TAIPEI, Taiwan--Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE, TAIEX:2311, NYSE:ASX), the leading provider of semiconductor assembly and test services, today announced that it has been named the Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment Industry Group Leader in the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. Not only was this the first time that ASE is included in the DJSI World, but the company was also the top scoring company in the Semiconductor and Semiconductor Equipment Industry Group, one of the 24 industry groups represented in the DJSI. The inclusion of ASE as a component on the DJSI World is a strong affirmation, from the highly acclaimed S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM, of ASE’s positive efforts in managing economic, environmental and social factors and increasing long term shareholder value through corporate sustainability.
The DJSI World is the first global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide based on RobecoSAM’s analysis of financially material Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors. RobecoSAM invited the world’s largest 3,400 companies from developed and emerging markets to take part in its annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). In the Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment Industry group, a total of 43 large publicly listed companies were included in the assessment and only 4 companies made the DJSI list. ASE is the only outsourced semiconductor assembly and test service provider to be included as an index component and also recognized as the semiconductor industry leader on corporate sustainability.
‘We are honored not only to be included as a component on the DJSI, but above all, to be recognized as the industry group leader in the Semiconductor and Semiconductor Equipment category. The DJSI is the gold standard for corporate sustainability and a key reference point for investors and stakeholders. ASE’s inclusion in the indices is a strong endorsement of the company’s commitment and leadership to corporate sustainability,’ said Jason Chang, Chairman and CEO of the ASE Group.
‘The ASE Group has its roots in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan and over the last 3 decades, the company has expanded its footprint globally in the face of diverse challenges including intense industry competition, evolving consumer demands, and fast-paced changes in technology, environmental issues and social impacts in the community which we operate in. As the company progressed, effective management of environmental, social and governance issues has become fully integrated into the company’s corporate strategy and culture. We will continue our efforts to establish a strong framework and seek collaboration with industry peers to create sustainable standards for our industry,’ Jason Chang continued.
As an industry leader, ASE was the first company in Asia to issue Green Bonds to raise $300 million to improve energy and water efficiency. For its Green Bond issue, ASE was awarded ‘Country Deals of the Year’ by Asiamoney in January 2014 and ‘First Emerging Market Corporate Green Bond’ and ‘First Green Bond in Taiwan’, by Climate Bonds Initiative in February 2016.
In the areas of environmental protection, ASE has invested in a state-of-the-art water recycling plant in its manufacturing facilities in Kaohsiung and Chung-Li, resulting in total water recycled/ total water withdrawn of up to 82%, a 28% increase from 2014.
In 2014, the ASE30 Environmental Conservation Fund was established to commemorate the company’s 30th anniversary and to promote programs in support of environmental protection efforts in Taiwan. The company has committed to contributing NT$100 million (US$3 million) per year from the NT$3 billion (US$100 million) fund for the next 30 years. For this effort, the company was awarded the 2016 Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award (AREA) in June of this year.
For more information on ASE’s corporate sustainability, please click on link. http://www.aseglobal.com/en/Csr/
For more information on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, please click on link. http://www.robecosam.com/en/sustainability-insights/about-sustainability/corporate-sustainability-assessment/review.jsp
About The ASE Group
The ASE Group is among the leading providers of independent semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly, test, materials and design manufacturing. As a global leader geared towards meeting the industry’s ever growing needs for faster, smaller and higher performance chips, the Group develops and offers a wide portfolio of technology and solutions including IC test program design, front-end engineering test, wafer probe, wafer bump, substrate design and supply, wafer level package, flip chip, system-in-package, final test and electronic manufacturing services through Universal Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries, members of the ASE Group. For more information about the ASE Group, visit www.aseglobal.com.
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