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Acer' pursuit to make a positive impact to our society and environment has made significant headway in 2018. In addition to the on-going engagement with our partners and suppliers to act responsibly, we initiated several activities to encourage our global employees to take part in caring for our environment. With sustainable development embedded in the company culture, and the determination to innovate in all aspects of our technology, management and operations, we persist in giving back to our communities and exceling in our corporate social responsibilities (CSR).

Acer' responsibility efforts have been constantly recognized by leading sustainability indices that benchmark environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of organizations. For the fifth consecutive year we are a constituent of MSCI' ESG Indexes as well as being listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) Emerging Markets Index. Acer was included in the FTSE4Good Emerging Index for the third straight year, and listed in the new subcategory FTSE4Good TIP Taiwan ESG Index.

We have made enhancements within our organization with a new Corporate Sustainability Committee comprising of the Acer executive team to succeed the former Global Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. The new committee will integrate CSR strategies and drive Acer'  ESG performance with greater effectiveness, with working groups focused on corporate governance, risk management, innovation and product life cycle, environmental policy and management, supply chain management and others. 
 
To put into clearer perspective of Acer' impact on the environment and society, we continued to adopt the True Value methodology that quantifies in financial terms the costs and benefits. This serves as a guidance on taking the relevant risk control measures and weighing business opportunities. In addition, the World Meteorological Organization and World Economic Forum' risks reports state that enterprises can no longer ignore the impact of climate change with extreme weather events and temperatures. For this, in addition to the on-going engagement with our partners and suppliers to act responsibly, 50 percent of electricity consumption from Acer' global operations comes from green energy.
 
On the social aspect, Acer kicked off its second internal CSR Project Award submission with a focus on education and alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 that states to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all." Around the world, Acer employees submitted projects covering a spectrum of topics in the areas of health, education and environment, demonstrating their commitment to the company mission of breaking barriers between people and technology.
 
To boost environmental awareness and engagement among all employees, starting from Taiwan we launched the Acer Earth project that set up more than 300 collection centers for consumers to bring old batteries, notebook PCs and other mobile digital devices for recycling. The waste batteries will be recycled and reused in production, completing the chain of a circular economy. The result has been astounding with several tons of batteries and thousands of devices collected to date. In addition, our worldwide initiative - Project Humanity - has just kicked off, and invites employees to take part and make an impact together to protect the Earth. The "Green Challenge" was its first event, where we appealed to employees to reduce their consumption of one-time use materials such as disposable cutleries and paper cups. We are looking forward to the results of the first challenge!
 
Acer has been giving back to the communities since we were founded, but it' not enough to talk just about the past. We are taking continuous proactive actions, setting higher goals to make a meaningful difference for today and for tomorrow.