Water is essential to all living things on Earth. Alliance for Water Stewardship ("AWS"), consisting of businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions, is a global cooperative organization that works to protect water.
AWS verifies stable water management, water quality hygiene, water resource conservation, and domestic impact of biodiversity. AWS further assesses a company's level of cooperation with local stakeholders to protect water resources. By virtue of AWS's strict assessment process, any certification by AWS indicates a company's compliance with global standards.
Tens thousands tons of water must be used on a daily basis to manufacture semiconductors. Therefore, Samsung Semiconductor is making great efforts to preserve water resources. Our wastewater purification policy is more stringent than government standards, and by setting specific goals, we are also trying to keep our water usage level consistent. In 2021, we were the first in the semiconductor industry to be certified to have implemented a "water footprint" by the Carbon Trust, and we were credited for our management system that strives to preserve water resources. In 2022, Samsung's Hwaseong site obtained an additional AWS certification. As a result, Samsung Semiconductor is the first in the semiconductor industry to have obtained multiple global water environment certifications. An AWS certification requires a very strict assessment process, and it is very unusual to receive a Platinum rating at the first attempt. These accolades prove that Samsung Semiconductor's water resource management system is excellent even by international standards.
Samsung Semiconductor performs a risk analysis while managing its water supply chain, and collects data on potential problems and impact. Domestic sites disclose relevant information on current status and risks, and closely collaborate with the central government, local governments, and industry partners.
Establish action plans for responsible water resource management. Briefing sessions with environmental groups and environmental workers, communication with local residents, and various channels are used to establish action plans and reach agreements with stakeholders.
Separatley manage water by types , calculate reuse, and set annual savings goals to improve the impact of water resource management. In addition, we encourage our partners to set water management and savings goals and annually monitor their performance so that they can work together to manage water resources.
We evaluate, improve, and update the management performance of the water resources used, and cooperate with NGOs, local researchers, communities, and executives and employees to monitor the ecosystem near the workplace and preserve the river ecosystem.
We are open to the public about the water resources we use and communicate continuously. In addition, the water management strategy is communicated with stakeholders through the Reuse Committee under the Ministry of Environment, and it is transparently disclosed through the company's website and report.
Samsung Electronics is committed to sustainable management. In particular, building on our Hwaseong Plant's Platinum-level AWS certification, we will strive to obtain AWS certification at our other domestic and overseas semiconductor business sites.
Following the acquisition of AWS certification for the Hwaseong Plant, we are pursuing AWS certification for the Giheung Plant, Pyeongtaek Plant, and SCS Corporation. On-site audits for AWS certification will be conducted for the Giheung Plant in September 2023 and the Pyeongtaek Plant in October 2023.
Corporate EVP, Head of EHS Center
(Global Manufacturing &
|Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification|
|Taewoan Koo||Water withdrawal, Discharge water quality, Governance|
|Donghwan Kim||Aquatic ecosystem|
|JongHun Kim||Pyeongtaek EHS Team Environment Group||Pyeongtaek Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification Lead|
|Kyoungjin Heo||Pyeongtaek water withdrawal, governance, aquatic ecosystem|
|Youngdeok Jeong||Pyeongtaek water discharge quality|
|JuSeop Yeom||Corporate Sustainability Management Office(DS)||Stakeholders, Water quality|
※Samsung Semiconductor continues to expand certification from AWS (Alliance Water for Stewardship), a global water environment certification that verifies stable water management, water sanitation, water resource conservation, and impact on business site’s aquatic ecosystem. Samsung Semiconductor‘s Hwaseong campus acquired AWS platinum certification in February of 2023, and is pursuing a multiple site certification for Giheung/Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek site within 2023. By being certified from a globally certified institute, Samsung Semiconductor plans to demonstrate the company’s high-level water resource management capability.
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