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Frequently Asked Questions
about Sustainability

  • Green Chips

    Is the information on carbon footprint available for each product?

    Samsung Semiconductor’s products have obtained the “Carbon Footprint” certification, which is issued by Carbon Trust of the U.K through the comprehensive measuring of the environmental impact of carbon generation throughout a product’s lifecycle, from extracting and transporting the raw material to making and using the product.

    Since our achievement of the “Carbon Footprint” certification as the first in the semiconductor industry in 2019, the scope of certification has been expanded to not only key memory products, but also system semiconductors. As of 2021, a total of 24 products, such as 20 memory semiconductors and four system semiconductor products, have obtained the “Carbon Footprint” certification.

    We also won the “Carbon Reduction Certification,” which is issued when the amount of carbon generated by a follow-up model of a “Carbon Footprint” certified product is lower than the existing product, as the first in the industry. In 2021, the “Carbon Reduction Certification” was awarded to five of DRAM, SSD, and UFS memory card products, following one UFS product in 2020.

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  • Green Chips

    Does Samsung Semiconductor comply with domestic or international environmental regulations?

    From the purchase of raw materials to development, manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposal. Samsung Semiconductor strictly abides by the related environmental regulations by considering environmental impact caused by products throughout the process from product design to disposal.

    While complying with RoHS, which are the rules of the EU and China on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and REACH, the EU regulation for registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals, we are fulfilling our duty of sufficiently providing information to consumers for safe use of products according to the REACH regulation.

    In accordance with the IEC definition (IEC 61249-2-21), Samsung Semiconductor complies with the halogen-free requirements.

    In addition to products, we intensively manage air and water pollutants in order to prevent pollution in areas around our plants, and also to eliminate the risk of environmental pollution and regulatory violations caused by pollutant discharge.

    Keeping the concentration of discharges at a considerably lower level than the legal standard, we have also established a triple interlock system to enable emergency collection of pollutants upon discharge.

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  • Climate Action

    What is the current status of renewable energy use, and do you have a plan to extend the use?

    All of our global sites use 100% renewable energy. As for domestic sites, we have established implementation plans optimized for each region by installing solar power generation facilities, purchasing renewable energy certificates, and adopting renewable power rates. By promoting the plans, we are increasing renewable energy use.

    Currently, we are expanding the installation of solar power generation facilities at the Giheung, Hwaseong, and Pyeongtaek sites in Korea. As for Hwaseong site, energy consumption for cooling and heating in buildings is being reduced through the application of ground-source heat pumps.

    While maintaining 100% renewable energy use in overseas sites, Samsung Electronics is striving to expand the use of renewable energy in domestic sites by keeping pace with the Korean government’s strategy to increase renewable energy use.
    The mid to long-term goals for the RE100 implementation is currently in the process of internal review. We will continue participating actively in the global climate change response.

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  • Climate Action

    Do you have a goal for carbon neutral?

    Starting with the voluntary reduction of the use of fluorine gas (F-gas) in semiconductor manufacturing processes in 1999, Samsung Semiconductor has been continuously decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

    RCS (Regenerative Catalytic system), an integrated large-capacity greenhouse gas treatment facility, was developed in 2007 and has been used until 2022. We also developed RCS catalyst to increase the treatment efficiency by as much as 95%.

    We are reducing direct emissions from manufacturing processes by decreasing the amount of process gas use, operating integrated greenhouse gas treatment facilities, and developing alternative gas with low global warming potential. We also contribute to greenhouse gas reduction by decreasing the amount of power and city gas use in production facilities through projects to replace existing facilities with high-efficiency models and improve efficiency of manufacturing processes.

    As a result of the effort for greenhouse gas reduction, our semiconductor plant won the Triple Standard certification from Carbon Trust, a global certification agency.
    * Triple Standard Certification: Certification issued to business establishments that reduced carbon and waste generation, and decreased the amount of water consumption

    As for the goals and detailed plans for carbon neutrality, various reduction routes are currently being reviewed. We will continue participating actively in the global climate change response.

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  • Reduce & Reuse

    Do you have mid to long-term plans for waste treatment and recycling?

    Samsung Semiconductor is making various efforts for switching to circular economy by recycling wastes generated at the plants to resources.

    - Extracting copper from copper sludge, the byproduct of process water purification
    - Finely shredding EMC, the semiconductor sealing material, and using it as new plastic material
    - Extracting gold, tungsten, and other metals from dust absorbed from production line (CV dust)

    All Samsung Semiconductor plants won the Zero Waste to Landfill certification from UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety certification agency, for their performance to achieve waste-to-resource circulation rate of 97% and higher. We also obtained the Triple Standard certification from Carbon Trust, a global certification agency.
    * Triple Standard Certification: Certification issued to business establishments that reduced carbon and waste generation, and decreased the amount of water consumption

    In particular, the five plants in Hwaseong, Giheung, Pyeongtaek, Xian, and Suzhou obtained the Zero Waste to Landfill Platinum Grade by achieving resource circulation rate of 100%. In addition, with the eight-inch wafer box and IC tray recognized as resources, no longer wastes, we, as the first in Korea’s electrical and electronics industry, obtained the Ministry of Environment’s “Circular Resource Quality Mark,” and thus are contributing to the switch to circular economy.

    Samsung Semiconductor aims to obtain the Zero Waste to Landfill Platinum Grade for all plants by 2024.

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  • Preserving Nature

    How are discharged water and water quality being managed?

    Samsung Semiconductor has established internal regulations that are far stricter than the legal standards for the concentration of pollutants, water temperature, ecological toxicity, etc. in order to minimize negative impacts of pollutants discharged from all plants on the aquatic ecosystem.

    While periodically monitoring for any negative impact the discharged water has on the ecosystem, we measure water quality indicators of the rivers to which water is discharged, such as chemical oxygen demand (COD), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), and acidity (pH), on a regular basis to control the ecological impacts. In addition, based on surveys of fish and birds, and monitoring on their habitats, we make various efforts to reduce the impact on the ecosystem.

    Samsung Semiconductor plants also reduce pollutant discharge and prepare for possible environmental accidents in wastewater treatment plants by establishing a multiple defense system against water pollution. A “triple interlock” has been installed in the lead-in, processing, and discharge stages of the wastewater treatment plants. Under the multiple defense system, each interlock measures water pollutants in real-time, and if the concentration exceeds the standard or pollutant leakage occurs, an emergency pollutant collection process is started.

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  • Preserving Nature

    Do you have any plans for water resource protection?

    We make efforts to protect valuable water resources by minimizing water consumption, and recycling and reusing wastewater.

    As of 2021, we achieved a 34% recycling rate, and in domestic plants, 160,000 tons of water is reused daily. We will continue managing water resources by changing the process control values, switching waste treatment methods, and optimizing process operation.

    In 2020, Samsung Semiconductor, as the first in global semiconductor industry, won recognition for reducing water consumption from Carbon Trust, a global certification agency, and in 2021, we were awarded the Triple Standard certification.

    * Triple Standard Certification: Certification issued to business establishments that reduced carbon and waste generation, and decreased the amount of water consumption

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  • Labor Policy

    Do you have a policy for labor and human rights of employees and partners?

    Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, Samsung Electronics has established human rights policy for all employees and partners.

    ※ Details of labor and human rights policies can be found on the Samsung website.

  • Labor Policy

    Do you have a system for corruption report and improvement?

    Samsung Electronics listens to employees’ complaints through Organizational Culture SOS, Compliance channel, and the employees’ representative body. For the complaints and reports, anonymity is strictly guaranteed.

  • Labor Policy

    Is a monitoring system available to prevent discrimination in the course of employment and recruitment?

    When recruiting new employees fresh out of college and high school, rather than experienced employees with distinctive fields of expertise, the applicants’ educational background, age, place of birth, and gender, etc. are not disclosed to the assessors.
    In addition, education is provided to and a pledge is collected from the assessors to not ask applicants about their personal information including physical conditions and family information that is not relevant to their job competencies and abilities. We are committed to preventing discrimination through regular education.

  • Safety and health

    Do you have a safety and health management system?

    All manufacturing plants of DS Division have obtained and annually renew the ISO 45001 certification, global safety, and health management system standard, and are fully meeting customers’ safety and health-related requirements.

  • Safety and health

    Do you provide safety and health education on a regular basis?

    Samsung Electronics is designing safe worksites, establishing operating procedures, providing personal protective equipment, and providing safety education, etc. according to the “Working Environment Management Guidance” to prevent workers from being exposed to potential risk factors, such as electric shock, fire, and fall.
    In addition, we have established a set of procedures to identify, conduct detailed assessment on, and respond to emergency situations and accidents including fire, bad weather, and chemical leaks according to the Infrastructure and Environmental Safety Risk Response Manual. We are also holding regular map exercises to verify effectiveness of accident response system in preparation for various accidents and emergency situations by type.
    In particular, pre-operation safety education has been designated as compulsory education and is provided in the form of TBM (Tool Box Meeting).

  • Safety and health

    If there is the risk of an accident, do workers have the right to stop operation at any time?

    When recognizing a risk, workers have the right to prevent accidents by stopping the operation immediately. This applies also to the employees of partners.

  • Safety and health

    Do you have a process for identification and assessment of safety risks in a working environment?

    We conduct risk assessment on all processes and operations on a regular basis. We also dedicate the utmost effort to safety management by installing safety devices on all facilities including interlocks and protective fences.

  • Safety and health

    Do you have a safety and health management system for workers?

    To prevent occupational injuries and diseases of workers, we regularly provide education on safety and health, and also operate the Musculoskeletal Disease Prevention Center, and an in-house clinic. In addition, we operate the standards for protective equipment use according to the locations and operation types, and the SOP reflecting the standards. At the same time, we provide education to workers about the use of protective equipment to promote their compliance with the criteria before entering locations where protective equipment use is required.

    For safe management of chemicals and accident prevention, we provide education to workers handling chemicals, and periodically inspect the facilities where chemicals are stored and used.

    In case an injury or a disease occurs, a series of procedures, such as report, tracking, and management, are thoroughly implemented according to the environmental safety workplace system under the internal accident handling regulations. Also, the types and history of accidents are recorded.

    When an affected employee returns to work, necessary actions are taken following close examination about the necessity of additional treatment, etc. through an interview with an occupational health specialist.

  • Safety and health

    Do you have a healthcare program for workers?

    For workers’ health management, we provide regular health checkup service each year. For people suspected of hypertension, diabetes, and other diseases according to the examination results, we also provide 1:1 consulting with specialists and health improvement programs to support in their disease prevention and health improvement. In addition, for workers handling chemicals, we provide “special health check-up” service according to the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

  • Partner Collaboration

    What kind of a program is the Win-Win Fund for partners?

    This is a system through which Samsung Electronics raises a fund with Industrial Bank of Korea, Korea Development Bank, and Woori Bank, and provides loan service with interest exemption or reduction to the primary, secondary, and tertiary partners that require funding support for facility investment, R&D, and operating cost. Partners that wish to receive the support can submit applications for Shared Growth Fund by visiting the banks (Industrial Bank of Korea, Korea Development Bank, Woori Bank) in person. The support is decided after the applicants are checked for their transactions with Samsung Electronics and credit ratings.

    The support period is up to three years. Partners that require additional support can reapply for the program. As the period of review for reapplication is the same as that for a new application, it is recommended to submit a reapplication before the three-year support period expires.

  • Partner Collaboration

    What kind of a program is the incentive system for employees of partners?

    Since 2010, we have been paying incentives to the employees of partners in the first and second half of each year in order to encourage the development of a safety management culture, motivate partners for improving Samsung Electronics’ productivity, and promote their collaboration and development for shared growth.
    The incentives are paid differentially to small and medium-scale partners that have made direct contributions to Samsung Electronics’ production through environmental safety and productivity improvement assessment. This is a program operated with a goal to promote shared growth with partners, and the scope of incentive payment is expanding each year.
    (KRW 74.07 billion in 2019 → KRW 77.72 billion in 2020 → KRW 89.28 billion in 2021)

    The incentive system has led to the establishment of an accident prevention culture within partners to receive the incentive benefits, and also continuous reduction in the number of environmental accidents. (Number of Accidents per 10,000 Persons: 19 in 2017 → 4.4 in 2021)
    In addition, as the incentive payment increased satisfaction of partners’ employees, their turnover rate has decreased, contributing to talent fostering in partners.

  • Partner Collaboration

    Do you have an educational support program for partners?

    We provide approximately 500 job training and education courses ranging from education for new employees of partners to education on content necessary in the field, such as about leadership, quality, ICT convergence, semiconductor technology, value innovation, purchase and sales, and environmental safety. Education programs for the following month are posted on the Partners Education Center website (www.partnerseducenter.com), and registrations are received between the 1st and 15th of each month. All educational programs are provided for free.

  • Partner Collaboration

    Do you have a consulting support program for partners?

    We provide consulting support to small and medium-scale partners in Korea in relation to various fields including development, manufacturing, quality, environmental safety, purchase, and marketing. The consulting period is approximately four to six months. During this period, professional consultants of Samsung Electronics provide consulting service by visiting partners in person once or twice a week.
    Applications for consulting service are received through an invitation notice posted once each in the first and second half of the year.
    Following consultant allocation and pre-interview with partners, the support targets are selected. The consulting program is provided for free as part of our effort to promote collaboration for shared growth aimed at supporting competitiveness building of our strategic partners. Details of the consulting program are available on Partner Collaboration Portal (https://partner.samsungsemi.com:7777/partner/identity/anonymous/loginPage.do?_frameF=true).

  • Partner Collaboration

    Please tell us how hazardous chemicals are being managed for partners.

    Samsung Electronics strictly manages legally restricted substances and voluntarily restricted substances of which the use is restricted according to the “Operating Regulations for Product and Environmental Management Substances.”

    To fundamentally prevent the inclusion of substances subject to management in our products, we conduct investigations twice a year on all partners that have manufacturing facilities in Korea, and also register and manage the status of secondary and tertiary partners in the G-SRM system. By doing so, we strictly inspect and manage the status of inclusion of target substances in parts and finished products that are used in production sites of partners.

    In addition, to upgrade partners’ hazardous chemical management, we perform suggestion of alternative substances through field inspections and process automation activities.

    ※ Based on the international environmental regulations, such as RoHS, the EU restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and REACH, the EU regulation for registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals, 25 types of chemicals including benzene and normal hexane are under management.

  • Meeting Stringent Standards

    What is the purpose of working environment management in supply chain?

    Samsung Electronics urges all partners to manage risks in their working environments, and guarantee labor and human rights of their employees by complying with the statutes and practicing ethical management.

    We share Samsung Electronics Code of Conduct, which reflects the RBA (Responsible Business Alliance) assessment criteria, with partners, and manage risks in the working environments of partners through the three-stage process of self-assessment, field inspection, and third-party verification.

    Through inspection on 85 items in five categories, such as labor and human rights, health and safety, environment, ethics, and governance, of the RBA assessment criteria, we derive working environmental improvement tasks for partners, and monitor and verify partners’ improvement plans and the related measures. Ultimately, we strive for sustainable supply chain management by strengthening sustainability competencies of our partners.

  • Meeting Stringent Standards

    How are hazardous chemicals being managed for partners?

    Samsung Electronics strictly manages legally restricted substances and voluntarily restricted substances of which the use is restricted according to the “Operating Regulations for Product and Environmental Management Substances.”



    To fundamentally prevent the inclusion of substances subject to management in our products, we conduct investigations twice a year on all partners that have manufacturing facilities in Korea, and also register and manage the status of secondary and tertiary partners in the G-SRM system. By doing so, we strictly inspect and manage the status of inclusion of target substances in parts and finished products that are used in production sites of partners.

    In addition, to upgrade partners’ hazardous chemical management, we perform consulting activities to suggest alternative substances, etc. through field inspections.

    ※ Based on the international environmental regulations, such as RoHS, the EU restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and REACH, the EU regulation for registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals, 25 types of chemicals including benzene and normal hexane are under management.

  • Meeting Stringent Standards

    Do you have a healthcare program for the workers of partners?

    Samsung Electronics operates “Health Improvement Center for Partners” within Hwaseong Campus in order to manage health of partners’ workers.

    In addition to assessing the risk of cardiovascular diseases of the employees of partners, healthcare consulting service is provided to individual workers in high-risk job groups. Moreover, to prevent musculoskeletal diseases, 1:1 customized consulting by individual diseases, such as through foot pressure measuring, and the related health improvement programs are provided.

  • Responsible Minerals Sourcing

    How is the responsible mineral management in supply chain being executed?

    In order to minimize negative impacts of mining in conflict and high risk zones on the society and environment, such as human rights violation and environmental destruction, Samsung Electronics is investigating the status of responsible mineral use annually in all raw material suppliers that are trading with the company. In addition, a guide has been established to update the company’s management system upon occurrence of changes.

    Through investigation on the status of mineral use, partners that make transactions with uncertified refineries or those of which origins of minerals are unclear are guided to change refineries to those certified by the RMAP (Responsible Minerals Assurance Process). In addition, trade of conflict minerals is prevented by taking measures to restrict unit price contract on the purchase system.

    Details are available in “Samsung Electronics Responsible Minerals Report” on the company website.
    (https://www.samsung.com/uk/sustainability/overview/)

  • Responsible Minerals Sourcing

    Do you have a management process for compliance with the ethical management-related standards and statutes?

    Under the highest management principle to achieve “legal and ethical compliance,” Samsung Electronics, as a global leading company, continuously strives to perform business activities in legal and ethical ways. Based on the management principles, we have established the Code of Conduct and Guidelines for employees in an effort to promote more responsible management activities.

    * Link to Management Principles: https://www.samsung.com/uk/about-us/company-info/
    * Link to Code of Conduct/Guidelines: https://www.samsung.com/uk/sustainability/labor-and-human-rights/

    We operate a management process comprising three stages of prevention (employee education/guide), monitoring (inspection/survey), and follow-up management (result analysis and establishment of measures). By providing appropriate education, and setting inspection bodies and frequency, we are continuously promoting improvement to abide by the principles.

  • Ethics Management

    Is there a process for anonymously reporting violations to the management principles?

    To improve business transparency and establish ethical corporate culture, Samsung Electronics operates various report channels through which violations to the company’s management principles can be reported.

    * Report Channel: https://sec-audit.com/common/identity/anonymous/ssoLogin.do

    In addition to an anonymous reporting system, email, address, phone number, and fax number are opened to receive reports through various routes. In addition, the secrecy of reporters is guaranteed and their identities are protected to prevent any disadvantages.