As a leading global provider of semiconductor assembly and testing services, ASEH strives to be an active participant in both domestic and international non-profit organizations with links to the industry. Our goal is to advance the semiconductor industry through joint efforts with the international community. We are fully committed to promoting initiatives and work relevant to our core business focus and areas of sustainable development (environmental, social, and economic aspects). These include technological innovation and development, corporate sustainability and economic development, environmental projects, climate change, human rights and the supply chain, and industrial park development. This year, ASEH joined the Taiwan Alliance for Net Zero Emissions as a way of responding to global trends in carbon emissions reductions. The Alliance was founded by the Taiwan Institute of Sustainable Energy (TAISE) to support the United Nations’ and global initiative to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. As a member of the Alliance, we will promote the Net Zero 2030/2050 Initiative and assist with relevant policy recommendations and implementation to advance toward the net zero vision.
In 2021, ASEH contributed US$0.62 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 2021:
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. As an active SEMI member, ASEH also plays a key role on several SEMI committees, including chair of the Assembly and Testing Committee and SEMI-Flextech Committee, deputy chair of the Smart Manufacturing Committee, and member of the MEMS & SENSORS Committee, High-Tech Green Manufacturing Committee, Materials Committee, Testing Committee, and Cybersecurity Committee. The key SEMI initiatives of 2021 are as follows:
- SEMI established the Global Sustainability Committee in 2021. The committee is tasked with (a) building a sustainability roadmap for the semiconductor industry; (b) developing high-tech material evaluation mechanisms; (c) designing a balanced sustainability scorecard; and (d) maintaining the integrity and accuracy of data and information generated by semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers. All of these actions will assist semiconductor manufacturers in Taiwan and worldwide in keeping pace with new global trends and building a green ecosphere together.
- Semiconductor Industry ESG Sustainability Initiative: Industry leaders, government officials, academic scholars, and researchers under this initiative declare their commitment to communicating the core sustainable development goals of the semiconductor industry. ASEH joined the initiative, vowing to bolster the industry’s global competitiveness while still staying true to the principles of sustainability. With a focus on the strategies on integration, expansion, and innovation, we encourage key subsidiaries and business units to practice ESG and devote themselves to becoming sustainability leaders in semiconductor assembly and testing. We strive to generate a positive impact with the hope that semiconductor suppliers in the ecosystem can be a part of building a better future for society.
- SEMI E187: Specification for Cybersecurity of Fab Equipment: SEMI’s Taiwan Cybersecurity Committee has published SEMI E187: Specification for Cybersecurity of Fab Equipment. This Standard sets basic requirements in four areas: Operating system (OS) support, network security, endpoint protection, and security monitoring. ASEH has joined the Semiconductor Supply Chain Cybersecurity Alliance, whose goal is to bring together industries, government agencies, academia, and research communities to build a resilient semiconductor supply chain and ensure the information security of industries in Taiwan and around the world.
- SEMI PV Public Advocacy: This initiative is a response to domestic and international trends in carbon neutrality policy in industrial development. With the aim of developing a sound environment for Taiwan’s net zero transition, the initiative covers three major topics on the sustainable development of solar photovoltaics: how green electricity can take into account both societal and environmental needs; the credibility and feasibility of a symbiosis between agriculture, fisheries, and electric power; and capacity development and industrialization for PV transformation. Through this initiative, we are able to continuously take stock of material issues related to the development of the solar photovoltaic industry, and have put forth 5 major declarations on 13 topics.
Resources invested (in USD): 132,000
Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA)
ASEH is one of the founding members of the Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) Committee–Assembly and Test Working Group, which is affiliated with the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA). The committee was formed to address industrial safety and environmental issues and provide references for government agencies to formulate policy and regulations related to the outsourced semiconductor assembly and testing (OSAT) industry. It actively participates in international industrial safety and environmental protection organizations and activities, and assists the regulatory authorities in formulating regulations and articles that closely reflect industry and social trends. We are a TSIA member and hold a director position in the association. The key initiatives and programs promulgated by TSIA in 2021 are as follows:
- Discussing and advocating laws to reduce the impacts of the assembly and testing industry: The committee discusses and advocates laws governing air pollution control, waste management, chemical management, and water discharge; and summarizes and analyzes laws on occupational safety and health, pollution control, and RoHS enforced in South Korea, the United States, Mainland China, Japan, and the European Union to provide references for the government.
- Conducting GHG inventories: We adopted CNS 14064-1 to conduct the Assembly and Testing Working Group GHG inventory, complete joint GHG verification, meet customer and government requirements, and obtain a verification statement; and wrote a GHG emissions report to explain the GHG emissions of the semiconductor assembly and testing industry in Taiwan and demonstrate the TSIA’s management strategy and determination to reduce the GHG emissions of the assembly and testing industry.
- Promoting the auditing of industrial waste disposal plants and sources of waste generation: An audit of 2 waste disposal plants and 7 sources of waste generation in the assembly and testing industry was completed in 2021.
- Assisting with the promotion of a cooperative platform for supply chain sustainability and circular economy: We host Asia’s Sustainable Supply and Circular Economy Conference and Exhibition, support the Financial Supervisory Commission’s Green Finance Action Plan 2.0 and Corporate Governance 3.0, spearhead companies addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues, and promote a virtuous cycle of investment in and industrial pursuit of sustainable development.
Resources invested (in USD): 130,000
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 as a member in 2015 and has since administered annual self-assessment questionnaires (SAQs) at its facilities worldwide in order to identify labor, environmental and ethical risks. In 2021, the RBA announced a new policy and approach to protect workers from exposure to hazardous process chemicals during manufacturing, which includes the establishment of an Industry Focus Process Chemicals List (IFPCL).
Resources invested (in USD): 35,000
Munbal Industrial Park Association
ASE Korea is a founding member of the Munbal Industrial Park Association which was established in 1994 in Munfa-dong, Paju-si, Korea. The association’s mission is mainly to improve workplace environments, such as amenities in industrial parks, environmental beautification, and upgrading old facilities. In addition, the association also offered suggestions to the Paju-si and Gyeonggi Province officials on areas of improvement in the industrial park. The following are major 2021 projects:
- Establishment and implementation of a free COVID-19 test center in collaboration with Paju City Health Center.
- Implementation of regular quarantine activities in the Industrial Park Area.
- Red Cross donation to help the needy neighbors.
- Upgrade of landscaping in the Industrial Park Area.
- Additional installation of street lights around ASE KOREA.
Resources invested (in USD): 28,000
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. As a member of IEEE, ASEH actively engage with members of the international community on the latest technological trends and attend conferences and professional activities. In 2021, the IEEE conducted a global research survey of 350 technology giants in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, India, and Brazil whose results showed that artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, and 5G will be critical technologies in 2022.
Resources invested (in USD): 27,000