Respect Human Labor Rights

Sustainable Development Society

"Being people-oriented and sharing prosperity with society" are not only central concepts behind UMC promoted sustainable projects, but also the core values of social responsibility. UMC has over 18,220 employees worldwide. Behind every employee there is a family, with many friends and relatives. We are convinced that the seeds of sustainability will sprout and grow from the hearts of our employees to continue promoting the sustainability cause.

Care for employees is the primary task of the corporate pursuit of sustainable growth. UMC provides its employees with a healthy and safe work environment, respect for basic human rights, competitive remuneration, above-average industry welfare measures and complete training in order to encourage employee innovative thinking and to help them grow with the company.

UMC's public activities can be categorized into four components "support in remote communities,' 'volunteer service,' 'arts and environmental protection sponsorship' and “disaster relief.” To maximize the effectiveness and diversity of UMC's public service, company resources are combined with UMC's Science and Culture Foundation efforts. UMC Science and Culture Foundation was founded in 1996 and has been a major force behind UMC’s social welfare practices. The foundation is now focusing on support for disadvantaged families, reading promotion and volunteer services and expects to enhance the quality and competitiveness of society by the next generation of education.

Gender equality

UMC decides employee recruitment, appointment, appraisal and promotion based on performance. No employee will be discriminated against due to gender. UMC provides clear specifications to ensure compliance with relevant gender equality laws. At the end of 2016, UMC had 8,064 female employees, comprising 44.3% of our workforce. Females comprised of 12.0% of all managers.

Implementation of Fair Policies and Human Rights Protection

UMC supports and respects the International Labor Office Tripartite Declaration of Principles, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN Global Compact, and abides by the EICC and related international advocacy principles. UMC has also formulated labor and gender equality regulations as well as human rights protection and labor policies at all its operating locations.

UMC’s Labor Rights Emphasis
Labor:Freely chosen employment, child labor avoidance, working hours, wages and benefits, humane treatment, non-discrimination and freedom of association.
Ethics:Business integrity, no improper advantage, disclosure of information, intellectual property, fair business, advertising and competition, protection of identity, responsible sourcing of minerals, privacy and non-retaliation.
Child Labor Avoidance: UMC's employee hiring policy specifically states that the use of child labor (under 16 years old) is prohibited and any practice that may lead to the use of child labor is forbidden.
Employment relationship: After each employee is hired, they all legally sign a labor contract with UMC.
Freely Chosen Employment:The hiring contract stipulates that this employer-employee relationship is established with the consent of both parties. The use of forced labor, slavery and trafficking is forbidden.
Working hours: UMC rules state that employees’ regular working hours and overtime shall comply with applicable labor regulations, and the company developed an attendance system and regular inspections to manage working hours. UMC also regularly reminds its managers and employees of the above rules in labor-management meetings.
Equality: UMC’s hiring policy stipulates that race, gender, age, marital status, political stance or religious beliefs are not factors in the hiring, evaluation and promotion of employees, and that it will only do business with companies that abide by the same principles.

Electronic Industry Code of Conduct, EICC

In order to ensure workplace safety and comply with the labor right standards of the global electronic industry supply chain, UMC established its EICC committee in 2013 to focus on five areas: labor, health and safety, environmental, ethics and management system. The EICC committee clearly defines committee members’ authority and duty, sets related policies and performance objectives, and conducts self-assessments and reviews. In order to achieve company’s sustainable development, meet the requirements of our customers and bring benefits for the enterprise, UMC proactively work with customers and suppliers to promote related international human right standards and comply with EICC code.

Protection of disadvantaged groups:

UMC Taiwan proactively supports the employment of people with disabilities, establishing the channel of hiring disabled employees by campus recruiting projects. In 2016, UMC Taiwan hired 134 employees with disabilities in total. In compliance with Taiwanese regulation of employment of people with disabilities, UMC will continue to arrange suitable internal opportunities for those with disabilities.

In 2016, UMC Taiwan hired 68 employees who were Taiwan aborigines. Out of these employees, 29.41% were male and 70.59% were female; 33.82% of them were between the ages of 20 to 30, 52.94% were between the ages of 31 to 40, and 13.24% were between the ages of 41 to 50.

Human rights appeals: UMC provides employees convenient and confidential appeals channels.

Training related to fair policies and human rights protection: The annual training class is about 30 minutes. 100% of employees completed the class in 2016 and the total training hour was 13,980 hours.

Employee Communication

In order to communicate effectively with employees and solve problems in an efficient manner, UMC has set up labor-management meetings, departmental meetings, seminars and suggestion boxes as well as set up appeals channels for employees. In addition to their lawful rights, employees have the freedom to form independent clubs without interference or intervention from UMC. The appeals channels for employees are listed below:


Appeals channels for individual cases and employees of all levels


Appeals channels for sexual harassment: Service line: 31995;


Chief Human Resources Officer (CHO) Mailbox:


Employee Relationship (ER) Hotline 12885


Whistleblower Reporting Hotline 31425, Reporting

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