Economic Sustainability

Snap-on is committed to creating high quality products, while providing a safe and healthy workplace and to acting as an environmentally responsible neighbor. It is our ongoing goal to make health, safety, and the environment priorities as we manage existing and develop new products and processes. We believe that setting and attaining environmental goals, as part of our daily operations, can and should promote our economic health and operational growth, and as such, should help to safeguard natural resources and the environment.

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  Design for Environment

Snap-on aims to manufacture its products efficiently while maintaining high quality and remaining competitive in the global marketplace.  To accomplish this, Snap-on implements product innovation and design practices aimed at reducing the impact on the environment, including reducing packaging and using wood handles certified according to the Forest Stewardship Council.

  Product Safety

Snap-on is committed to ensuring the safety of those who use our products. This commitment begins with the design and manufacture of products that meet or exceed all applicable safety standards, but it goes far beyond that.

  • Our tools and equipment are marked with important WARNINGS and safety messages that guide safe use.
  • We provide detailed instructions for proper and safe use when needed.
  • We have the right variety of tools and equipment so that users have the right tool for each job.
  • We offer a wide variety of safety equipment to protect users at times when they need to be in harm’s way.
  • Many of our tools are ergonomically designed to mitigate repetitive motion injury for users.

Our Product Safety Guidelines are based on the belief that the safety of customers and users of Snap-on’s products is of the highest importance, so we endeavor to:

  • Provide safe products for customers,
  • Inform our customers of the safe use of our products by appropriate instructions and safety messages, and 
  • Conform to applicable safety standards.

Product Safety Recalls, Product Safety Advisories, and Product Safety Retrofits relate to actions necessary to ensure safe use of products already in use. For more information, please visit our Product Safety page.

  Product Regulatory Compliance

Product regulatory compliance for all Snap-on products includes safety approvals and certifications, radio transmission certification, EMC compliance as well as environmental requirements including energy efficiency.
From time to time, governmental authorities issue product-based directives that regulate product content in a manner which restricts ingredients or imparts a ban on the sale of non-compliant products or packaging in designated geographic regions. Examples include, without limitation, RoHS, WEEE, decaBDE, REACH and DMF regulations in the European Union, California Rigid Plastic Packaging Containers and California Proposition 65. 
In addition, Snap-on is subject to regulations regarding CONFLICT MINERALS as set forth in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and any rules and regulations promulgated from time to time with respect thereto (the “Conflict Minerals Rules”).  
Under no circumstances will banned substances be present in Snap-on products, or used in the manufacture of Snap-on products.
To ensure there is no interruption in our supply chain, Snap-on requires suppliers to comply with all regulations applicable to the goods supplied.
Snap-on suppliers are required to comply with all applicable product requirements, and are required to immediately notify Snap-on in writing of any non-compliance that could impact product supply or distribution. Suppliers also complete and sign specific Snap-on compliance surveys upon request, and agree to undergo periodic audits conducted by Snap-on, or by a third party designated by Snap-on, to verify compliance with applicable product requirements and to enable Snap-on to comply with its obligations under the Conflict Minerals Rules. 

Conflict Minerals Policy

  Upskilling the Workforce

On manufacturing floors, in automotive garages and aviation hangars, and even in harm’s way, serious professionals are performing critical tasks, where the cost of failure is high. Without these professionals, our economy and our society as a whole would not work. Snap-on has a deep respect for the dignity of this work. These jobs are no less important today than they were a century ago. Unfortunately, while the skills needed to perform them have increased dramatically, the respect for those jobs has dimmed. 

Over the last several decades, fewer young people have chosen a technical career path, resulting in a shortage of skilled workers and a serious skills gap. As a result, thousands of good, honorable, and needed jobs are going unfilled. At Snap-on, we view the upskilling of the workforce as the seminal issue of our time. No path to prosperity is possible without hard-working, skilled professionals and a strong middle class.

When it comes to career and technical education (CTE) and technical jobs, we realize there is a serious public relations problem. Snap-on continues to drive for change in how these jobs are perceived by students, parents, and society. Some say these jobs are the consolation prize of our society. We say they are a national calling, critical to our future and deserving of our utmost respect. Snap-on is fully committed to tackling this issue with numerous collaborators across the U.S. and the globe.

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