“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 | FormFactor, Inc.
FormFactor’s Corporate Social Responsibility Focus
We have identified nine areas of focus for our corporate social responsibility strategies based upon the nature of our business and stakeholders. These focus areas are aligned with our core values and help drive our priorities. We believe that this framework positions us for continuous improvement to have an enduring positive impact for all communities.
We design products for a positive impact on society and the environment
Our customers use our test and measurement products to reduce waste and improve yield, and our products are designed for efficiency
Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to gender equality, cultural, and disability inclusion
Our workforce is markedly diverse, and we treat the recruitment, retention and promotion of a balanced employee population as an important driver of company performance, including through events, networking groups, and management objectives that help ensure real inclusiveness
Health and Safety
We provide a safe workplace to ensure the health and well-being of personnel
We have an array of programs to prevent and manage risks from our operations to the wellbeing of our personnel and neighboring communities involving dedicated resources, diligent management systems and a range of training
Labor and Human Rights
We have zero tolerance for forced labor, and promote labor and human rights
We operate under high global standards including with our pay practices, benefits, employee leave and other working conditions, and all of our personnel enjoy freedom of expression, assembly and movement
Development and Engagement
We provide rewarding employee experiences and growth in all locations
Our employees have excellent opportunities to continuously grow and experience the rewards of feedback, training, mentorships, team building, career progression, tuition reimbursements, and a culture of transparency
Energy and Climate Change
We value energy efficiency and recognize the critical importance of addressing climate change
We utilize a variety of state-of-the-art technologies to reduce our power consumption in manufacturing and to maintain efficient environmental controls, and have measurable goals and progress towards our continuous reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions as part of Carbon Disclosure Project reporting
Supply Chain Responsibility
We mitigate the sustainability risks in our extended supply chain
Regular operational reviews involve oversight of key supplier performance including sustainability risks; we expect our suppliers to commit to the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct, and we conduct inquiries into their responsible sourcing
Waste and Chemicals
We reduce waste in landfills, and carefully manage our use of hazardous chemicals and materials
We have management systems for our use of chemicals to avoid unnecessary risks of waste or threats to the environment which that closely track usage, safe handling and environmentally conscious disposal
Education and Volunteering
We support education in schools, and give back to communities
Our scholarship and internship programs support educational opportunities; we recruit from local schools, donate equipment to schools and other charitable causes, and run a wide variety of giving and community support programs including blood drives, fundraisers and disaster relief efforts
Code of Business Conduct
FormFactor is committed to conducting business with integrity, trust and respect. As part of this pledge, we have adopted a Code of Business Conduct. Fulfilling our commitment to ethics and compliance is a critical part of earning sustainable business.
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 2016, we shipped 437,725 pounds of hazardous waste, including waste water, offsite for processing. This was a 185,940 pound or 30% reduction from hazardous waste shipments in 2015 and a 56% reduction from our 2014 numbers. During 2016, we saw a reduction in material recycled from our facility, from 240,311 pounds in 2015, to 190,854 pounds in 2016 or a 20% reduction. 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 2017.
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.