Letter from Chief Sustainability Officer
Time flies. In a blink of an eye, HTC's ESG report has once again come around. In the previous year we launched "Path to Net-Zero, TCFD, SASB" and other sustainability programs, and implemented energy-saving and carbon-reduction actions (e.g., Earth Day and monthly lights off activities). In 2022, we took further steps towards sustainable development. It was the second year since the establishment of the ESG Committee. We expect to gradually combine the expanded achievements of HTC in sustainability with our future goals. More importantly, we will continue to disclose and communicate our progress internally and externally so that every stakeholder and organization with an interest in HTC clearly understands HTC's direction and actions regarding sustainability.
In 2022, the ESG Office keeps promoting sustainability actions by sharing ESG information through internal newsletters, highlighting the key points of ESG reports for colleagues, organizing various sustainability activities, advocating for sustainability measures and policies, and continuously improving colleagues' awareness of sustainability. We received a lot of feedback, which facilitated a better understanding of our colleagues' concerns and needs regarding sustainability topics. We also participated in local and international initiatives and ESG ratings, e.g. EcoVadis, FTSE, TCFD, TCSA (Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Awards), etc., all of which achieved good results. In addition, we are certified as a constituent of FTSE4Good Index Series. All these achievements were attributable to our colleagues who exerted great efforts and contributions to the promotion of sustainable development.
In 2022 HTC continued to promote energy-saving and carbon reduction related actions as part of our year-by-year goals. In addition to our achievements, we also realized gaps in sustainable development. One of our major goals for 2023 is to implement "fully paperless, digitalized, and optimized organization workflows". We hope to digitalize the internal workflows of the company to greatest extent possible in 2023, which is not only an environmental-friendly policy to reduce paper consumption, but also an approach to optimize workflows and improve efficiency. We also plan to initiate a "Carbon Management Platform" project in which the carbon emission information system will be modularized through cloud architecture to construct a data model that complies with the scope and categories of relevant carbon inventory (CHG Protocol, ISO-14064, and ISO-14067), and accelerate carbon management through automatic and digital services to build up a foundation for digitalized organization level GHG emission and product carbon footprint inventory. And carbon emission data generated during operations of global sites will be calculated and disclosed on the management platform in real-time; at the same time, relevant management indicators (via a dashboard) will be established based on historical data and carbon reduction pathways to effectively understand changes and adopt response measures. The implementation of this project will enable HTC to comprehensively execute the management of corporate carbon emissions and carbon reduction to realize the goal of "Net-Zero". We will also assure our corporate social responsibility and the influence of the industry, as well as join hands with our upstream and downstream supply chains and stakeholders to implement sustainable actions together. In the future, HTC plans to establish an internal carbon pricing mechanism based on the carbon management platform. All the above are important topics and directions for accomplishing long-term net-zero and sustainability goals.
The year 2023 will be a year that brings many changes to HTC in sustainable development practice. In addition to sustainable development in the environment, we also expect more efforts in social and governance. We know sustainability is a very long journey, and therefore we look forward to working together with all colleagues to change mindsets, awaken our passion, practice sustainability in our everyday lives, and influence everyone around us.
Chief Sustainability Officer