Corporate Social Responsibility

Environment

As an innovative fables IC design company, ASPEED employs green design concepts and simplified (modularized) product structures throughout its R&D process in order to reduce pollution of the environment. To this end, our operations follow industry-specific standards, to which we even add some of our own company-specific standards. Company units involved with product quality assurance also take environmental, safety, and health aspects into account. As part of our strategy to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we have adopted measures in our daily operations to save water and electricity in order to reduce the ecological damage. Also, when selecting suppliers we check their past records of environmental and social impacts, and we preferably select suppliers with ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certifications.

ASPEED subscribes to the goals of CDP (Climate Change Program; former known as Carbon Disclosure Project) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) whose joint Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) helps companies to source conflict-free minerals and metals ("Conflict Minerals") from the Congo and neighboring countries, such as tin (Sn), gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), and tungsten (W) in the case of ASPEED. Through the CFSI audits we are assured that our sourced metals do not originate from armed groups (non-governmental groups or illegal groups) which violate human rights in their mining, smuggling or other illegal ways to obtain those metals.

As a matter of corporate social responsibility, we do not support the use Conflict Minerals from illicit origins, and we require our suppliers to select qualified smelters or require their current smelters to provide proof of verification. In the event that our company discovers that raw materials from suppliers contain Conflict Minerals from non-qualified sources, we will take the necessary measures and stop using these Conflict Minerals.

Our company has committed to the following conflict minerals policy:

ASPEED commits to a policy of thorough investigation of its suppliers and their information regarding conflict minerals in order to prevent purchasing Conflict Metals, either as raw materials or used in products as listed in our conflict minerals investigation report. We expect and require our suppliers to purchase from conflict-free and qualified mineral suppliers and faithfully disclose their Conflict Minerals information, and the CFSI Conflict Minerals reporting Template (from EICC GeSI) for their investigation of potential Conflict Minerals sources. This enables us to implement our conflict-free procurement program and strategy, and disclose this conflict minerals information in a transparent manner to our direct customers.

Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)

To comply with Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct, ASPEED is committed to ensuring that working conditions in its supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that business operations are environmentally responsible and conducted ethically.

The RBACode of Conduct is a set of standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain and is in alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as key international human rights standards including the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Code of Conduct contains provisions in the following areas:

  • ‣ Freely Chosen Employment
  • ‣ Humane Treatment
  • ‣ Young Workers
  • ‣ Non-Discrimination
  • ‣ Working Hours
  • ‣ Freedom of Association
  • ‣ Wages and Benefits

  • ‣ Occupational Safety
  • ‣ Physically Demanding Work
  • ‣ Emergency Preparedness
  • ‣ Machine Safeguarding
  • ‣ Occupational Injury and Illness
  • ‣ Sanitation, Food, and Housing
  • ‣ Industrial Hygiene
  • ‣ Health and Safety Communication

  • ‣ Environmental Permits and Reporting
  • ‣ Air Emissions
  • ‣ Pollution Prevention and Resource
  • ‣ Materials Restrictions Reduction
  • ‣ Hazardous Substances
  • ‣ Storm Water Management
  • ‣ Wastewater and Solid Waste
  • ‣ Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • ‣ Business Integrity
  • ‣ Fair Business, Advertising and Competition
  • ‣ No Improper Advantage
  • ‣ Protection of Identity and Non-Retaliation
  • ‣ Disclosure of Information
  • ‣ Responsible Sourcing of Minerals
  • ‣ Intellectual Property
  • ‣ Privacy

  • ‣ Company Commitment
  • ‣ Communication
  • ‣ Management Accountability and Responsibility
  • ‣ Worker Feedback and Participation
  • ‣ Legal and Customer Requirements
  • ‣ Audits and Assessments
  • ‣ Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • ‣ Corrective Action Process
  • ‣ Improvement Objectives
  • ‣ Documentation and Records
  • ‣ Training
  • ‣ Supplier Responsibility