At the world economic forum 2015, the top 10 global risks identified continue to include environmental, societal, geopolitical and economic trends that will have significant impact on countries and industries in the next decade. Later in the year, on September 25th 2015, the United Nations rolled out a set of 17 goals as part of a new sustainable development agenda. The UN conference on climate change ("COP21") also came to a historic Paris Agreement on the road to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.
Amidst the backdrop of a faltering global economy and a slowdown in demand in the smartphones and PC segments, China’s economic slowdown has also added uncertainty for the semiconductor sector. The lack of the next growth engine and shrinking consumer demands have pushed many semiconductor companies to seek M&As to strengthen themselves and raise their global competitiveness.
The world is evolving and there could not be a more critical time than now to focus on the environment. Regardless of challenges to the environment and the industry, ASE must accelerate its pace and take bold steps to execute a sustainable development program. In 2015, ASE established the "Corporate Sustainability Committee", led by five executive directors, as the highest level of governance in sustainability within the company. Under the committee, five task force teams were set up to implement sustainability programs.
In an industry that never stops innovating, we have witnessed the mobile and PC computing era evolve into the era of smart connected-living towards a better life. At the same time, this evolution has driven the semiconductor industry to develop sustainable technology to meet the requirements of IoT (internet-of-things), wearables and 3C devices that are energyefficient, smaller in form factor with higher performance and multi-functioning capabilities.
This is where ASE is making a difference with our leadership in the system-in-package ("SiP") for maximum performance and value in system integration. SiP technology enables multiple semiconductor chips and passive components to be integrated within a smaller and more compact module without compromising the functionality and performance of the entire package or module. ASE’s developments in SiP also serve to protect the environment in that its integrated process generally reduces the number of manufacturing steps, uses less material, and increases efficiency in logistics management.
SiP is the blueprint for ASE’s next leap into the era of all things that are connected, multi-functional and energy-saving.
As a leader in SiP technology, ASE recognizes the imperative role that smart information and communication technology applications will play in facilitating the world’s transition into a low-carbon economy.
ASE seeks to proactively leverage the best in technology, manufacturing and human resources within the industry, as well as to strengthen its corporate governance structure, to stay ahead of the competition and provide economic value for society. With the abundant opportunities presented by the advent of IoT, that comprises of billions of connected devices used in every imaginable application, ASE is on track to deliver the best products and solutions with a sustainable business model that reduces our carbon footprint and protects the environment.
In September 2015, the Taiwan High Court, Kaohsiung branch ruled in favor of ASE in relation to the K7 wastewater incident. Since the incident, ASE has further strengthened its internal infrastructures and policies in the management of environmental issues including wastewater discharge. In April 2015, ASE began operating Taiwan’s largest state-ofthe- art wastewater processing and recycling facility at the Nantze Export Processing Zone in Kaohsiung. The facility is capable of recycling water in a matter of 8 hours using reverse osmosis to produce potable water that is 20 times cleaner than tap water. Our facility in Chungli, Taiwan is also raising its water recycling standards and constructing a new wastewater recycling facility to enable a reusable rate of up to 3 times. At ASE, we have set even higher standards than the effluent guidelines specified for wastewater discharged, thereby fulfilling ASE’s commitment that every single drop of wastewater discharged from our facility conforms to the highest effluent standards.
ASE is resolute in our pursuit of a sustainable corporate entity, as well as caring for our 65,000 employees worldwide. We invest immense time and effort in corporate governance and sustainability change management, pollution control, environmental protection, community relations and industry-academia collaborations. We believe also that the consolidation of resources and unity within the Taiwan OSAT industry will lead to measurable results of improving economies of scale and raising higher standards in productivity, research and innovation. This would be a challenging journey beset with obstacles and barriers, but as a company deeply rooted in Taiwan, we believe that commitment to corporate sustainability and global competitiveness will not only revitalize Taiwan’s leadership in the semiconductor industry, but also steer Taiwan towards a low carbon economy.