Samsung Semiconductor has sites in five cities: Giheung, Hwaseong, Pyeongtaek, Onyang and Cheonan. Each site has been striving to reduce their environmental impact while offering support to local communities’ sustainable growth. Our efforts have been focused on sustainable activities to create better everyday lives and a better environment for children and local communities. In 2021, as part of these ongoing efforts, we launched the Upcycling Campaign. We also upcycled the semiconductor kits used during Samsung Semiconductor Science Academy classes and donated the renewed kits to children in need in the local community.
Read on to find out more about our corporate citizenship activities where we used recycled materials to help local children.
At Samsung Semiconductor, we take recycling seriously by
emptying, cleaning and separating the waste we generate. In
we have been able to reduce the amount of plastic waste and recycle more items than before. That averages out to a 7.2-ton monthly increase in recycling and a 1.2-ton daily reduction in waste. The waste separated to be recycled is turned into new material: clear PET plastic bottles are used to make recycled fabrics, paper is used for recycled paper, plastic bags for fuel and coffee capsules for aluminum products. The emptying, cleaning and separating campaign also served as an inspiration for the Upcycling Campaign. And through that campaign, we shared the value of upcycling with children in the community.
used science kits
The kits are
Happy Whale volunteers
Upcycled science kits
The upcycled science kit project was made possible thanks to the students who had attended the Samsung Semiconductor Science Academy. About 80% of the students from four schools in Yongin happily donated their own semiconductor kits, resulting in a total of 324 kits available for upcycling. The kits were sent to a manufacturer to be upcycled and the Samsung Happy Whale volunteers created instructional videos. The students’ science kits were passed to children at the local afterschool centers, along with the joy of sharing, so the children were able to learn more about semiconductors while experiencing sustainable efforts first-hand.
The upcycled science kits were passed from students to the children in the local community, along with the joy of sharing, so the children were able to learn more about semiconductors while experiencing sustainable efforts first-hand.
We are striving to do our part to create better lives for
the community and to create a better future.
And to help children learn about Samsung’s advanced technology as well as experience ways to take steps toward a greener future, we continue to build a sustainable infrastructure for society.
In 2021, Samsung Semiconductor carried out
the Upcycling Campaign, upcycling
single-use plastic waste generated from on-site cafeterias and
the local communities and turning them into pencil cases and
jump ropes which were donated to local children’s centers.
The campaign was held from June 3 to June 11 to celebrate World Environment Day.
Twelve Samsung Foundry teams participated in the campaign’s first season and approximately 1,000 single-use plastic items were turned into felt pencil cases and beaded jump ropes.
The disposable plastic cup lids and plastic yogurt cups were turned into pencil cases and plastic utensils became material for beaded jump ropes. These meaningful presents, created as a result of the first Uplcycling Campaign, were given to 378 children at 14 centers throughout Yongin.
In August 2021, science lab kits were donated to the children at All Together Care Center. This project was led by Happy Whale, a volunteer group of 8 employees on the Foundry Quality & Reliability Team. They wanted to help children who had limited access to learning resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and to help them grow academically. They came up with the idea of upcycling science kits that had been used for the Samsung Semiconductor Science Academy, so children in need could learn about semiconductors at home. The kits included material and how-to videos to make wafer-shaped clocks and light detector circuit timer sensor boards.