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Sustainable Management

WNC's Marketing and Corporate Communication Division and RBA Management Committee direct WNC's implementation efforts regarding sustainable development. Such efforts include the stipulation of policies and management regulations related to sustainable development, disclosure of progress and achievements in sustainable development, and assisting WNC's function units in implementing items related to sustainable development. Operations related to implementing sustainable development will be conducted by various function units in accordance with their job duties, and shall comply with related WNC policies. Personnel in function units shall also pay close attention to related international initiatives and regulations to see if management regulations and operational procedures for implementing sustainable development need to be updated. Starting from 2019, the President and CEO of WNC regularly (at least once a year) reports to the Board of Directors regarding results of stakeholder communications and sustainable development business execution performance, as well as planning related to this.

RBA Committee

WNC voluntarily abides by the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct (RBA CoC) and adopted its own WNC RBA Code of Conduct for all WNC employees, subsidiaries, and suppliers to follow. We expect our suppliers to follow principles of business integrity and abide by local and international regulations as well as engaging in environmental protection, ESH, and labor-rights protection in order to fulfill our mutual corporate social responsibilities.

Structure of RBA Management Committee: WNC

Pr e sid e n t & C EO RBA M a n a g e m e nt R e p r e se nt a t ive C h i n a / V i e tn a m RBA M a n a g e m e nt R e p r e s e nt a t ive RBA D i r e c t or G e n e r a l He a l t h & Sa f e t y G r o u p M a n a g e m e nt S y s t e m G r o u p L a b or G r o u p E n vi r o n m e n t G r o u p E t h ic s G r o u p

Responding to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

WNC's sustainable behavior in terms of eight of the 17 SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) is summarized below:

Action Plans

Execution Results in 2019

Target 3: Good health and well-being

Promote a number of healthy workplace initiatives and offer the WNC Employee Assistance Program which provides employees with consultation services for vocational, familial, interpersonal, physical and emotional as well as mental illness issues.
  • Organized a free quadrivalent influenza vaccination event, in which 1536 WNC employees and personnel stationed at WNC sites were vaccinated.
  • Introduced the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), where 312 employees used the consultation service. The program received an average satisfaction score of 4.7 (maximum of 5) from employees.
  • As part of the 4D Club event, teams of professional chefs were invited to cook healthy foods according to a low-calorie menu planned by a dietician. A total of 2,663 healthy meals were produced in three months. Staff satisfaction reached 4.2 (out of 5), and 99.3% of staff were willing to participate in further activities.
  • Provided organic vegetables for group meals in the Good Food Movement—Healthy Days Everyday program, with the amount of purchases amounting to NT$10 million.

Target 4: Quality education

  • WNC attaches great importance to employee’s training and growth, and arranges a series of training courses for employees.
  • WNC understands the importance of education, and is committed to sponsoring Siang Bi Elementary School, Tunan Elementary School, and Meiyuan Elementary School.
  • WNC colleges held a total of 298 courses, and there were a total of 22,837 participants.
  • WNC employees underwent an average of 24.2 hours of training, with expenses related to employee training amounting to NT$ 10.74 million. The training courses received an overall satisfaction score of 4.5 (maximum of 5) from employees.
  • WNC and WNC employees donated a total of NT$500,000 to assist Tunan Elementary School in Hsinchu County and Siang Bi Elementary School in Miaoli County to sponsor the development of their featured education.
  • Worked with the Miaoli Taiwan Fund for Families and Children and solicited 100 employees to sponsor students in remote areas in Miaoli to donate a total of NT$300.000.

Target 5: Gender equality

Adhere to principles of respect for human rights to employ appropriate talent for corresponding positions. Do not consider gender as an advantage or disadvantage during evaluation. Provide employees with fair and reasonable remuneration according to average levels in the industry.
  • No complaints regarding discrimination were received in 2019.
  • The rates of male and female employees reinstated from parental leave were 100% and 69% respectively.
  • The ratio of female and male WNC employees receiving career development reviews was 0.66:1, which is slightly higher than the ratio of female and male employees at WNC, which is 0.56:1.

Target 6: Clean water and sanitation

  • Provide safe and nutritious water and group meals for employees.
  • Improve process wastewater treatment efficiency to reduce pollution.
  • Conducted bi-monthly water quality tests of water dispensers and announced the results. The test results comply with all relevant standards.
  • S1 site purchased wastewater treatment equipment in 2019, and the equipment is expected to be operational in 2020.

Target 7: Affordable and clean energy

Adopt clean energy to increase diversity of resource usage.

A total of 1.8 GWh of electricity was generated from solar power in 2019, or approximately 1,090 tonnes of CO2e was reduced. The annual power generation equates to a carbon absorption capacity of approximately 2.8 times that of Daan Forest Park.

Target 8: Decent work and economic growth

  • Recruit talent through internal and external recruitment channels; pay attention to employee career development and work-life balance to retain outstanding employees.
  • The WNC industry-academia partnership project classes cultivate professional engineering and technology talent through industry-academia collaboration and bridge the shortage of skilled workers in WNC.
  • The number of full-time employees at WNC increased by 12.7%, an addition of 1,452 new jobs.
  • The 3rd industry-academia partnership project class recruited a total of 53 students, and the student retention rate over the years has been 92.6%.

Target 12: Responsible consumption and production

  • WNC has established a set of Green Product Restricted Substances Management Procedures and a Standard for Restricted Usage of Environmentally Hazardous Substances, and has used the aforementioned standards to create a control list of hazardous substances that all of its suppliers must comply with.
  • Suppliers are required to meet WNC’s CSR requirements and expectations to build a green supply chain.
  • Implementation of waste recycling and reuse programs to improve waste recycling rate.
  • Purchasing of products with green product labelling.
  • Received and fulfilled a total of 559 requests for green products from customers. In 2019, WNC’s products did not violate any green product directives.
  • 64 suppliers have completed the WNC Supplier CSR audit, or 413 suppliers in total.
  • Five recycling projects were implemented, resulting in savings of NT$ 16.38 million.
  • WNC sites in Taiwan purchase office supplies, such as computers, printer cartridges, and paper towels that have green product labeling. The supplies purchased amounted to NT$ 46.34 million.

Target 13: Climate action

Implementation of measures in work environments to conserve energy and reduce our carbon footprint to ensure the effective use and management of limited resources; help raise environmental protection awareness by organizing related activities with the aim to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Total Scope 2 GHG emission intensity decreased by 14% in 2019 (base year: 2016).
  • Implemented the ISO 50001 energy management system, reducing emissions by 599 tonnes CO2e and leading to energy savings of around NT$ 2.77 million.
  • Held three environmental protection activities, including a beach cleanup activity, “bring your own shopping bag” activity, and stair climbing activity. A total of 400 employees participated in these activities.