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CASE STUDY

Integrating Research Resources from Industry, Government and Academia to Strengthen Seismic Resistance of the Science Park

Enhancing TSMC's Sustainable Competitiveness through Operational Risk Management
August Liao
2019/02/20

TSMC continuously optimizes seismic resistance and adheres to the risk management principle of “Zero Casualties for Personnel, Fastest Recovery of Factory Operations, and Minimum Impact on Customer”. TSMC CEO Dr. C.C. Wei reiterated the protection of human life as the most important guiding principle of earthquake emergency response at the annual emergency response drill. He also instructed that TSMC should actively cooperate with the government to improve communication among industry, community, and the government to effectively distribute health and other public resources during emergency responses.

In 2018, TSMC successfully coordinated with representatives and experts from industry, government, and academia to establish the “Hsinchu Science Park Earthquake Emergency Response Project” to jointly promote earthquake risk management measures and ensure the country's sustainable competitiveness.

Reaching Cross-Industry Consensus and Establishing an Earthquake Emergency Response Platform

Since the September 21st earthquake in Taiwan, TSMC has continuously refined earthquake prevention measures and emergency responses to surpass existing standards and government regulations. In view of the disruptions to the global supply chain caused by earthquakes in Japan in recent years, TSMC has urged industry, government and academia since 2017 to set up an earthquake crisis forum, and advocated the necessity of joint earthquake prevention programs. One hundred and eighty representatives from the government, enterprises and the public reached a consensus to establish the "Hsinchu Science Park Earthquake Emergency Response Project” in 2018.

Phased Implementation to Ensure Stability of Business Operations

The experts of the Hsinchu Science Park Earthquake Emergency Response Project organized a four-phase implementation process (see table below), based on current earthquake risk management in the Science Park, to gradually improve overall seismic risk management awareness and further strengthen the park's emergency response capability. Project members from various fields collaborated together to provide specific solutions for risk management issues presented at each phase of the project.

Four Phases of Science Park Earthquake Risk Management Implementation

Wayne Wang, Director of the Hsinchu Science Park Bureau, showed his gratitude to TSMC for sharing professional earthquake management experience and feedback from its international customers. Wei-Sen Li, the Executive Secretary of the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, also stated that by combining TSMC’s influence in the industry, the results of the project can be shared with the international community to demonstrate the soft power of Taiwanese enterprises and achieve a win-win situation between government and enterprises.