In April 2021, we called out to all offices in Taiwan to turn off their lights during lunch breaks to save electricity. Initially, many people had trouble understanding why they should do this. To address this, we engaged in constant communication, with the Employee Relations Department and General Affairs Department calling each unit to explain the concept behind the activity, while staff responsible for turning the lights off at each location discussed it with their colleagues to find more effective approaches. Many senior staffers took the initiative to invite offices that had not participated in the event to respond, helping remind new staff to turn off the lights during the period. As a result, the number of kilowatt-hours saved in 2021 increased by 11% over 2020. In the process, we found that people became accustomed to this Earth Day activity, a simple yet frugal turning off of lights, and it became a habit, successfully helping build a consensus on environmental action. In realizing Project Humanity, every decision counts.
Encouraging staff to get involved in the recycling of electronics, this project saw staff hand over waste electronics to excellent recyclers with leading environmentally friendly technology, ensuring the materials enjoy extended lives and recycling precious metals for reuse. Funds from recycling were donated to the Taipei Orphan Welfare Foundation, helping children who have lost their parents receive an education.
Since Acer launched Project Humanity in 2019, the Employee Relations Department and Employee Benefits Committee have led staff in carrying out a series of initiatives and practices for environmental protection awareness and action, including the 21-day Plastic Reduction Challenge, Acer Green Action Plan, and Acer Green Points Challenge, combining environmental education and community support to build consensus, raise awareness, and exert influence. In 2021, we continued to show our concern for the environment with the launch of the app game “Island Crossing,” encouraging staff to care about marine issues and reduce their use of plastics. Through online activities, they can level up to unlock new “knowledge treasures,” as well as having the chance to win prizes. Through this, we are able to increase support among staff and open up new horizons for marine environmental protection.
Acer Taiwan invites staff to help achieve carbon reduction and energy savings through making one day a week meat-free, not using disposable plastic containers, bringing their own environmentally friendly tableware, using public transportation, and taking the stairs rather than elevators. Through half a year of such activities, we accomplished a carbon dioxide reduction of 29,913 kg.
Through daily, weekly, and monthly goals, we hope to encourage our employees to continuously pursue environmental conservation, lifelong learning, and physical, mental, and spiritual health improvement. Staff members are encouraged to send messages of thanks, praise, and encouragement to their colleagues through the app every week, translating their care into words and indirectly shaping a heart-warming culture in Acer. In addition, offline marketing activities will be combined with online and offline channels to boost participation in the event.
Responding to the call for Acer staff to get involved in environmental activities, staff handed over waste electronics to excellent recyclers with leading environmentally friendly technology, ensuring the materials enjoy extended lives and recycling precious metals for reuse. Funds from recycling were donated to the Taipei Orphan Welfare Foundation, helping children who have lost their parents receive educations.