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Environmental Management

Thorough implementation of Acer’s Environmental, Health and Safety Management System keeps the corporation in line with our EHS policy by reducing the impact our products and operations have on the environment. It also helps us save energy and ensure appropriate treatment of waste, as well as raising the environmental awareness of employees. By realizing above objectives, we provide safe products and services and ensure our employees are healthy and safe in the workplace.

Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

Acer endeavors to achieve balanced development in economy, environment and society. We understand that all our products, services and activities have potential impact to the environment and community where we conduct business, so we are devoted to environmental protection. We are also dedicated to providing a safe and healthy workplace for employees believing that occupational health and safety is the foundation of sound and responsible business operations. We ensure all employees understand their roles and responsibilities and are working with our partners and suppliers to meet or exceed the environmental, health and safety commitments.

Acer endeavors to achieve balanced development in economy, environment and society. We understand that all our products, services and activities have potential impact to the environment and community where we conduct business, so we are devoted to environmental protection. We are also dedicated to providing a safe and healthy workplace for employees believing that occupational health and safety is the foundation of sound and responsible business operations. We ensure all employees understand their roles and responsibilities and are working with our partners and suppliers to meet or exceed the environmental, health and safety commitments.

  • Meet or exceed all applicable legal requirements, industry standards and voluntary agreements to which Acer subscribes.
  • Improve resource productivity by promoting pollution prevention, energy efficiency and waste reduction.
  • Carefully select raw materials and suppliers to provide safe and low environmental impact products.
  • Strive to create a safe and healthful workplace and to prevent occupational injury and illnesses.
  • Continuously improve EHS performance based on audit and communications.

Environmental Operation and Management

We implement stringent management of environment, health and safety (EHS), setting targets and action plans each year to continually improve EHS performance. We also strive to reduce the impact of business operations on the environment and community.

Sound Environmental, Health and Safety Management

Acer is a brand that operates under a global model, with our headquarters located in Xizhi. Acer's other Taiwanese branches, service centers, and distribution centers are all also normal office or industrial buildings.

We comprehensively follow the Acer EHS Policies, implementing thorough EHS management systems to achieve our goals and commitments in this regard. These include regular monitoring of adherence to and applicability of Acer standards to manage potential risks to people and the environment and the environmental impact of our products. A range of measures have been put in place to help ensure staff have a comfortable working environment that values health and safety.

Since 2012, we have been expanding the scope of our EHS management mechanism until it covers all offices and operating locations in Taiwan. We continue to organize courses related to EHS, as well as organizing on-site guidance in our locations in the center and south of Taiwan. Additionally, our EHS Committee holds regular meetings and discussions regarding progress and issues in related areas. All business units located at Acer’s Xizhi headquarters, along with all external business units elsewhere in Taiwan (excluding Nanpiao, Kaohsiung) and our office in Beijing, China, passed third-party audits in 2015, extending the validity of their ISO 14001:2004 certification. In 2017, Acer plans to introduce the latest environmental management system in line with the ISO 14001:2015 guidelines, along with replacing the current OHSAS 18001:2007 with the new ISO 45001:2016 Occupational health and safety management systems.

We also require our suppliers to establish their own EHS management systems. At present, a vast majority of our suppliers of original design manufacturing (ODM) and key components have received ISO 14001 certification, as well as continuing to implement OHSAS 18001. To ensure our suppliers get ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, we have implemented related items into our vendor CSR scorecard and worked with the EICC to conduct on-site audits. Through such measures, we are able to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of supplier’s EHS management systems. At the 2015 supplier CSR communication meeting we formally announced our requirement that suppliers implement new ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems and replace the OHSAS 18001:2007 with the new ISO 45001:2016 standard.

Implementation and continuous improvement

Acer ensures EHS policies are put into practice according to ISO standards by regularly conducting internal and external audits. With the objective of prevention through inspection, defects found by auditors are documented for correction, ensuring that the inspection system serves as a reference for continual improvement.

Acer H.Q. ISO 14001 Certificate

Environmental Objectives

2015 Goals and Achievements

2016 Goals and Commitments

Resource and Energy Management

Energy Management

Acer’s energy consumption primarily comes from office electricity usage. We are currently aiming to reduce energy usage through a three-pronged approach: the use of green electricity, improved electrical equipment, and adjustments of power consumption habits. In 2015, Acer Taiwan's main energy saving measures included: Aspire Park's Aspire Research Complex, along with Aspire Resort, e-Enabling Data Center, and other large building complexes making continued use of solar power generation systems for green electricity; the Da’an office area making use of energy-saving LED bulbs throughout; and the Xizhi headquarters implementing an energy monitoring system. Compared with 2014, we were able to reduce total power consumption by some 1,452,205 units. In 2015, Acer’s Aspire Resort again received the honor of a silver in the ROC’s Enterprises Environmental Protection Award, as well as being invited by the EPA and Tourism Bureau to share our environmental experiences and demonstrate our dedication and commitment to environmental protection.

Acer Taiwan’s Major Energy Saving Measures in 2015

Waste Management

With no manufacturing facilities, the primary source of waste products for Acer is daily office operations. We continue to strengthen our waste management, collecting statistics on common waste, recycling, and IT equipment at our office locations around the world to stay on top of any changes and investigate potential improvement measures. In compliance with our corporate environmental policy, we are committed to adherence to waste management legislation, industrial guidelines, and our own commitments. For example, Acer Taiwan’s common waste is handled in line with the building management committee's guidelines or handed over directly to local cleaning teams; recyclables are sorted and turned over to recycling plants or local recycling transport; and waste IT equipment are regularly turned over to qualified, contracted processing facilities.

Paper Reduction and Recycling

In view of the serious impact of deforestation and loss of biodiversity on the ecosystem, in 2012 Acer formally announced the “Acer Group Sustainable Paper and Packaging Policy,” continuing our pursuit of reduction in design, the usage of environmentally friendly materials, and reducing office paper usage. Acer Taiwan, for example, continued to specifically purchase only FSC-labeled copier paper in 2015, as well as encouraging double-sided printing/copying and reduction of overall printing and copying; since 2011, copier paper usage has continually dropped. We have also promoted paper recycling and the use of water-based destruction of confidential documents in place of incineration or burial, reducing air and soil pollution. According to 2015 statistics, Acer Taiwan destroyed a total of 15,326 kg of confidential documents during the year.

Acer Taiwan Copier Paper Consumption, 2011-2015

Employee Transportation and Commuting

In order to reduce the environmental impact of staff transport, Acer Taiwan has put in place an internal carpooling network to encourage employees to share vehicles to and from work. We also pushed for the establishment of a YouBike station in the park and a bicycle parking area in the parking lot to provide low-carbon commuting options for staff. Due to the convenience of access to the Xizhi headquarters by public transportation, such public transportation tools have become the priority choice for Acer staff, and 2015 statistics show that company car fuel usage dropped by 2.65% over the previous year. Additionally, Aspire Park has purchased three electric vehicles for company use, supporting low-carbon transportation options. We also continue to promote the use of teleconference tools, providing them for usage in meetings between staff in different offices and/or countries, thus offering a replacement for international travel.

Water Resource Management

With Acer's global business model primarily focused on product sales and customer service, with none of our own manufacturing, our working environment is primarily that of office buildings. As such, there are no large-scale water uses, with the major use being daily-use water in the offices, which is drawn from municipal sources and thus has no significant impact on water resources. The waste water produced by our global offices is primarily ordinary sewage and waste water. Our waste water is discharged in accordance with local regulations into the local sewer systems and processed by local treatment plants, thus posing no significant threat to the environment.

In 2015, Acer Taiwan's water saving focus continued to be on water reclamation and reuse, improving water facilities, strengthening water usage inventory, and conducting regular inspections of the above. Our main water-saving measures include: the reuse of water used in Aspire Park for the irrigation of 172 ha of greenery; the collection and processing of waste water from swimming pools and paddling pools at Aspire Resort, with water passing through filtration systems and an ozone sterilization process for reclamation and reuse; the establishment of a condensate reclamation system for Aspire Resort’s air conditioners; and e-Enabling Data Center's use of reclaimed rainwater and application of well-water for air conditioner cooling. Compared with 2014, we were able to reduce total water usage by some 9,045 cubic meters.

Acer Taiwan’s Major Water Saving Measures in 2015