As a global industry leader in semiconductor assembly and test, ASEH aims to be an advocator for important issues in the semiconductor industry and is committed to working together with the international community to advance the semiconductor 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 2020, ASEH contributed US$0.63 million and was active in over 140 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 2020:
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 2020, SEMI created the High-tech Innovation and Startup Platform to encourage companies to extend the use of venture capital, acquisition and private equity funds that could help create more innovation, increase competitive advantages and support startups to connect with global markets. ASEH is an active SEMI member and has a seat on the Board of Directors. ASEH is also represented in numerous SEMI committees including the chair of the Packaging and Test Committee, Smart Manufacturing Committee and SEMI FlexTech Committee and deputy chair of the Semiconductor Materials Committee. The key SEMI initiatives of 2020 are as follows:
- Talent cultivation for the semiconductor industry. A Semiconductor Industry Development Promotion Committee was established to provide advice on policies that are focused on cultivating talents, semiconductor technologies, localizing equipment and reinforcing cybersecurity.
- Photovoltaic energy policy. Cooperating with the government to promote energy transition on a large-scale, as well as stipulate clear-cut policies and regulations, so as to realize the vision of a green economy.
Resources invested (in USD): 154,000
Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA)
Initiated by ASEH and a group of outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) companies, the Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) Committee - Assembly and Test Working Group was formed to address industrial safety and environmental issues and provide references for government agencies to formulate policies and regulations related to the OSAT industry. An ESH sharing platform was also established for members to exchange ideas and share best practices related to environmental safety and health. We are a TSIA member and hold a director position in the association. The key initiatives and programs promulgated by TSIA in 2020 are as follows:
- Initiative on the control of air pollution sources and greenhouse gases. Actions on the control of greenhouse gas emissions, revision of the OSAT industry’s air pollution control and emission standards, installation of automatic public surveillance systems and establishing communication with main authorities.
- Initiative on disposal of industrial waste. Promoting the auditing of industrial waste disposal plants and source of waste generation. Conducted 8 events to promote waste recycling systems in 2020.
- Initiative on the creation of a cooperative platform for supply chain sustainability and a circular economy. The Assembly and Test Working Group has helped to establish sustainable material data standards; consolidate international guidelines, regulations, and corporate internal control needs; and develop standardized and mobility management models, resulting in the availability of complete data for managing operations and emergency responses.
Resources invested (in USD): 128,000
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. The Worker Voice Platform was launched in 2020 by the RBA to provide employees with diverse methods for expressing their opinions, giving feedback and learning important professional and personal skills. The platform also aims to increase the company’s visibility and help alliance members and their suppliers to improve conditions across the global supply chain.
Resources invested (in USD): 35,000
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. ASEH is a founding member of TASS and hold the deputy chair position. The 2020 initiatives and activities for promoting supply chain sustainability and a circular economy are as follows:
- Conducted the 2nd certified sustainable supply professional (CSSP) course to cultivate talents across different disciplines covering risk, compliance, procurement and supply frameworks.
- Organized the 1st Green Circular Technology Innovation and Research Competition focusing on energy and resources as major themes, to connect the skills needed in the market with those taught in schools. The event attracted 39 teams from 19 universities and was relatively successful in promoting sustainable technology innovation and achieving a framework for enabling a circular model.
- Hosted the 1st TASS 2020 Asia’s Sustainable Supply and Circular Economy Conference and Exhibition, which included 10 professional forums, 80 sustainable energy business opportunity matchmaking meetings and over 350 exhibiting booths, attracting news media and more than 10,000 visitors. The event created an abundance of cooperative opportunities and business benefits.
Resources invested (in USD): 34,000
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 2020 projects:
- Improving old parking lots and adding additional spaces
- Repairing the roads in the industrial park and improving the sidewalks
- Operating COVID-19 checkpoints
Resources invested (in USD): 28,000