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We value
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Transparency leads
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to sustainability

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Close-up of Earth in space with the sun in the background.
to sustainability

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We value transparency
chemicals because
we value
the health of the
our employees.

Samsung Semiconductor cares deeply about the environment and the health of employees and that’s why we have strict protocols and systems when it comes to managing chemical substances, and why we work hard to minimize the negative effects of the chemicals used on-site and in our products. Our internal regulations follow global environmental guides including the EU’s RoHS
(Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive and REACH
(Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation. We also have systems in place that monitor each step involving chemical substances, from purchase to
disposal, ensuring a safe and sustainable management of the chemicals. And in the interest of transparency, we have publicly disclosed the Samsung Semiconductor Manufacturing Restricted Substances List since 2018.

Let’s take a more detailed look at what measures we have in place to ensure the chemicals we use are managed in a safe and
sustainable manner.

We help our partners
use chemicals safely.

In addition to conducting regular inspections at our partner sites to make sure the working environment and conditions are safe,
we help our partners establish procedures to handle restricted substances and improve their substance control systems.
We also provide advice on updating local exhaust systems, chemical storage facilities and chemical leakage prevention facilities. In 2020, after carrying out site inspections and consulting for partners that handle chemicals of high concern, 13 partners were able to replace certain chemicals with safer alternatives,
and 7 partners upgraded their local exhaust systems.

The same strict
is applied
to all the
we handle

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analysis lab

Analyzing 6 items
4 types of
Phthalates stated
in RoHS

Environment Chemicals
Integrated Management
System (e-CIMS)

Determining the use of
restricted chemicals
the supply chain

Eco partner

Evaluating our suppliers’
environmental standards in
their parts, raw materials
production processes

We carry out strict control and management of all the chemicals in our products by conducting rigorous preliminary inspections and handling procedures for parts and raw materials.

In addition to maintaining control through our “Standards for Control of Substances used in products”, we also take preemptive measures by setting up plans to reduce the use of substances of concern, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and allergic dyes. Our Environment Chemicals Integrated Management System (e-CIMS) helps us determine the existence of restricted substances in the parts and products of our suppliers, ensuring that our products are safe and sustainable.


We carry out periodic training for employees who handle chemical substances and regular inspections of storage and handling facilities to create an environment for the safe and sustainable management of chemicals. We also set up safety measures at facilities that handle chemicals based on environmental safety expert evaluations. Reducing the use of chemicals is another area we place importance on. And taking a step further, we continue to develop substitute substances, reduce the concentration of chemicals used and discontinue the use of chemicals whenever possible. We also continue to strengthen our chemical management capabilities on all Samsung
Semiconductor sites and work hard to minimize damage in the event of chemical-related accidents.

Even at this

striving to minimize
the impact of
on our
environment and
on our health

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