R2:2013 requires the responsible management of Focus Materials throughout the recycling chain. Throughout the R2:2013 standard, various requirements are imposed on the need for qualification or “due diligence” of downstream vendors. Typically more than one recycler will handle the equipment while it falls in the definition of Focus Materials. This is standard practice in the electronics reuse and recycling industry.
Due diligence is a systematic review of the risks of downstream vendors. However, the process, application of requirements, and outcomes will vary by each vendor. As much as anyone tries to make the process exact, in the end judgments need to be made on the qualifications of each candidate. The information and templates within this document are templates meant to facilitate the process design for any company. These templates are a beginning. Each implementation should consider how to use these baselines to build a competent evaluation of downstream vendors.
Having a vendor complete a questionnaire is not an assessment of the vendor’s conformance to the R2:2013 requirements. Any questionnaire must be followed by an evaluation of the evidence provided and a validation of that information. The outcome is intended to be a responsible recycling chain.