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Samsung semiconductor’s
independently
developed index, SEPI*

*Semiconductor Environmental Performance Index

Samsung
Semiconductor
guides more
companies to
implement stricter
environmental
policies

SEPI, an index for environmental efforts

and a signpost for Samsung Semiconductor’s
way forward

SEPI, an index for

environmental efforts
and a signpost for Samsung Semiconductor’s way forward

Samsung Semiconductor’s
Green Efforts

Samsung
Semiconductor’s
Green Efforts

Eco-friendly activities
  • Manufacturing high-performance,
    low-power chips to reduce
    greenhouse gas emissions
  • High-efficiency facilities and
    advanced
    technology for reducing
    energy use
    during production
  • Improved waste management and
    recycling to minimize
    environmental
    footprint
Eco-friendly progress
  • Environment-friendly product
    certifications
    from Korea and abroad
    (certified by Korea
    Environmental
    Industry Technology Institute
    under the
    Ministry of Environment)
  • Using 100% new and renewable
    energy
    overseas
  • Site certifications from the Carbon Trust
    (Carbon/Water/Waste)

The Semiconductor is a key contributor to Korea’s economic growth, and here at Samsung Semiconductor, we continue to make strides in reducing our carbon footprint throughout the value chain.

Samsung Semiconductor’s SEPI
provides a universal standard for
environmental management for
semiconductor companies

Samsung Semiconductor’s SEPI provides a universal
standard for environmental
management for
semiconductor companies

With semiconductors being used in more and more places, their environmental impact on industries around the world continues to grow. As a result, while there is mounting pressure on semiconductor companies to implement sustainable environmental practices, a lack of specific environmental management guidelines is creating confusion among many semiconductor companies.

It can be confusing for semiconductor companies to adhere to evaluation standards, because domestic and foreign evaluation agencies related to ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) have different evaluation indexes and ratings. Experts cite ESG's short history and its evaluation structure without an academic foundation as a reason why ESG evaluation indexes vary from institution to institution.

Samsung Semiconductor has developed its own Semiconductor Environmental Performance Index (SEPI) to provide environmental management guidelines that take into account the specificity of the industry and help initiate these practices throughout the semiconductor industry.

SEPI, developed by Samsung Semiconductor,
is the indicator to show the semiconductor companies’ environmental performance.

SEPI, developed by Samsung Semiconductor,
is the indicator to show the semiconductor companies’ environmental performance.

SEPI was developed in cooperation with KPMG, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. We use our SEPI results to communicate our environmental efforts to all interested parties, from semiconductor experts, environmental certification organizations, media outlets to our customers. As an industry leader, the SEPI helps Samsung Semiconductor to share environmental management knowledge and experience, and spread it throughout the semiconductor industry.

Let’s find out more about how SEPI works and how environmental practices are assessed.

Indicators beyond indicators
The starting line and reference point for
establishing a foundation for cooperation
SEPI in the words of the experts

Indicators beyond
indicators
The starting line and
reference point for
establishing a foundation
for cooperation
SEPI in the words of the
experts

To secure SEPI's credibility, Samsung Electronics established the SEPI Review Committee. Composed of five experts from the academic, semiconductor industry and certification fields, the Committee checks the suitability of details and logic of SEPI, an environmental management performance indicator, while taking the characteristics of the semiconductor industry into account.

At a time when the semiconductor’s industry needs to change its overall perception of environmental management efforts and needs, the review committee expects that SEPI will go beyond mere indicators and become a new beginning for the semiconductor industry. This is because SEPI enables a fierce and systematic internal evaluation of a company, and through SEPI, companies can accurately and efficiently communicate with stakeholders such as the government and consumers. To discuss the role and meaning of SEPI in more detail, we’ve spoken with industry experts: Seung-jick Yoo, Professor of Environmental and Climate Change Studies at Sookmyung Women's University, Byung-ok Ahn, Professor of Convergence Engineering, Hoseo University, Eric Jeon, UL Korea’s Environment & Sustainability Manager, Ki-hyun Ahn, Vice President of the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association and Jung-nam Kim, Partner at Samjong KPMG, ESG & Strategy.

  • "SEPI can provide directiobnfor environmental management and play a key role in responding to external risks such as regulations and reputation." Byung-ok Ahn, Professor of
    Convergence Engineering,
    Hoseo University
  • “At a time when Korea imposes strong sanctions on climate change and carbon neutrality,
    SEPI allows semiconductor companies to systematically manage their efforts and benefit from improvements.”
    Seung-jick Yoo, Professor of Environmental and Climate Change Studies at
    Sookmyung Women's University
  • “One of the driving forces behind the rapid growth of the domestic semiconductor industry is excellent institutions and system benchmarking. SEPI is a good indicator that many companies vulnerable to environmental management can use to lower the risk of their business activities.” Ki-hyun Ahn, Vice President of
    the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association
  • “SEPI is a milestone in environmental management that goes one step further. I hope that it will develop into an objective and comprehensive indicator that matches the characteristics of the semiconductor industry.” Eric Jeon, UL Korea’s
    Environment & Sustainability Manager
  • “In today’s environment where businesses are evaluated by a range of different organizations around the world, it is encouraging to see a company take the initiative and develop an environmental management performance indicator. Samsung’s SEPI serves as a good benchmark for companies within and outside the industry.” Jung-nam Kim, Partner at Samjong KPMG,
    ESG & Strategy

Our environmental efforts and the progress we make is to benefit
all of humanity

Our environmental
efforts and the
progress we make
is to benefit all of
humanity

At Samsung Semiconductor, we are proud of being able to communicate our green efforts with our partners. We expect not only internal departments at Samsung Electronics but also the semiconductor industry as a whole will adopt SEPI as a way to expand environment management and achieve eco-friendly growth.