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Avnet Awarded ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Certification

Oct 16, 2007

Meets International Requirement for Environmental Control Processes

PHOENIX -- Avnet, Inc., a global technology distributor (NYSE: AVT), today announced its environmental management system has been certified to ISO 14001:2004 by QMI, an accredited quality systems registrar for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The formal certification reflects Avnet's commitment to implement, maintain and improve its environmental management system, which includes processes such as recycling, reduction of energy consumption, and the proper handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

Created by the ISO, 14001:2004 is a globally recognized environmental management system standard that specifies a process for controlling and improving a company's environmental performance. An internationally recognized standard, ISO 14001:2004 assesses organizations for quality procedures in their regulation of environmental management systems, including environmental impacts, regulatory and legal compliance, and continued environmental improvement.

"Government and industry regulations have increased the awareness of green issues, especially in the technology industry," said Jim Smith, president of Avnet Logistics. "Many of our customers are requiring proof that Avnet's processes meet their international green procurement requirements. With ISO 14001:2004 registration, Avnet further demonstrates its ongoing dedication to environmental compliance and continuous pursuit of operational excellence."

Valid for three years, certification applies to Avnet's operations in the Americas, including its Chandler, Ariz., Phoenix, Ariz., and Grapevine, Tex. logistics facilities. Avnet's global logistics requirements are supported by Avnet Logistics, which provides its customers with supply chain consulting services and integrated solutions, including planning, warehousing, electronic product modification services and transportation management.

About Avnet

With more than 300 locations serving customers in 70-plus countries worldwide, Avnet markets, distributes and adds value to the products of the world's leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Additionally, Avnet brings a breadth and depth of service capabilities, such as supply-chain optimization, logistics solutions, product assembly, device programming, computer system integration and engineering design assistance. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Avnet generated revenue of $15.68 billion. Visit


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