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Our Environmentally Conscious worksites coexist with nature
All of Samsung Electronics’ worksites have obtained environmental management system certification and, as such, practice Eco-management. But our endeavors for the environment do not stop at the boundaries of the worksite. Within all of our worksites, we identify environmental problems and come up with solutions. By pinpointing the root of the problem and taking preventative action throughout the entire worksite system, we ensure that these solutions are not merely temporary or “too little, too late”. Outside of the worksites, meanwhile, we are enthusiastically engaged in biodiversity conservation work with local communities to preserve the ecosystem.
By adopting the environmental management system at all
worksites we have implemented integrated management
In order to practice Eco-management, Samsung Electronics has managed worksites based on international Environment management standards. All of our worksites around the world hold the International Organization for Standardization’s environmental management certification, ISO 14001, and its energy management system certification, ISO 50001. Companies that hope to obtain these certifications must have environmentally conscious business management principles not to mention concrete environmental targets and action plans.
Companies must pass meticulous evaluation on various execution capabilities such as the capability to allocate resources for implementing detailed action plan and the capability to efficiently perform relevant tasks. Moreover, in order to maintain the certifications, companies must receive surveillance audit every year and recertification audit every 3 years. All manufacturing sites of Samsung Electronics successfully passed all these stringent certification processes, but instead of settling for the status quo, we have established standards that are even stricter than these international certification requirements and manage our worksites accordingly. In addition, we have the Global EHS (Environment, Health & Safety) Center and the Global CS (Customer Satisfaction) Center under the direct leadership of the CEO to enable the organization to work systematically and organically.
Environmentally Conscious Worksites KPIEnvironmental Management System Certification Rate
We formulate greenhouse gas reduction policies
and put them into practice
There are actions that can be taken at the company level to cope with climate change. One such measure is to objectively and transparently gauge current performance and identify potential internal improvements. To this end, Samsung Electronics has been verifying its actual greenhouse gas emissions annually through a third party. In addition, based on the diagnoses of in-house examiners, we have sought ways to reduce our emissions and have continuously taken steps to improve. One of our primary focus areas to reduce greenhouse gas has been to constantly strive to lower F-Gas emissions, which has large impact on global warming. This has led to significant progress, particularly in our semiconductor manufacturing operations.
We are working closely with suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
To support suppliers’ use of renewable energy, Samsung Electronics joined the CDP Supply Chain in 2019. Since then, we have been contributing to healthier environment by advising top 200 suppliers (based on amount of purchase) to set targets on using renewable energy. We carried out training on completing the CDP Climate Change questionnaire and investigated greenhouse gas emissions and use of renewable energy for suppliers that generate 80% of their sales from Samsung Electronics. Many suppliers submitted a response to the questionnaire, and suppliers that have voluntarily established greenhouse gas reduction targets were given incentives. Samsung Electronics will continue to provide support and work closely with suppliers so that they may take interest in low-carbon economy and join efforts.
To keep the Earth healthy,
we support biodiversity preservation initiatives
Samsung Electronics leadership and employees are taking part in activities to make a healthy ecosystem. Samsung Electronics shares the basic philosophy behind activities to conserve biodiversity, operates campaigns to promote awareness on its importance, and encourages active participation of our leadership and employees.
We have identified endangered species and their habitats in regions where our manufacturing worksites are located, and we are carrying out biodiversity conservation campaigns with relevant organizations including local communities, public institutions, and academia.
White-naped Crane Conservation – The Restoration of Jaepyeong (Jaedurumi + Haepyeong Wetlands)
In 2013, Samsung Electronics’ worksite in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province became the first in Korea to sign a biodiversity preservation partnership with the central and local governments and universities. Since then, we have supported the artificial insemination of two pairs of endangered white-naped cranes (Korean Natural Monument No. 203) that were brought in from the Netherlands. In April 2016, the Bird Ecological Environment Research Institute was able to successfully breed the birds. This will help to restore the ecosystem of the Haepyeong Wetlands, a habitat for migratory birds, and is a significant contribution to conserving biodiversity.
Preservation of Coastal Sand Dunes
At our Onyang worksite in Chungcheongnam-do Province, we have been cooperating with the Geum River Basin Environmental Office since 2008 to preserve the coastal sand dunes, which are home to two endangered species, the Chinese Egret and the Mongolian Racerunner. Currently, in Boyreong City, we are supporting activities such as ocean cleaning, removing invasive alien plants and protecting the Sohwang sand dune, while in Asan we are supporting the creation of silvergrass habitats.
Eradication of Foreign Fish Species/Plants
Our Giheung and Hwaseong worksites in Gyeonggi-do Province carry out ecosystem preservation activities every year at the Osan and Woncheonri Streams, eradicating foreign species, feeding the wild animals and launching campaigns to protect the environment.