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 require our suppliers, service providers, contractors, outsourcing partners, logistics companies, mergers and acquisitions and value chain partners to abide by Acer's environmental, safety and health policy through life cycle management to jointly achieve our commitments to the environment and our health and safety performance.
When we respond to market demands and choose to further develop the organization through business expansion, we will conduct due diligence assessments on companies prior to mergers and acquisitions.
Acer's environmental, safety and health policy is as follows:
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.
In October 2017, Acer’s business units in Taiwan (excluding Nanpiao, Kaohsiung) took the lead in introducing ISO 14001:2015 New Environmental Management Systems. Other operating subsidiaries, such as in China, are in the process of planning ISO 14001:2015 system implementation. In order to comply with the Acer Group’s global strategy, preparations for the integration of the company’s environmental and safety and health management systems with those of acquired companies are underway. The Group also plans to replace the existing OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system with ISO 45001 within three years.
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.
We have already published our SBT methodology, setting an estimated 2030 carbon reduction target, however we are still awaiting verification of the methodology, and will reconfirm the suitability of our medium- and long-term carbon reduction targets
2016 saw a reduction of 20.6% on 2015, a reduction on base year of 53.42%.
In terms of global shipping of goods, we reduced air shipping by 3% on last year and increased rail transport by 3%, a strategic attempt to reduce carbon footprint
2017 Goals and Commitments
In line with SBT methodology, we have completed and disclosed our medium- and long-term carbon reduction targets
Reduction in carbon emissions of 50% on base year 2009
Mid- and Long-term Goals
In 2020, reducing carbon emissions by 60% on 2009
Expanding use of green electricity to 50%.
Resource and 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 office equipment, and adjustments to power consumption habits. In 2016, Acer Taiwan's main energy saving measures included: Aspire Park's Aspire Research Complex, along with Aspire Resort, Aker eDC, and other large building complexes making continued use of solar power generation systems for green electricity; the Aspire Park parking lot making use of energy-saving LED bulbs; Aspire Resort II using energy-efficient air conditioning; and the Xizhi headquarters, Aspire Resort, and Aker eDC implementing an energy management system and ongoing energy usage monitoring. Compared with 2015, we were able to reduce total power consumption by some 1,337,654 units.
To protect and live with the environment, we continue to explore a variety of energy saving opportunities. In 2016, Aspire Resort received for the third time a silver in the ROC’s Annual Enterprises Environmental Protection Award, as well as a Gold Level Green Mark, while the Da’an office area also participated in the inaugural Save Energy, Love the Earth Awards, being honored with the Best Power Savings Performance award. While we may not have manufacturing plants, we nonetheless treasure our planet’s resources and insist on a commitment to environmental protection.
With no manufacturing facilities, the primary source of waste products for Acer is daily office operations. We continue to strengthen our waste product management, collecting statistics on garbage production, recycling, and waste 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 product management legislation, industrial guidelines, and our own commitments. For example, Acer Taiwan’s garbage 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 products are regularly turned over once each year to qualified contracted processing facilities.
Paper Reduction and Recycling
In view of deforestation and loss of biodiversity and the serious impact on the ecosystem these cause, Acer Taiwan remains committed to the usage of FSC certified copier paper and to ensuring that paper is sourced from sustainably managed forests. We also encourage our staff to reduce their usage of copier paper, to print on both sides of paper, and to make multiple uses of sheets of paper, along with promoting the recycling and reuse of paper and the provision of recycling stations next to copiers to facilitate said recycling.
Staff Transportation and Commuting
In order to reduce the environmental impact of staff transport, we encourage staff to carpool to and from work, to prioritize public transportation, and to make greater use of teleconferencing in place of domestic or international business trips. In 2016, gas usage by company vehicles was down approximately 3.05% on 2015, while business-trip flight mileage was down by 20.69%.
Water Resource Management
With Acer's global business model primarily focused around 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 2016, the staff rooms Acer Taiwan’s Xizhi headquarters switched to Green Mark-certified dishwashing liquid and reduced water used on cleaning of dishes and utensils, thus reducing environmental pollution.
In 2016, Acer Taiwan's water saving focus continued to be on water reclamation and reuse, improving water facilities, and managing water usage, as well as conducting regular inspections of the aforementioned. Our main water-saving measures include: the reuse of water used in Aspire Park for the irrigation of grass and greenery; the collection and joint 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 dehumidifiers; and Aker eDC's use of reclaimed rainwater and application of well-water for air conditioner cooling. Compared with 2015, we were able to reduce total water usage by some 3,538 m3.