Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report


Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterE-mail

Biodiversity

Biodiversity, as framed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), is the idea that variability among living organisms from all sources is essential for ecosystems to function efficiently. As described in GRI guidelines and resource documents, the key concerns related to sustaining biodiversity stem from the direct impact of activities that substantially change ecological features, structures and functions across an area.

Land conversions and uses that result in habitat conversions, degradation or fragmentation can adversely affect biodiversity, with industrial activities – such as natural resource extraction and resource recovery operations conducted in areas with sensitive populations and ecosystems – likely generating the greatest potential impact.

Non-extractive industries operating in non-sensitive areas, especially those practicing pollution prevention, waste reduction, sustainability and other environmental stewardship practices, present much less of a challenge to biodiversity.

TI's industrial activities are non-extractive. Our worldwide semiconductor design, manufacturing, assembly, test and marketing operations are located in industrial areas, inner-city areas, suburban areas and areas surrounded by agricultural farm lands. As a result, our company does not conduct the type of biodiversity assessments or reviews that natural resource extraction and recovery industries may need to perform.

However, we have researched whether endangered, critically endangered and International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List species are present at or near sites located in countries where we have manufacturing operations, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. We determined that no such species are in close proximity to our sites.

While our local environmental, health and safety personnel are typically aware of legally protected areas of high biodiversity value, such as World Heritage sites or wetlands that may be located near a manufacturing facility, the non-extractive nature of our business and absence of practices that could result in habitat degradation or fragmentation make it unnecessary for us to develop or maintain a targeted biodiversity program to catalog or otherwise further assess potential biodiversity impact.

TI does recognize the value of biodiversity, however, and voluntarily participates in several events directed toward supplementing and improving local biodiversity, such as planting indigenous trees or participating in community cleanup events. These actions are part of our long-standing policy to support and enhance the quality of life in our local communities