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Business Conduct and Ethics

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ASE believes that corproate sustainable development is vital to ASE’s long-term strategies and success. To help ASE practice good corporate citizenship and social responsibility in enterprise operation, ASE has formulated Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. Standards of business conduct and ethics are prescribed clearly and thoroughly in aforementioned policies and specifications, with the aim of fostering a culture of honesty and accountability and realizing ASE’s commitment to the highest level of ethical conduct in all ASE’s business activities.

As the highest governance body of ASE’s business conduct and ethics, Corporate Sustainability Committee (the “CSC”) coordinates and supervises the establishment and implementation of the ethical corporate management policies and specifications. The CSC periodically reviews the promotion of business conduct and ethics and the compliance of policies and specifications, and reports to the board of directors. The Corporate Governance Taskforce under the CSC promotes ethical policies and specifications to our global manufacturing sites and assits in managing and adopting appropriate policies and specifications to ensure ethical management in compliance with the requirements of local laws and regulations. Global manufacturing sites are responsible for planning the internal organization, structure, and allocation of responsibilities, formulating standard operating procedures and conduct guidelines in accordance with corporate policies and specifications, and promoting awareness and educational activities with respect to ethics policy in internal management and in daily operation. The Group Internal Audit is in charge of supervision to ensure the operating effectiveness of reporting system.

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All ASE’s members shall comply with all provisions of business conduct and ethics policies and specifications. ASE’s members and any third party may use the following channels to report any violation, suspected violation or any conduct that could result in a violation of ethical management or commercial ethics:

External Channel for Reporting

Internal Channel for Reporting

  1. General Manager Mailbox
  2. Human Resource Mailbox
  3. Employee Appeal Hotline
  4. Sexual Harassment Prevention Hotline
  5. Code of Conduct Compliance Reporting System

Upon receipt of the report, ASE will investigate and handle the report according to the aforementioned policies and principles.

A whistleblower shall report, either with name or anonymously, a violation by providing specific facts, related information and documents available for investigation. Unless otherwise provided by laws, ASE and the third parties appointed by ASE to assist in the investigation will keep confidential the identity and privacy of a whistleblower and/or the content of his/her report to the fullest extent permitted by law so as to protect him/her from any unfair retaliation or treatment.

2020 Programs and Implementation

ASEH strives to implement policies and specifications related to business conduct and ethics through various ways such as policies and specifications establishment and educational training. The projects promoted and implemented in 2020 are as follows:

  • Education and training programs
    1. Among the board, eleven board members (accounted 85%) attended a course on ‘How Directors and Supervisors Oversee the Company to Conduct Fraud Detection and Prevention and Establish a Whistleblowing Mechanism to Enhance Corporate Governance’. The course includes information on regulations governing stakeholder and insider transactions.
    2. We rely on email communication to senior executives at our business locations worldwide to communicate fraud reporting status. This enables prompt review and strengthens our risk management in fraud prevention, control and detection. We also conduct in-person and online meetings on anti-fraud management that includes the handling, reporting and processing of fraudulent activities. We encourage employees to be proactive in fraud disclosure to further strengthen the identification and prevention measures.
    3. ASEH’s business locations around the globe have conducted business practices and ethics-related training to all employees through in-person, online and e-mail communication, as well as announcement and dynamic advocacy to conduct, with the topics covered including the following:
      1. usiness conduct and ethics-related issues such as ethical management, anti-corruption, avoidance insider trading, fair competition and antitrust, respect intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and information security (174,542 participants clocked a total of 75,821 hours on the course).
      2. RBA Code of Conduct (56,630 participants clocked a total of 75,597 hours on the course).
      3. Employee Code of Conduct at all business locations (10,872 participants clocked a total of 3,795 hours on the course).
  • Risk assessment: All of our sites around the world have conducted business ethics risk assessment, in which no major business ethics risks have been identified.