norms and standards including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and ISO and SA standards.

The EICC Code of Conduct is organized in the following sections:

  • Labor
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental
  • Ethics
  • Management systems

Arista is a member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and supports the EICC’s vision and mission, which strives to develop a global electronics industry supply chain that consistently operates with social, environmental and economic responsibility through a common code of conduct, collaborative efforts and shared tools and practices. Arista is committed to progressively align its own operations with the EICC code of conduct and encourages its own first-tier suppliers to do the same.

Supplier Expectations

Our suppliers are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Follow the EICC Code of Conduct
  • Report on adherence to the code via EICC's Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  • Report on Energy/GHG Emissions/Water/Waste impacts
  • Report on compliance to Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank Act (Conflict Minerals)
  • Provide Arista with necessary environmental certificates of compliance for components that are purchased by Arista

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB657) was signed into law in October 2010 and went into effect in January 2012. SB657 requires certain companies who are doing business in California and have annual worldwide revenue that exceeds one hundred million dollars shall disclose on their specific actions to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. Arista Networks supports the goals of SB657 and is a member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) whose vision and mission is to develop a global electronics industry supply chain that consistently operates with social, environmental and economic responsibility through a common code of conduct.

The EICC Code of Conduct includes adhering and recognizing standards, which include freely chosen employment, child labor, discrimination, health and safety, harsh or inhumane treatment, minimum wages, and working hours. Arista takes the following steps to validate the absence of slavery, human trafficking and forced labor in our supply chain:

  • The “Freely Chosen Labor” section of the EICC Code of conduct prohibits forced, bonded, or indentured labor; involuntary prison labor; and slavery or trafficking of persons.
  • Supplier Risk Assessments – we perform supplier risk assessments of our suppliers via the EICC’s self assessment questionnaires and will determine if any action is required
  • Supplier Agreements – Our suppliers are encouraged to adhere to the EICC code of conduct

More information on SB 657 is available here.

Supplier Self Assessments

As new members of the EICC, Arista will use the EICC-On self assessment questionnaire (SAQ) starting in 2015 to determine areas of concern within the supply chain. The SAQ is a questionnaire modeled after the EICC code and allows suppliers to complete one questionnaire which can be shared with all customers who request the data via the tool.

Supplier Environmental Impacts

Another feature of the EICC-On tool is the ability to report and ask suppliers to report energy, greenhouse gas, water and waste data. Beginning in 2015, Arista will be reporting its 2014 environmental impacts and will be requesting all our suppliers to do the same.

Conflict Minerals

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (also known as the Dodd-Frank Act) was approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 22, 2012. This rule requires publicly traded companies subject to the SEC to report annually the presence of “conflict minerals” that “originate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country”in their products.

Arista is a member of the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) and have management systems in place to ensure that the components are sourced responsibility.

Read Arista’s Conflict Minerals Policy Statement Here

For more information, please contact sustainability@arista.com.