FormFactor views a successful business as not just achieving financial results, but also being a good corporate citizen. We hold ourselves accountable for our ethical, social and environmental impact around the world.
Mike Slessor, PH.D.
Chief Executive Officer
We have adopted several policies that directly address the impact of our global activities, including:
Statement of Corporate Code of Business Conduct
Statement of Financial Code of Ethics
Statement re California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
Statement of Policy Regarding Conflict Minerals
Statement of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive
Statement on Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Code of Conduct
Statement on Child Labor
We have standards and processes for our global operations. Responsible sourcing of minerals, labor policies that ensure ethical and fair treatment of all employees, and environmental impact awareness are among the issues that we focus upon, and that we expect our suppliers to also address.
Minimizing Our Environmental Impact
When it comes to our environmental responsibility, we set high standards. It not only makes good business sense and is the right thing to do, but many of our employees and their families live in the communities near our facilities.
Within our plants and offices, we continually look for ways to make our operations more efficient. For example, we installed state-of-the-art microprocessor-optimized compressed air and air-dryer systems, which reduced our power requirements by 25% when compared to traditional systems. During construction of our San Jose facility, we replaced 90% of the HVAC systems with high-efficiency systems. Then, since we know that lighting accounts for more than 25% of energy use, we installed high-efficiency light sources and imposed strict inactive light termination protocols to substantially reduce power consumption. And most cubicles that house our employees are made from recycled materials.
We are extremely focused on reducing the environmental impact of our Livermore Wafer Fab and actively monitor and drive improvements in our waste and recycling activities out of this facility. During 2015, we shipped 623,665 pounds of hazardous waste, including waste water, offsite for processing. This was a 370,033 pound or 37% reduction from hazardous waste shipments in 2014. We were able to achieve this significant reduction by installing and bringing on line, in-house waste water treatment capability. During 2015, we also made year on year improvements in the amount of material recycled from our facility, from 233,464 pounds in 2014 to 240,311 pounds in 2015, a 3% improvement. We continue to have projects underway to further reduce our waste generation per unit produced and expect to see reductions continued as we move through fiscal 2016.
We encourage our vendors to adopt and follow green practices. We value those that share our commitment to this important endeavor.
The eco-effort has become an integral part of our corporate mindset. We will continue to try to reduce our overall energy consumption and waste across our entire global operations – in our clean-room manufacturing spaces, in our service and repair facilities, and at our offices. The higher our eco-standards, the better we serve our customers and the communities we call home.
Taking Care of Employees
In addition to strictly abiding by all applicable rules and regulations that benefit and protect employees, we have training and safety programs in place. We seek continuous improvement on our health and safety programs. One example is our efforts to reduce employee injuries. We track recordable injuries as part of our Environmental Health and Safety monitoring program. During the 4th quarter of 2013, we initiated a job rotation program in our Livermore Fab that monitors and limits operator exposure to strenuous tasks. We expect this rotation program to reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries and further reduce our injury rate. We are also re-engineering tooling and processes to reduce operator stress due to lifting heavy objects.