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GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Honored for Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Leadership

  • By: Communications
  • July 2, 2013
  • Category: Culture

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This morning, SEMI announced that GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha received this year’s “SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award – Inspired by Akira Inoue.” Named after the late Akira Inoue who served as president of Tokyo Electron Limited, the award recognizes individuals in industry and academia who have made significant contributions in the area of environment, health and safety (EHS) by exercising leadership or demonstrating innovation in the development of processes, products or materials that reduce EHS impacts during semiconductor manufacturing.

Within GF, Manocha leads the company’s Executive Stewards Council (ESC), the leadership forum for strategic direction and accountability of risk management and corporate responsibility issues affecting GF. Manocha’s leadership within GF has resulted in significant EHS achievements for the organization, including the following;

  • Driving a vision consisting of a zero-incident workplace. The company achieved 2012 employee total incidence case and lost-day case rates well below US industry benchmarking. Manocha ensured that there was a strong emphasis on safety metrics in executive projects at Fab 8 in Malta, New York and GF Singapore Fabs all received “Silver Awards” for Health and Safety.
  • Setting global goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water and energy consumption by significant percentages by 2015.
  • Utilizing reclaimed NEWater at GF Singapore for incoming supply and continuing to pursue multiple energy-efficiency and water reduction projects. Energy efficiency projects in 2012 achieved reductions of 50 GWh, with a 2013 goal of a further 57 GWh reduction.
  • Meeting customer requests for “Tantalum Conflict-free” products in 2012.
  • Transforming Fab 1 in Dresden from a dedicated IDM fab to high-volume foundry operation, powered by two energy-efficient tri-generation power plants.

Manocha’s leadership also extends further beyond GF into the entire electronics ecosystem;

  • Under his leadership as Vice Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Board of Directors in 2011, he played a vital role in pushing forward EHS initiatives ranging from climate protection to chemical management and occupational health and safety.
  • For the last two years, Manocha has been the SIA Executive champion for EHS matters at the World Semiconductor Council.
    • At the 2012 annual CEO meeting of the WSC, Manocha shepherd the discussion of EHS topics and persuaded his fellow CEO’s to take action to protect the environment, conserve resources, and achieve the PFC reduction goal. For its part, GF newest US fab, Fab 8 meets the WSC Best Practice commitment for PFC reduction. Fab 1 has incorporated best practices for PFC reduction since 1999.
    • At the 2013 WSC meeting Manocha championed a “Conflict-free Supply Chain” policy to address concerns related to sourcing material tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold from “conflict regions” of the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries. The WSC subsequently adopted such a policy. For its part, GF has already met customer requests for “Tantalum Conflict-free” products in 2012.

The Award will be presented to Manocha in person on July 9th during his SEMICON West Opening Keynote on the future of semiconductor technology. As a company this is a huge honor and we look forward to progressing out EHS goals even further this year and beyond.

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