Supporting Biodiversity

In response to global concerns on biodiversity and forest conservation, UMC has formulated the “UMC Biodiversity and Reforestation Commitment (signed by Chairman)” to declare the Company’s attitude on protecting natural environment through the supervision and promotion of sustainable governance.


UMC Biodiversity and No Deforestation Commitment

Human economic activities have led to the deterioration of natural environment, loss of biological resources, and endanger the balance of ecosystems. UMC is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its own operations and calls upon its suppliers and value chain partners to jointly support biodiversity maintenance and forest conservation, as well as to promote the well-being of society and planet, and to respond to the challenges posed by climate change


Our Commitments:

  1. Avoid constructing manufacturing facilities or engaging operations adjacent to globally or nationally protected biodiversity areas.
  2. Regularly conduct biodiversity risk assessments, set goals according to priorities, and take mitigation measures such as avoidance, minimization, restoration, and offset to reduce ecological impacts and achieve no net loss (NNL).
  3. Strive for net positive impact (NPI) and no gross deforestation by 2050, and comply with international and local forestry laws or policies.
  4. Actively cooperate with suppliers and external stakeholders to support biodiversity conservation programs.
  5. Promote the concept and values of biodiversity, enhance public awareness of ecological conservation, and encourage ecological conservation actions
  6. Actively respond to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other initiatives to preserve biodiversity.


Our Action

UMC has been supporting environmental and ecological conservation in Taiwan for a long time. UMC promotes biological diversity and species restoration in the environment, and enhances people’s conceptualization of environmental protection from the two perspectives of conservation and education in the hope of caring for and protecting Taiwan’s native ecology. Since 1999, UMC has promoted greenhouse gas voluntary reduction programs and measures. UMC’s reduction achievements have passed the review of the Environmental Protection Administration, and obtained reduction amounts (i.e. carbon credits) in the GHG Early Action Project stage. Moreover, in 2014, UMC signed its first carbon credit trading plan approved by Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration with Dragon Steel Corporation, and the revenues from the carbon trade were used to launch the Eco-echo Ecological Conservation Hope Project, and to promote The Sauter’s Frog (Rana sauteri) Habitat Conservation Project, Eco Echo Award initiative, and other events to maintain biodiversity successively, enabling the enterprise to co-prosper with the environment and firmly protecting Taiwan’s ecological environment from damage.


Biodiversity Risk Assessment

UMC introduced biodiversity risk assessment in stages, and analyzed the biodiversity risks of Taiwan's operating bases (Own operations, Adjacent areas to own operations) and value chains(Upstream activities, Downstream activities)

 in 2022, we use the "WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter" tool and consider industrial characteristics and operating sites factors, assess the "Dependency-related biodiversity risks " and "Impact-related biodiversity risks”, We through the company-wide risk identification, give priority to "avoidance" and "minimization" measures for medium and high risks, and reduce ecological impact.



  • Dependency-related biodiversity risks


Regarding the risk of dependence on water resources, UMC promulgated the "UMC Water Resources Management Policy and Commitment" as early as 2015, pursuing the maximization of water use efficiency. Over the years, the process water recovery rate has exceeded 80%, which is better than the regulatory standard. In order to reduce dependence on tap water sources, UMC has set water-saving goals in its sustainable strategy blueprint and expanded multiple water sources. It plans to reduce water consumption per unit of product by 30% and use reclaimed water to 40% by 2030, reducing the dependence of operations on natural water resources.


Risk item

Risk description

Risk identification

Water scarcity

Operating activities rely on natural water resources, excessive use will endanger the ecology

Medium → Low

(after control measures)

Water condition

Operations rely on high-quality water resources, if damage to the quality of water resources will endanger the ecology


Air condition

Business activities rely on good quality air, if the air quality is damaged, it will endanger the ecology


Note: WWF BRF has total 9 Dependency-related risks. Except for the above 3 items, the other 6 items (including forestry resources, animal and plant resources, soil quality, etc.) are not relate to UMC , so they are excluded.


  • Impact-related biodiversity risks


Assessment Results UMC Taiwan's operating bases are within 2 kilometers of no adjacent global or nationally listed important biodiversity areas. UMC's environmental protection policy aims at zero pollution, in order to meet or exceed the requirements of environmental protection laws and international conventions, and continuously introduce high-efficiency pollution prevention technologies and equipment. change.


Risk item

Risk description

Risk identification


Operating activities produce air pollution, water pollution, it could endanger the ecology

Medium → Low

(after control measures)

Protected conserved areas

Operations in protected areas, key biodiversity areas, or other ecologically important demarcated areas that may damage the ecology


Key biodiversity areas


Other important delineated areas


Ecosystem condition

If the operating activities damage the surrounding ecosystem, it may lead to the loss of biological habitat and the extinction of species


Range rarity

If the operation activities destroy the habitat of rare species, it could cause the number decrease or extinct


Note: WWF BRF has total 9 impact risks. In addition to the above 6 items, the other 1 item (invasion of alien species) is not related to UMC, so it is excluded; the other 2 items (land change, deforestation) are excluded because there is no additional risk of impact on biodiversity by the exist factories.


Value Chain

Evaluation result

Some manufacturers in the value chain are close to important biodiversity areas listed globally or nationally within 2 kilometers of their operating bases. Due to industrial characteristics, some manufacturers’ operations may have risks of water resource dependence, air quality dependence, pollution impact risks, Ecosystem Impact Risk. (Note 1)



UMC has been promoting sustainable supply chain management for a long time. Through auditing and counseling, manufacturers must comply with environmental regulations before becoming qualified suppliers. In response to international attention to biodiversity issues, UMC will incorporate biodiversity and non-deforestation requirements into the supplier code of conduct in 2022, and include them in the supplier self-assessment questionnaire, and continue to strengthen the management of biodiversity risks in the value chain. The Green Award, launched as early as 2016, continues to receive responses from suppliers every year, assisting NGO groups to invest in ecological conservation plans and jointly support biodiversity.


(Note 1: The above-mentioned risks have not considered the factors of control measures)


Eco-echo Ecological Conservation Hope Project

The Sauter's Frog (Rana sauteri) Habitat Conservation Project (2014~2016)


Eco Echo Award (2016~ongoing )

In 2016, the UMC Eco Echo Award was established to solicit high-quality ecological conservation projects. And since the 3rd UMC Eco Echo Award, the total prize money has grown to NT$3 million per year, making it the highest prize money in the field of ecological conservation initiated by enterprises in Taiwan. Apart from that, in order to stimulate young students' awareness and understanding about protecting the environment and ecology, the "Youth Environmental Action Award" has also been established since the 4th UMC Eco Echo Award, with the aim to encourage young students to turn their enthusiasm and creativity for environmental protection into practical actions and further bring changes to the environment. In response to global attention on climate change and resource shortages, the 7th Eco Echo Awards added the Green Innovation Award. This award encourages start-up teams to propose solutions for net zero/carbon reduction and resource reclamation. Total prizes were raised to NT$4 million.


In the eight years since the inception of the UMC Eco Echo Awards, 68 ecological conservation and green innovation projects have been implemented across Taiwan. In addition to our own effort, UMC has also linked resources from various parties and combined the power of supply chain partners to realize more outstanding ecological conservation projects.

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