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Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc., a provider of independent semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly, test, materials and design manufacturing, and electronics manufacturing services (EMS), has received the 2016 Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award (AREA) in the category of “Social Empowerment” for its ASE30 Environmental Conservation Fund (ECF). The AREA program recognizes and honors Asian companies for championing sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship and implementing programs that demonstrate their leadership, sincerity and ongoing commitment in incorporating responsible and ethical values, legal compliance, respect for people and individuals, involvement in communities and protection of the environment into the way they run their businesses.
“Despite the globalization of the ASE Group, the company has not forgotten its beginnings in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where its first semiconductor assembly production facility was established in 1984,” commented Jason Chang, Chairman and CEO, ASE Group. “Taiwan is an island with finite resources, and through the ASE30 Environmental Conservation Fund, we hope to ensure the continued protection of the land and care for the local community.”
The ASE30 Environmental Conservation Fund, for which ASE is being honored, was established in 2014 to commemorate the company’s 30thanniversary and to promote programs in support of environmental protection efforts in Taiwan. The company has committed to contributing NT$100 million ($3 million) per year from the NT$3 billion (US$100 million) fund for the next 30 years.
The ECF focuses on four key aspects—environmental education promotion, environmental quality enhancement, environmental impact minimization and environmental arts promotion. To date, ASE has undertaken the following projects under the ASE30 ECF:
Environmental Education Promotion Program:
- Green Classrooms Project
- Environmental Thesis/Dissertation Awards
- Environmental Education Video Projects
- Environmental Technology Research Projects
- International Environmental Law Seminar
- Environmental Education in Elementary Schools
Environmental Quality Enhancement Program:
- Afforestation Projects
- Green Fence Project at the Nantze Export Processing Zone
Environmental Impact Minimization Program:
- Campus LED Donation Projects
- Water Recycling Model Plant Operation Sponsorship
- Green Supply Chain Projects
- Environmental Hygiene - Dengue Fever Prevention
Environmental Arts Promotion Program:
- Environmental Arts Promotion - KUSAMA YAYOI
- 3-D Musical about the Environment - Voyage undersea
Seeking to lead by example, ASE personnel themselves have been actively involved in organizing and participating in the programs funded by the ASE30 ECF. Since the fund’s establishment two years ago, approximately 60 schools and 230,000 students have benefited from the program, and over 84 hectares of land have been reforested with the planting of 90,000 native trees.
Going forward, ASE will continue to reinforce its corporate social responsibility through the integration of its technology know-how and financial and human resources for the greater good of the local community. ASE will continue to advocate for the nurturing, support and hiring of local talent in an effort to raise the quality of living standards. ASE will also further pursue green initiatives and sustainability objectives as a responsible corporate citizen.