Microsoft to Harden Sustainability Line

Microsoft says it will start requiring some suppliers to provide annual sustainability disclosures starting in 2013.

About a dozen of its key vendors will be notified about the new reporting process in the coming months, Microsoft said.

Microsoft, of course, sells relatively little hardware, most famously its Xbox video game system. (It pulled the plug on the Zune media players earlier this year.) Celestica, Flextronics and Wistron have been some of the xBox manufacturers, and Flextronics also built the Peabody mobile phone platform, and Flex and Hitachi have worked on Kinect. So we have a pretty good idea of who will be on the receiving end of those first phone calls.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow