Hazardous Substance Management

In addition to the dedication to providing core products with market competitiveness to meet our customers' demands, as a citizen of the Earth, UMC has also taken on the responsibility of developing green products with efforts to cherish resources and protect the environment starting from the source. In addition to reducing resource consumption and unnecessary pollution during the production process, we have taken our efforts a step further to acquire green factory certificates to strive to be a good green role model.


Considerations for green products at each stage

  1. Choice of raw materials or components:
    Promote the reuse of raw materials in the process, and self-develop green chemicals. Promote the use of chemicals without harmful substances that can be recycled and reused.
  2. Direct operations, production & manufacturing:
    Promote clean reduction, reduce the use of hazardous substances.
  3. Distribution, storage and transportation:
    - Reuse the package materials from raw materials and some products in order to reduce the demand for such materials and the generation of waste.
    - With regards to product delivery strategy, by considering the location of customers and the amount of products that can be transported by the available carriers, UMC adopts common-route delivery rather than frequent, small and un-routine delivery modes.
  4. Use phase -operation and servicing/ maintenance:
    Develop environmentally friendly, low power consumption advanced process technologies.
  5. End of life management:
    Maintain the uniformity of ICs and products and avoid composite materials for easy recycling and disposal


Product Liability

In June 2006, UMC completed Hazardous Substance Process Management (HSPM) and has received IECQ QC080000 qualification, which made UMC the first semiconductor manufacturer in the world to achieve QC080000 HSPM for all fabs. To ensure the products provided to customers meet international standards and customer requirements like EU RoHS, EU REACH, Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer et al., we tried our best to reduce environmental impact and to reach customer request.


Regarding product safety, UMC poses no direct potential threats to its customers or the general public since UMC does not have its own end products. However, to ensure that products provided to customers meet international standards and customer requirements, UMC established a cross-divisional HSPM committee to improve the efficacy of green product management. We have completed third-party QC080000 IECQ certification for management of hazardous substances to ensure that UMC provides products that conform with RoHS directives and customers' requirements.


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