The European semiconductor industry takes a leading and proactive approach to Environment Safety and Health (ESH) responsibilities. The European industry has an excellent ESH performance record and has repeatedly set and met voluntary emission reduction targets. It maintains a safe and healthy work environment for its employees and promotes safe and health conscious working practices. European manufacturing sites have audited environmental management systems in place such as ISO 14001. The industry promotes international cooperation regarding chemical management, utilizing scientific evidence and health assessment as the basis for effective workplace protection.
The ESH Committee coordinates the activities of the association in these areas. The ESIA ESH Committee has groups dealing with PFCs, PFAS, chemical management and REACH implementation, RoHS and other EU legislations.
ESIA is also proud to play a role as a member of the ESH Committee to the World Semiconductor Council. Through this unique forum, the global semiconductor industry is working together on collaborative approaches to resource conservation and many ESH issues. The semiconductor industry's PFC global reduction goal programme and the PFOS agreement are worthy achievements of this body.
In addition, ESIA participates in the WSC's annual International Semiconductor ESH conference (ISESH), a global forum that facilitates sharing of innovative ideas on new ESH technology practices and best practice exchange amongst ESH professionals.
UN’s Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals
The semiconductor sector supports the UN Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption with many companies from the sector participating in the world’s largest global corporate sustainability initiative. By incorporating the ten principles of the Global Compact into company strategies, policies and procedures, companies are continuing to strive for excellence within their business operations, working cultures and upholding their basic responsibilities to people and our planet. The Global Compact covers responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and provides a universal language for corporate responsibility globally with over 8,000 companies and 4,000 non-business participants based in over 160 countries.
In 2015, all Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all by laying out a path to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and the protection of our planet by 2030. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that address the most important economic, social, environmental and governance challenges of our time. Semiconductor companies are also invested in playing their part to advance these 17 SDGs and report on their progress annually. Companies implement key SDGs into their sustainable policies and programmes in their operations and supply chains and through engagements with stakeholders.
Pascal Roquet - STMicroelectronics
September 2021: ESIA Brochure on the European Semiconductor Industry: a strong contributor to reducing Carbon Emissions
October 2020: Commission Staff Working Document on Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
October 2020: European Chemicals Agency webinar on Restriction of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under REACH
March 2020: New Circular Economy Action Plan
March 2020: European Climate Law
December 2019: The European Green Deal
November 2019: ESIA Submission to Öko-Institut Stakeholder Consultation on a “Study to support the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new exemption request under RoHS 2 (Pack 15)”
July 2019: ECHA Guideline: How to comply with REACH Restriction 71, guideline for users of NMP (1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone)
June 2019: EU Environmental Council Conclusions - Towards a Sustainable Chemicals Policy Strategy of the Union
May 2019: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Volume 3: Industrial Processes and Product Use, Chapter 6: Electronics Industry Emissions
April 2019: U.N. Stockholm Convention on POPs, 9th Conference of the Parties Decision: Listing of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds
Brochure 2014: Semiconductors at the heart of Energy Efficiency
April 2013: ESIA position paper on HFCs
Brochure 2009: Enabling sustainable living in 21st century in Europe
 United Nations Global Compact. The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/mission/principles
 Sustainable Development Goals. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300