Corporate Social Responsibility
Accton recognizes that the Earth has limited resources and that sustainable development is of the utmost importance, therefore Accton is committed to its certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management system, which is required guidance to be used for product design, development, and manufacturing. In June 2018, an ISO 14001:2015 revision audit was conducted and Accton fulfilled all the requirements for ISO 14001:2015 certification.
Accton is committed to a 1% annual reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Our Scope 2 Indirect GHG emissions (generation of purchased electricity) in 2018 were 3,932 tons CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). The increase in Scope 2 GHG emissions from 2017 to 2018 was a result of the 10.42% expansion in production capacity and 14.48% increase in the number of employees. The table below shows the GHG emissions from Hsinchu headquarters in Taiwan for the past three years.
A number of sustainable environmental strategies have been implemented, including:
- Using electronic signatures to reduce paper use.
- Turning off lights and air-conditioning in idle areas.
- Controlling the number of ice-water dispensers that are powered on depending on room temperature.
- Regular timing control of the basement ventilation system.
- Installing variable-frequency inverters in air-conditioning and air-compressor systems to save energy
- Switching to LED lighting systems.
- Upgrading air conditioning system to improve energy efficiency.
- Replacing old electric power systems.
- Upgrading the energy consumption of passenger and freight elevators.
- Using reusable utensils in our canteen and restaurant.
Energy Efficiency and Water Usage
For Accton, purchased electricity is the only important main energy consumed. Since 2016, we have installed energy-efficient lighting fixtures and light bulbs in our offices. In 2018, Accton consumed 7,234,400 kWh of energy. Since 2016, we have installed energy-efficient lighting fixtures and light bulbs in our offices. Due to this implementation, Accton’s energy consumption has reduced 264,576 units of electricity, saving 3.657 % of energy in 2018, achieving our energy-saving target. In 2018, Accton used 49,638 m3 of tap water, saving 5% of water used compared with 2016. During 2018, Accton continued installing water-saving toilets and dual-flush toilets to reduce our water consumption.
Wastewater and Waste
Accton Technology’s waste management is in accordance with the Waste Disposal Act and our waste cleansing proposal is approved by the Science Park Bureau. Technical personnel with a LEVEL B Qualified certificate for waste disposal is in charge of waste cleansing. The amount of waste produced, stored, and managed is declared online; and properly disposed through waste treatment vendors approved by the Environmental Protection Administration. No violations occurred.
Accton has continuously reduced waste through sorting, reusing, and recycling waste. The annual recycling rate has improved from 64.9% (total waste 353.316 tons; reused waste 229.464 tons) in 2017 to 73.6% (total waste 437.452 tons; reused waste 322.168 tons) in 2018.
Wastewater management is in accordance with the Water Pollution Control Act, differentiating domestic sewage and industrial wastewater. No industrial wastewater was produced during manufacturing; domestic sewage was treated through internal facilities and discharged into the Science Park wastewater management system.
Environmental Health and Safety Policy
- Comply with environmental safety, health laws, and regulations to effectively operate and constantly improve the environmental safety and health management system.
- Regularly promote recycling, reuse, and minimize industrial waste.
- Strengthen staff education, supplier and contractor management, and provide and promote environmental safety and health training.
- Immediately inspect unsafe actions and environments in order to prevent accidents.
- Health management shall maintain staff’s health so that they will be safe with no accidents.