We reduce the impact of our manufacturing activities on resources and local communities, while building a resilient supply chain.
|Labor & Human Rights
We are committed to ensure that all the workers in our operations and supply chain are treated with respect and dignity. Our human rights policies are in line with international laws and accepted practices including the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, International Labor Organization conventions and the United Nations Global Compact. In 2005, we adopted the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA, formerly EICC) code of conduct.
|Health & Safety
We are commited to protecting the health and safety of employees, contractors and visitors by providing a safe working environment, preventing work injuries and illnesses, and providing access to healthcare.
Semiconductor manufacturing is performed in a stable, energy-intensive production environment. Today, we remain more committed than ever to reducing energy consumption and its associated carbon footprint through programs to increase efficiency and conserve energy, as well as purchasing CO2-free and renewable energies.
It takes significant volumes of ultra-pure water to manufacture semiconductors and processed wastewater can have a negative environmental impact. At ST, we are committed to reducing water use and ensuring high standards of effluent and wastewater treatment. We also believe it is important to identify and manage water-related risks and opportunities, including the impact on local communities.
|Greenhouse Gases & Air Emissions
Our direct emissions derive mainly from the PFCs (Perfluorinated Compounds) widely used in our manufacturing processes. To reduce these emissions, we encourage our sites to find solutions to replace high GWP (Global Warming Potential) gases with lower ones, or with GWP-free alternatives.
Waste is another key concern because of its potentially negative impact on the health and safety of employees and the environment. We are committed to reducing, re-using, recycling and managing waste streams from manufacturing sites including hazardous substances, metals, packing, plastics and other non-biodegradable materials.
Many substances used for manufacturing semiconductors can be hazardous for the environment, health and safety, particularly in Front-end activities. We therefore pay special attention when managing chemical substances and materials to avoid potential exposure, while also complying with legal and customer requirements.
Our progress and performance on these programs are available in our annual Sustainability Report.