Other External Cooperation
Recognizing the need for joint efforts across the entire semiconductor industry in dealing with global issues, such as responses to climate change, preservation of the environment, and conservation of natural resources, the Samsung Semiconductor Division actively participates in various international cooperation activities. Through a joint study with international research institutes, we are developing and applying sustainable manufacturing processes in an effort to provide more environment-friendly semiconductors. As global issues become more important in Korea, Samsung is also cooperating closely with domestic semiconductor companies. Because raw materials are also important in determining the environment-friendliness of products, we are also strengthening cooperation with raw material suppliers.
The WSC consists of six semiconductor industry associations in Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and the US. The council has formed an ESH task force and encourages joint efforts to solve major ESH issues. The ESH task force holds two meetings a year, in February and September, respectively. It reports the result to JSTC and WSC, and obtains their approvals. The ESH task force deals with PFC reduction, energy saving, PFOS, and quantitative target setting. The Samsung Semiconductor Division of Samsung Electronics has actively participated in the ESH task force activities from the early stage and does its best to achieve common industry goals.
Key member companies of KSIA have set up the ESH committee to carry out various activities. The group discusses international environment issues discussed at the ESH task force of the WSC and makes joint responses to them, shares examples of ESH best practices and benchmarking, and provides a common voice for the industry on Korean environment regulations.
There is a growing need for not just productivity improvements in manufacturing processes, but also R&D to solve ESH issues related to processes and products. To this end, through the ESH Technology Center of ISMI, a subsidiary of SEMATECH (SEmiconductor MAnufacturing TECHnology), global semiconductor manufacturers set short-term, mid-term, and long-term tasks and conduct joint studies and benchmarks with each other. The Semiconductor Division of Samsung Electronics participates in the research consortium to solve its ESH-related problems and propose innovative ESH technology tasks, thereby contributing to ESH performance and growth of the semiconductor industry.
The support and cooperation of chemical substance manufacturers and pollution prevention equipment companies are also required to reduce energy consumption, replace hazardous materials in products, and reduce pollutants' emissions. For this reason, SEMI Korea has set up the EHS committee to create a shared platform where semiconductor manufacturers and raw material suppliers can cooperate with each other. The Semiconductor Division of Samsung Electronics, a founding member of the committee, plans to carry out various activities with suppliers.