As a professional supplier of TFT-LCD panels and solar solutions, AUO is dedicated not only to product innovation, but also to the core values of “Passion & Professionalism”,“Execution & Excellence” and “Caring & Contribution” for sustainable development. We sincerely hope to collaborate with all our partners to protect the environment and move toward the goal of sustainability.
Last year was one of great achievements. We not only attained the goals of 877 and Carbon Balance, which is part of the AUO Green Solutions initiative, but were selected as the top Computer Hardware & Electronic Office Equipment Company in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Our company has now received the ROC Enterprise Environmental Protection Award of the Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, ROC, three years in a row. We have been acknowledged as one of China’s Top 100 Green Companies for the third consecutive year. All these are great honors and a fit recognition of our efforts.
As global climate change has emerged as a vitally important issue, AUO has led the industry with the announcement of Carbon Footprint Reduction Declaration. Based on the 2009 level of product carbon footprint, we have set a goal of a 30% carbon footprint reduction by 2012. AUO will continue to develop low-carbon products by innovative production methods and lead the supply chain in adopting a sustainable production model based on the dual concepts of energy-conservation and low-carbon emission.
At the same time, in order to seize the opportunity of an emerging low-carbon economy, we have increased the investment in the green energy industry and restructured corporate organization around two main themes, the TFT-LCD and solar businesses, and will focus separately on the development of each. We intend to create a new paradigm by implementing the strategy of concurrent development of both the Display and Solar Businesses to enhance corporate synergy via the specific delegation of managerial responsibilities and effective operational management.
Having recognized the importance of sustainable corporate development and green commitment, we are resolved to improve our environment by the use of green technology. Our commitment to this goal will be unswerving.
AU Optronics has been awarded by Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) as the global Sector Leader and Gold Class in 2012. It demonstrates AUO’s excellent achievements in social, economic, and environmental performance.
AUO was awarded the Oekom Research AG “prime” status. Oekom Research AG, established in Munich, Germany in 1993, is Europe’s leading rating agency that uses the world’s most comprehensive collection of criteria for the ethical evaluation of companies.
Every two years from an investor’s point of view, Oekom Research AG selects around 3,100 companies to participate in a draft rating, and subsequently 500 companies are identified (acquire “prime” status) through further assessment. AUO was invited for the first time in 2011 and awarded “prime” status in May of the same year, making it the leader of the sector, ahead of international enterprises such as Hitachi, Kyocera, Nikon, and Samsung.
AUO has signed to support the 2°C Challenge Communiqué in 2012 and is pleased to be the first official signatory company in Taiwan. As a responsible corporate citizen, AUO totally understands the urgency to stabilize the global temperature of meeting the 2°C challenge. The “AUO Green Solutions” is currently implemented to take initiatives for green growth. Meanwhile, we will call on cooperates and government to take reasonable action at a national level, together to achieve a green growth and a low-carbon economy.
The 2°C Challenge Communiqué is issued to governments by leaders of over 185 companies around the world, including characters from energy, finance, sales, manufacture…, etc. The Communiqué is brought together by the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action, an international network of climate business groups, and by the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership. The 2°C Challenge Communiqué is a statement from businesses that calls on governments to take action at a national level to ensure a successful transition to green growth and a climate-resilient economy.
As a global citizen, AUO has always sought to fulfill its corporate social and environment responsibilities, as well as part of corporate spirit. We strive to integrate CSR in all aspects of our operating strategy, including company policy, internal management, various execution procedures, and training. Furthermore, through corporate management, training programs, AUO Green Solutions, and public participations, AUO offers an amazing visual experience to consumers with innovative technology. By keeping our promise for sustainable development, we are able to improve our corporate culture and provide the benefits to our clients and stakeholders.
Since 2006, we have been implementing a Social and Environmental Responsibility program (SER program) and continuously promoting CSR culture internally. Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) was adopted as the basis of our CSR policy to ensure the working conditions are safe, workers are treated with respect and dignity, and the manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible and ethical. We have set our CSR policy based on a number of international standards and major principles, including Social Accountability 8000, EICC, and the Global Sullivan Principles.
Follows are the major principles of our CSR policy
- Law Compliance
- Freely Chosen Employment
- Prohibits the employment of child labor
- Humane Treatment
- Employee Communication
- Compensation and Benefits
- Training Opportunity
- Business Integrity
- Intellectual Property
- Disclosure of Information
- Culture Advance
- Promotion of the Policy
In order to promote EICC and to implement human rights and social aspects effectively, AUO formed an SER committee and assigned a managing representative from the executives, in charge of CSR planning and implementing.
- Guide and supervise company- EICC/ CSR related implementations
- Affirm management system to comply with EICC / CSR requirements
- Periodically convene the management review
- Report to Top managers regarding the implementation and performance of EICC/ CSR
- Ensure awareness of EICC requirements amongst our clients and suppliers
- Endorse EICC/ CSR related documents from clients and suppliers.
AU Optronics constantly spares no efforts in its devotion to environmental protection, resources conservation and caring for people. We have always been seeking a way in fulfilling corporate social responsibility towards sustainability while reaching our business goals.
Accordingly, AU Optronics commits to providing prerequisite resources in order to carry out the following policies.
- Comply with the Laws and Fulfill Commitments
‧ In compliance with or exceeding ESH and Energy associated laws and regulations.
‧ Standing by voluntary ESH and Energy associated commitment.
- Reduce the Environmental Burden
‧ Applying the principle of “Design for Environment and Energy” in all products and services, and minimizing environmental and energy impacts throughout business operations.
‧ Dedicated to the advanced technology development and management system, and supporting the purchase of energy efficient products and services, in order to maximize the energy and resource efficiency.
- Promote a Safe and Healthy Workplace
‧ Adopting Best Available Control Technology in favor of hazard prevention and risk control.
‧ Advancing the workplace safety and people’s health in prevention from occupational injuries and diseases.
- Communicate with Stakeholders
‧ Reinforcing stakeholder engagement and performing continuous improvements based on feedbacks of stakeholders.
‧ Proactively disclosing ESH and Energy associated information in support of transparency of public disclosure.
- Foster Sustainability Culture
‧ Furthering ESH and Energy training and technical skills with the aim of deepening awareness and reinforcing practices.
‧ Engaging with external ESH and Energy associated organizations or activities in benefit of value of diversity.
- Enhance Management Performance
‧ Conducting regular reviews of corrective actions in order to continuously improve ESH and Energy performances.
‧ Integrating the value chain and maximizing synergy by keeping business partners engaged in ESH and Energy activities.
AUO's Statement on Conflict Minerals
- AUO restates that AUO and its suppliers shall assume responsibility together for community and environment protection.
- AUO does not accept the gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), tin (Sn), and tungsten (W) mined illegally in Congo or conflict areas near Congo.
- AUO will inform and ask its suppliers to perform the above statement.