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 Semiconductor is making great efforts to actualize sustainable management. Having obtained our first Platinum AWS certification for our Hwaseong site, we will make efforts to continue obtaining AWS certifications for our semiconductor manufacturing sites located both in Korea and abroad.
|Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification|
|Taewoan Koo||Water withdrawal, Discharge water quality, Governance|
|Donghwan Kim||Aquatic ecosystem|
|Hyerim Kang||Corporate Sustainability
|Stakeholders, Water quality, Governance|