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Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Management System

UMC recognizes that sustainable business operations have to provide its valued customers and important stakeholders with uninterrupted services. To maintain customer satisfaction in terms of variety, quality and continuity is the biggest objective of the company’s business continuity management. UMC has developed a site level-business continuity plan since 1999. Furthermore, in 2012 the company implemented its business continuity management system following ISO 22301 to ensure the highest possible operating level and further protect the interests of customers and stakeholders during a disaster.



BCM Framework

UMC follows the ISO22301 standard to establish, implement, monitor and maintain BCMs, with continual improvement of the system, to ensure that business operations continue during incidents or disasters, and to realize the goal of non-interrupted operation.

All UMC fabs and functional departments have deployed emergency response and recovery plans for specific events such as earthquake, fire, chemical spill, power disruption, water shortage and material shortage. BCP Exercise are conducted every year in order to continually improve emergency response and recovery procedures.





Stage 1. Incident management

Stabilize the effect of incidents or disasters as per the emergency response plan.



Stage 2. Business continuity

Achieve minimum operational goals within the recovery time objective, RTO, as per the business continuity plan.



Stage 3. Business recovery

Recovery at the affected fab to restore its production capability back to normal within maximum acceptable downtime as per business recovery plan.



Operation of Business Continuity Management

In 2013, UMC, a leading global semiconductor foundry, received ISO 22301 certification for its business continuity management system and became the first foundry worldwide to achieve ISO 22301 certification. In 2016, certification was extended to UMC’s Fab 12i in Singapore to compelte the company goal of certifying all of its 12-inch fabs, reaffirming to customers UMC’s commitment to providing uninterrupted foundry services.


To this day, UMC continues to maintain and review the effectiveness of our BCM system by third party* every year to ensure that when disasters occur, UMC can maintain the minimum operating level and continue to recover, thus protecting the best interests of customers and stakeholders.


In addition to yearly BCP exercises using different scenario, we also conduct an MT level drill once every 3 years. The drill is convened by President Chien and related executive members including CFO, CHO, the 12-inch manufacturing vice president, manufacturing resource integration vice president, etc. We practice stakeholder’s communication tactics in various aspects, including employees, suppliers, customers, investment banks and social media. In addition, production allocation plans between different fabs are also adopted. It demonstrates UMC’s resilience in business continuity.


* The third party audit and revisit was executed by BSI (British Standard Institution).

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