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Environmental, Safety & Energy Policy
A developer and producer of cutting-edge electronic parts, Samsung Electro-Mechanics recognizes the growing importance of complying with international standards and regulations on environmental protection, safety, health, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions. The company continues to contribute to the worldwide efforts for sustainability by making its working sites cleaner and safer, and better planning its measures against climate change.
- Freeing all products from harmful substances
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy efficiency
- Making all working sites safer, healthier, and cleaner
- Minimizing risks based on scientific thinking and continuous improvements
- Complying with global standards
- Sharing the environmental, safety, and energy policies with stakeholders
Environmental management System
Global Safety and Environmental Management System
Samsung Electro-Mechanics established the international standard system of the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 completely to all sites This is utilized as the means of a strategy to implement corporate social responsibilities in alignment with internal sustainable management strategies, while continuing to unfold improvement programs.
Korea, where we have Suwon, Busan and Sejong sites , has been designated by the UN as a country with water shortage. Failure to secure a sufficient amount of water as well as the quality of water resouces needed for manufacturing could be a severe obstacle against business continuity in the regions by inducing lower production capabilities and higher operational costs for water treatment. Against this backdrop, Samsung Electro-Mechanics conducts risk analysis of water resources incurred by business activities every year, and operates a severe internal standard for water quality management.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics has installed and secured anti air pollution prevention facilities to minimize air pollutants that occur on sites and manage leakage risks, and oversee the status of normal operations in real time through the monitoring system, managing the emission density at 30% below the statutory standards. In adopting new manufacturing processes, the safety environment assessment system is used to review expected pollutants, emissions and process instruments to prioritize pollutants.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics conduct various activities to raise efficiency in resources by reducing the amount of usage, making products smaller and converting waste into resources again in order to raise efficiency in resources throughout the product manufacturing process. We set a goal to maintain the waste-recycling rate at 80% above the target level by 2017. To this end, we improve the equipment handling process by applying the standards of Samsung Group for communication with employees and the safe environment based on 3P(Proper Items, Proper Quantity and Proper Place) and 5S (Sorting, Straightening, Shining, Standardizing and Sustaining), and 5-stack segmented close management of sites with site managers/supervisors in each business division.
Product Environment Policy
Samsung Electro-Mechanics restricts the use of hazardous materials in products it manufactures and raw materials procured. This is to respond to the trend where product-related environmental regulations including the EU RoHS and the REACH have been intensified, and the demand for corporate social responsibilities has increased. Samsung Electro-Mechanics also changes such materials with alternatives to provide eco-friendly
products to customers.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics voluntarily manages all materials ranging from raw materials of suppliers to its products, including key chemicals such as halogen, antimony and beryllium, besides statutorily regulated materials at home and abroad. These also include 6 materials subject to the EU RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH SVHC (Substance of Very High Concern) and phthalates.
Management of Hazardous Materials to the Environment
Samsung Electro-Mechanics operates the product environment management system to efficiently respond to product information requests from customers as well as requests for the management of hazardous materials. All raw material suppliers in transactions with us are obligated to prove that they comply with our standards by submitting a test report of hazardous substances and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) through the green purchase system.
As such, we stably provide eco-friendly products to customers, which contain no regulatory materieals, by databasing the chemical substance information of all materials.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics acquires ‘carbon labeling’ for its major products, responding to the eco-friendliness of products and carbon emissions demanded by the global sustainable management initiatives including CDP, DJSI and customers. In 2010, Samsung Electro-Mechanics acquired the carbon labeling for the first time as an MLCC company, with the labeling of 3 products as of 2015, planning to expand product certification in the future.
Climate change & Energy
Samsung Electro-Mechanics resolves climate change driven uncertainties by reflecting carbon management strategies throughout the entire management activities, by aligning them with business strategies, raising values of shareholders and investors and beefing up trust with customers. We established a system to initiate activities to lower the GHG. All GHG emission sources are indexed which are generated in the production process of products, and their emissions are calculated to share the information. We identify the emission sources (SCOPE 3) in the corporate value chain based on the WRI/WBCSD Guideline, and calculate the amount of emissions.
The scope of the GHG verification covers production firms, branch factories, warehouses, research centers and sales offices
per region. Among them, the scope included in Samsung Electro-Mechanics’s emissions covers production subsidiaries and branch factories whose buildings are owned by Samsung Electro-Mechanics. We report the GHG amount emitted by buildings we use on lease contracts in Korea, which is included in the company-wide emissions (SCOPE 1/SCOPE 2).
The verification standards include the Operational Guideline on the GHG and Energy Target Management System under the Ministry of Environment, the IPCC Guideline: 2006, ISO 14064-1·3 and the WRI/WBCSD SCOPE 3 Guideline. The data are compilations of activity data regarding the amount of energy used, entered by each site and supporting materials (procurement-based documents including receipts and invoices) through Samsung Electro-Mechanics’s IT system for climate change (GHG inventory).
Samsung Electro-Mechanics continues to carry out company-wide energy reduction activities by aligning the target management standards for the annual energy usage amount, with the previous year’s results. Since 2008, Samsung Electro-Mechanics’s energy reduction techniques used in numerous productions are spread to business partners through energy consulting, which paves the way to set up a stable and efficient energy management system, thereby enabling Samsung Electro-Mechanics and its’ business partners to enjoy shared growth. We continue to conduct activities generating tangible performance by taking the lead in participating in energy-related pilot projects of the government.
Eco Culture Program Management
The SEM has promoted activities within our established areas in cooperation with the government agencies, including the ecology park generation, the invasive alien plants and animals extermination. Expert training programs on biodiversity consultations and the “Excellent ecosystem area preservation’ project engagement, which has been systematically executed at our Sejong branch. In September 2013, we signed the agreement with the ministry of environment to have “Declaration for biodiversity preservation and the sustainable use” established for various of activities in hopes to preserve the biological diversity.
Associated with Suwon City and local environmental groups, Suwon plant pursues restoration of the Won-cheon stream eco-system by building an eco-park (seeding flowers and sanitation), analyzing the pollution level of the stream and regularly evaluating environmental influence by the plant. The Sejong plant performs ‘One Company for One Stream’ activity near Keum River for a few years, and since 2006, we agreed on the convention regarding excellent protection and management for the eco-system with the Keum River agency. For commending supporters’ wetland protection, the Busan plant designated the downstream region of Nakdong River as the ‘One Company for One Wetland’ region and participateed in continuous wetland protection activities with all employees by cleaning regularly and collecting waste.
Eco Culture Program Management Status
|Area||Related organization||Main agreement||Active area|
|Suwon||Suwon city hall, Suwon 21st joint conference||Save the environment||Suwon environment|
|Sejong||Yeongi County Office||Save the river||Yeongi-gun Mihocheon, Hapgang|
|Guem River Basin Environmental Office , Boryeong city, green Boryeong21 promoting council||Sohwangsagu Eco-center development business||Boryeongsi, Sohwangsagu|
|Busan||Nakdong River Basin Environmental Office||Wetlands cultivation agreement||Nakdong River Basin preservation|
6 Principles of Joint Statement
1. Understand the value of biological diversity
2. Government expands the biological diversity policies and corporations consider the preservation of biological diversity under decision making processes
3. Participate together to practice preservation of biological diversity
4. Cooperate for the usage of sustainable biological resources by the industries
5. Exchange and cooperate with related domestic and foreign organizations for the preservation of biological diversity
6. Work to raise public awareness of biological diversity
We systematically implement the management standards prescribed by laws, while fulfilling facility standards stipulated in domestic chemical substance-related laws. In 2015, the Chemicals Control Act and the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (often referred to as K-REACH) took into effect. Therefore, we do the best to comply with related laws by managing the registration of new chemicals, managing the safety of materials against accidents and writing a plan on safety management against chemicals-related accidents for the safety of those on the demands side.
Preemptive Safety Assessment
Samsung Electro-Mechanics conducts the preemptive safety assessment on all chemicals entering it by establishing a system for managing them. We fully respond to not only global regulations including REACH(Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) being spotlighted at home and abroad, but also the domestic regulations including Chemicals Control Act, the Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals and the Safety Control of Dangerous Substances Act.
Safety Measures for Facilities Handling Chemicals
We conduct self-investigation on the current status of facility protection (automation and sealing) as well as inspection for chemical substance treating facilities for the Manufacturing Division, and maintain protective functions through periodic performance check.