As a global leader in semiconductor assembly and test, we recognize the need to play a more visible role advocating key issues affecting the industry. Aligning with United Nations' goal of improving the wellbeing of mankind, ASEH is fully committed to initiatives related to our core business and sustainable development (environmental, social and economic aspects). We support initiatives in corporate sustainability and economic development; technological innovation and development; environmental projects; climate change; human rights; and supply chains etc.
In 2019, ASEH contributed US$0.93 million and was active in over 120 external organizations, allowing ASEH to share our value system with industry peers and supply chain partners, and extend a broader social impact.
Participation in Major Industry Associations in 2019:
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)
SEMI is a global electronic manufacturing supply chain industry association. ASEH is actively involved in public policy initiatives and highly supportive of international SEMI events, the promotion of collective interests, and the focus on education, business, technology and sustainable development. Our participation in SEMI allows us to exchange information about market trends, system-in-package ecosystems, heterogeneous integration and advanced IC packaging technology. In 2019, ASEH joined the newly formed Workforce Development Council that supports education and career awareness in the high tech industry. We also participated in the Industry Risk Management and Cybersecurity Technology Forum to promote cybersecurity awareness and risk management. Our executives also serves in many committees including the SEMI Board of Directors, the Advanced Assembly Committee, chair of the SEMI-FlexTech Flexible Hybrid Electronics Committee, and deputy chair of both the Materials Committee and the Semiconductor Smart Manufacturing Committee.
Resources invested (in USD): 133,000
Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA)
ASEH initiated the forming of the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Committee together with OSAT industry peers to work on issues involving industrial safety and environmental protection in Taiwan’s semiconductor industry and propose solutions. The committee provides government agencies with points of reference for the establishment of policies, regulations and standards governing the semiconductor assembly and testing industry. ASEH also built an exchange platform for sharing EHS experiences amongst industry peers. In 2019, the committee discussed three major legislative initiatives to amend regulations:
- Legislative initiatives related to air pollution and greenhouse gas control - amendment of Air Pollution Control and Emissions Standards for the Semiconductor Industry, adoption of the Continuous Emissions Monitoring System that Transfer Data to the Authorities for Stationary Sources of Public-Private Access, and the Semiconductor Assembly and Testing Industry Greenhouse Gas Emissions Control Action Plan.
- Legislative initiatives related to industrial waste disposal - pushed for audits of waste generators and waste management companies and the establishment of waste recovery and processing systems in the semiconductor assembly and testing industry.
- Sustainable supply and circular economy collaboration platform - training course for the adoption of the ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement Standard.
Taiwan Alliance for Sustainable Supply (TASS)
ASEH is a founding member of the Taiwan Alliance for Sustainable Supply (TASS). TASS was founded in 2017 to establish a sustainable development platform and standard that incorporates supply management, logistical processes and information sharing. In 2019, through its continuous organization and promotion of events/initiatives related to sustainable supply and circular economy, the alliance achieved the following:
- Founded the 15T Circular Economy Alliance to establish and promote a cross-industry exchange platform and share information and resources so as to expand its influence and reach an industry consensus
- Sustainable Supply Certification Program - development of interdisciplinary expertise on risk management, legal compliance, procurement and supply
- Organized the Green Circular Sustainable Supply Innovative Technology Research Competition and invited universities and colleges to participate and explore the circular economic needs of the industry, and propose creative and feasible solutions via innovative collaborations
CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Consortium (EPSC)
CALCE EPSC provides a forum for defining fundamental needs in the electronics industry, conducting research, and sharing research findings among participating organizations. The research focuses include risk assessment, mitigation and management for electronic products and systems. CALCE EPSC continues to develop tools and methodologies to help engineers perform electronic product risk assessment, mitigation and management. CALCE EPSC works with companies from across the electronics industry chain, including the entire supply chain for the telecommunications, automotive and aviation industries.
Resources invested (in USD): 65,000
Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)
Founded in 2004 by a group of leading electronics companies, the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of electronics, retail, auto and toy companies committed to supporting the rights and well-being of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. RBA members commit to and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct, and utilize a range of RBA training and assessment tools to support the continued improvement of the social, environmental, and ethical responsibility of their supply chains. RBA regularly engages in dialogue and collaborations with workers, governments, civil society, investors and academia to gather the necessary range of perspectives and expertise to support its members in achieving the RBA mission of a responsible global electronics supply chain. ASEH joined the RBA in 2015 and has since administered annual self-assessment questionnaires (SAQs) at its facilities worldwide in order to identify labor, environmental and ethical risks.
Resources invested (in USD): 35,000