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Jennifer Yuen

Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

Developing water resilience strategies for a secure and sustainable future.

Taiwan, an island dotted with scenic mountains and lakes, is facing its worst drought in decades. Not a single typhoon (the heavy rains replenish the reservoirs) made landfall in Taiwan last year. The lack of rain this year is exacerbating the situation even further. The use of water to eliminate contamination of semiconductor chips during the manufacturing process has been intensive, and water shortage is posing a huge challenge to the industry.So, what has ASE done to mitigate the water crisis? Since 2015, ASE has built and operated its own Water Recycling Facility in Kaohsiung to process and recycle water to its own plants within the Nanzih Park, further reducing our dependence on tap water. The reduction in the use of tap water by ASE has enabled the city of Kaohsiung to deploy the water reserves for household, agriculture and other consumption. To learn more about ASE’s water recycling, please visit the page on water recycling.Today, only one-third of the water used in the Kaohsiung facilities is tap water, while two-thirds of it is recycled water. In May, our total accumulated water savings from the recycling facility has surpassed 20 million tons. While we are proud of this achievement, we will not rest on our laurels. The ASE management team has lifted the goalpost higher and established new water management KPIs for the company. We have drawn up plans to reduce our water usage, and increase investments to expand the water recycling facility so as to increase our ability to process, recycle and reuse as much water as possible. ASE strategy remains focused on balancing the demand and available resources.As a major industry player and one of the key contributors to Taiwan’s economy, we have stepped up and assumed greater responsibility on sustainability issues. We will embrace the latest technologies to create innovative educational programs that are aimed to improve engagement and raise awareness in water conservation to a wider and more diverse group of audiences. Recently, we have equipped the ASE Green Technology Education Center with VR capabilities that tap on a fast and high bandwidth 5G network. The VR showcase will enhance visitor experience and transform sustainability education in the digital age. To that end, the ASE Green Technology Education Center will continue to perform an important role in promoting public awareness on water and other sustainability issues.The survival of society, the environment and the economy depend heavily on water security and sustainability. Each drop of water is precious and we must all do our part to protect earth’s limited resources, and ensure a bright future for generations to come.About the ASE Water Recycling FacilityThe ASE Water Recycling Facility (also known as ASE K14) was established in January 2015 and is located at the Nanzih Technology Industrial Park, Kaohsiung. Phase 1 operations began in 2015 with a daily processing volume capacity of 20,000 tons and a recycling rate of 55%. When Phase 2 operations began in 2019, the recycling facility was able to receive and process wastewater from ASE’s manufacturing plants in NTIP Zone 2 in addition to those located in Zone 1. Its recycling rate was further improved to 70% and in May 2021, the company has surpassed 20 million tons of accumulated water savings, equivalent to the total water consumption of Kaohsiung residents in a month. By maximizing its own water resources, ASE was able to recycle every drop of water at least 3 times.
Jennifer Yuen 5/12/2021 ESG

Business un-usual: Resilience in the face of a pandemic.

Early 2020 was certainly unforgettable for many of us in Asia. Around that time, the COVID-19 (known then as the Wuhan virus, or simply coronavirus) caseload was already spiraling out of control in Wuhan, the city where the virus was first detected at a seafood market. Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, was locked down by the Chinese government on January 23rd. Our company’s management mobile group chat was abuzz non-stop about the situation in China, especially in and around our facilities. It was the Spring break where many Chinese traditionally return to their hometowns and many businesses remain shut for the celebration. No one knew exactly how widespread the disease had affected populations beyond Wuhan, but somehow we knew that we have to plan for the worst.The ASE crisis management mechanism was immediately triggered. We established a special task force and developed an advanced data management system to coordinate COVID-19 measures across all ASE locations. Each factory had set up a ‘command room’ to deploy the company’s business continuity plan across the entire organization. Appointed personnel were actively communicating with local authorities to keep lockstep with the situation, as well as to implement measures based on the governments’ advisories. During that time, the situation in China was especially intense, as the disease continues to spread to other cities.Our top priority was to ensure the safety of our employees. With this in mind, our procurement teams became very busy scouting for essential personal protective equipment, especially surgical masks. Masks were suddenly in high demand and the price correspondingly shot up. Our facilities outside China also rallied to help our colleagues secure 3-ply masks.ASE mask factoryMask-wearing reduces the spread of viral particles from asymptomatic carriers and plays a key role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.ASE has invested in the production of high-quality surgical masks at ASE Kaohsiung.ASE medical grade masks have received certification from Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare.- protecting the health of our employees - ensuring easy access to masksASESG reusable masksAt ASE Singapore, employees are provided custom designed ASE-logo reusable masks. The fabric masks are made from high quality material and each has an insert for filters that retain their efficacy after repeated washes.To ensure that customers are kept abreast of the developments and to minimize any disruptions, we posted daily updates on each facility on our official website during the height of the pandemic. In parallel, individual sites kept their respective customers updated frequently and drew up contingency plans to mitigate impact to customers.Importantly, we all recognized the need to play our part to prevent the spread of the disease. Temperature checks, travel history and health declaration became mandatory for all employees and visitors to ASE premises. Social distancing emerged as a new buzz phrase, but it is proving an effective preventive measure. Thanks to modern technology, we were able to conduct video and conference calls with colleagues, customers and suppliers with little disruption to business.In the months of March and April, many countries worldwide imposed some sort of lockdowns as the outbreak worsened outside China. As a result, many of our offices rolled out ‘work from home’ schemes, as well as alternate team work arrangements to minimize large group gatherings. Today, our operations in Asia have returned to normalcy. Our US and Europe colleagues, however, are still requested to work from home until the situation improves.The pandemic has caused huge disruptions and forced us to rethink how we work, interact, and socialize. For now, we’re all staying put where we are, and hopefully spending quality time with family while keeping ourselves healthy, both physically and mentally. Until we find a vaccine or a cure, we have to embrace the new norm as best as we can.Wash your handsWear a maskWiden your space
Jennifer Yuen 9/15/2020 ESG

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