Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – September 20, 2012 – TSMC today announced that it has been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) as the semiconductor sector leader for the second year since 2010, and named to the DJSI World and DJSI Asia Pacific indexes for a twelfth consecutive year. TSMC showed improvements from the previous year in 19 out of 20 categories, setting a company record and once again highlighting the company’s dedication to corporate social responsibility, leadership in adopting international sustainability management standards, and continued innovation in the economic, environmental, and social dimensions.
The DJSI covers corporate performance in the economic, social, and environmental dimensions, and invites the world’s 2,500 largest companies in terms of market capitalization for evaluation on criteria including sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and economic and financial indicators to serve as an important benchmark for global investors. This year, 340 corporations were selected as DJSI World Index components, including five semiconductor companies. Of the five companies in the semiconductor sector, TSMC scored highest in categories including Risk and Crisis Management, Supply Chain Management, Environmental Policy/Management System, Product Stewardship, Water-Related Risk, Human Capital Development, Labor Practice Indicators and Human Rights, and Stakeholder Engagement. TSMC also received the highest overall score in the Social Dimension, achieving the highest total score to become the semiconductor sector leader.
“TSMC aspires to be a pioneer in corporate sustainability,” said TSMC Senior Vice President and Spokesperson Ms. Lora Ho. “In addition to excellent operational performance, we seek innovation in strategy, marketing, management, technology, and manufacturing and also actively adopt forward-looking measures to protect the environment, from green factories to green supply chain. We continue to build world-class green capabilities, strive to improve employee welfare and talent development and carry out our corporate social responsibilities to serve as an important force to uplift society.”
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes were launched in September 1999, and are offered cooperatively by Sustainable Asset Management of Zurich, Switzerland and S&P Dow Jones Indices. The indexes serve as benchmarks for socially responsible investing, and aim to provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. It serves as a widely-accepted measure of corporate sustainability and a key benchmark for global investors.
The DJSI World Index tracks the 2,500 largest companies in terms of market capitalization across 52 countries, classifies them according to 58 sectors, and selects the top 10% in terms of sustainability in each sector as components. The company with the highest total score in each sector is selected as the sector leader. From 2009 to 2012, the semiconductor sector leaders have been Intel Corp. (2009), TSMC (2010), Samsung Electronics (2011), and TSMC (2012). TSMC and Intel are the only semiconductor sector companies to be selected as index components for 12 consecutive years.
The DJSI Asia Pacific Index and respective subsets track the performance of the top 20% of the 600 largest Australian, Hong Kong, Japanese, Korean, New Zealand, Singaporean and Taiwanese companies that lead the field in terms of sustainability.
For more information please see the DJSI website at www.sustainability-index.com