Particularly in the highly competitive, dynamic semiconductor industry market, sustainability proves to be a crucial competitive advantage. We conduct our planning with resource conservation in mind and we integrate factors such as product and production safety as well as health and environmental protection into all business processes right from the outset. At the same time, we commit to accepted global sustainability initiatives and purposefully assume social responsibility particularly in the areas around our sites.


Self-commitment

Our sustainability strategy extends far beyond legally mandated standards for the protection of the environment, employees, and society. We consequently comply with the key ideas of the chemical industry’s Initiative Responsible Care®. We also follow the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and regard ourselves as suppliers to the electronics industry committed to adhering to the RBA (Responsible Business Aliance, formerly known as the EICC Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition).

 

Sustainability rating

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to investors worldwide and is becoming more important for Siltronic as a responsible, capital market-oriented company.

ISS oekom

Since 2017, Siltronic has been analysed and rated by the rating agency ISS-oekom, the world's largest provider of corporate governance and responsible investments, according to more than 100 criteria in six sustainability topics.

With the "Prime" rating, Siltronic is one of the leading companies in the semiconductor industry when it comes too sustainability.

Non-financial report of Siltronic AG

The current non-financial report of Siltronic shows concisely and factually how we reconcile economic aspects with ecological and social responsibility.



Environmental protection

Integrated environmental protection ranks as one of the most important pillars in our sustainability concept. In order to adhere to these requirements, we define new savings and recycling objectives at all sites on a regular basis.


Within the context of integrated environmental protection, one of Siltronic AG’s primary concerns is safe and resource conserving production. In order to accomplish this, we continuously work on optimizing our production processes. We close material cycles and return secondary products to other production steps. This allows us to reduce waste and consumption. We underscore our demand for sustainable and economic production with concrete figures. For example, each Siltronic production site defines annual target savings in the emissions, waste, and water consumption areas. In order to reach these targets, the factories conduct individual programs tailored to each location’s specific conditions.


Year 2018

Siltronic Burghausen

Siltronic Freiberg

Siltronic Portland

Siltronic Singapore SSP

Siltronic Singapore SSW

GHG emission reduction

Specific energy consumption reduction of > 1.5% compared to previous year.

Specific energy consumption reduction of > 1.5% compared to previous year.

Specific energy consumption reduction of > 1.5% compared to previous year.

Specific energy consumption reduction of > 1.5% compared to previous year.

Specific energy consumption reduction of > 1.5% compared to previous year.

Waste reduction

Increase HYBOX usage rate to > 85%.

Increase HYBOX usage rate to > 85%.

Reduction of landfill waste by > 1%.

Average utilization of 40% and 60% recycled SiC and glycol, respectively.

Average utilization of 60% and 80% recycled SiC and glycol, respectively.

Water consumption reduction

Monitoring of ultrapure water consumption.

Monitoring ultrapure water consumption.

Water consumption reduction of 20 % compared to previous year.

Maintaining water recycling rate with existing recycling systems
at >= 46%

Maintaining water recycling rate with existing recycling systems
at >= 26%

Product safety

Our silicon products meet all requirements stipulated by global legal specifications.


In manufacturing our hyperpure silicon wafers, we observe criteria regarding environmental and health protection as well as safety during all stages in the product life cycle. Although we are under no legal obligation to provide safety data sheets for our products, we do so for our customers upon request.

Since 2007, the REACH chemical regulation has regulated the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals in the European Union (EU). All of the raw materials and auxiliary agents that Siltronic uses and all of the Siltronic products fulfill the REACH regulation requirements and contain no Conflict Materials or Substances of very high concern. Moreover, our hyperpure monocrystalline silicon products do not contain any substances that are subject to prohibitions and/or restrictions pursuant to EU Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS). Our products furthermore comply with Sony Standard SS-00259.

Safety data sheets

Process reliability

Risk analyses and ongoing training programs guarantee workplace safety.


With the objective of making processes and machines even safer in order to avoid endangering people and the environment, we operate a comprehensive safety management system throughout the group. This system is aligned with the international occupational health and safety standard OHSAS 18001 in order to evaluate hazards on a regular basis and monitor the work areas in this regard. In order to guarantee safety in manufacturing, we analyze the risks inherent to our systems from their design through to commissioning. We also ensure the safe storage and transportation of products and auxiliary agents.

Siltronic attaches special importance to the training and continuing education of its safety experts, and trains all employees in the safety issues relevant for their particular workplaces on a regular basis.

Certification

Employees

Our conscientious and sustained human resources policy is an important investment in the future.


In line with our sustainability strategy and our future-oriented actions, we attach great importance to personnel development. After all, it is our dedicated employees who make us economically successful, innovative, and competitive. We provide an extensive range of internal training and development programs which the framework that allows all employees, from trainees to top managers, to develop their potential and continue to grow.

We offer apprenticeships and continuing training and also develop our employees around the world based on their strengths and specific target groups and motivate them to a lifetime of learning.

As a global player, Siltronic is active in an international markets and multicultural environments. We need the abilities and dedication of each and every employee. We regard the diversity of our people as a genuine asset. We adamantly oppose unequal treatment or disparagement based on sex, race or ethnic origin, religion or ideology, disability, sexual orientation, or age. These principles apply throughout the company and, as a part of our corporate culture, are anchored in our Code of Conduct.

For these reasons, in the summer of 2017, we also appointed a Diversity Officer and signed the Diversity Charter. This is an internationally recognized commitment to the economic benefits of diversity and tolerance, fairness and appreciation in the workplace and society. Both measures underscore the importance of diversity for Siltronic AG.

Siltronic hires new employees and managers exclusively on the basis of their qualifications. Women and men at Siltronic enjoy equal opportunities. At Siltronic, the the equal treatment of male and female employees is a matter of course.

Careers at Siltronic

At our sites in Asia, Europe, and the USA, we offer students, entry-level workers, and experts multifaceted opportunities for vocational development. Find out more about a career at Siltronic AG.

Society

With openness and transparency, Siltronic AG positions itself at the heart of society and assumes responsibility for its actions.


At Siltronic, sustainability also means transparency and openness in the meaning of Corporate Citizenship. A good relationship with our neighbors is of great importance. At Siltronic, this means speaking openly about what goes on behind the factory gates and addressing the public’s questions globally. This is the only way to build society’s trust, which is essential for companies if they are to economically successful. This is why Siltronic takes on societal responsibility, particularly in plant location areas. In addition to a sound education for young people in the natural sciences and technology (which is particularly close to our hearts), long-term social projects for children and young people are also important pillars of our social involvement. As a member of the WACKER RELIEF FUND foundation, we support the victims of natural catastrophes and contribute to rebuilding destroyed regions.

Openness also characterizes our contact with international universities, where our researchers are regularly invited to presentations and guest lectures. In return, we offer university groups inside views at an industrial company’s work at our sites and offer students an opportunity to complete bachelor and diploma projects and dissertations at Siltronic - or to work as interns and student workers.

With regard to political parties and non-government organizations, we are also committed to conscientious, ethical behavior in compliance with our principles of conduct. We advocate our political interests in accordance with the positions that we express publicly. Our dealings with the political arena are based on substantive positions, whereby we are open to dialoging with all democratically-minded parties.