Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Management controls

The Audit Committee of the board of directors oversees our environmental compliance efforts and risk assessment process. The company's vice president of worldwide facilities and environmental, safety and health (ESH), who reports directly to our chief financial officer, oversees our water initiatives. These initiatives are coordinated and managed by the company's Water Process System team, which comprises corporate environmental leaders as well as water quality, chemistry and system experts.

We use stringent management controls to monitor and reduce potential water risks related to water quality, water supply, flooding and drought. Our Business Continuity and Water Process System teams monitor such conditions and respond as needed.

Additional controls related to water use include:
  • Requiring all sites to adhere to our ESH policies and principles, which holistically ensure that we conserve resources.
  • Screening chemicals used in manufacturing that have the potential to impact water quality. We restrict the use of some chemicals and ban others outright. We adhere to established processes and controls to ensure that water quality complies with regulatory limits before discharge.
  • Maintaining comprehensive water-management programs at all sites to identify and mitigate potential impacts. Our ESH management system is certified to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 standard. (OHSAS and ISO are internationally recognized standards that establish ESH management criteria.) All but one of our sites are third-party OHSAS- and ISO-certified.
  • Conducting regular meetings among Water Process System team members to collaborate on water-related projects, share information and best practices, and troubleshoot issues.
  • Ensuring that local management teams track water use, implement water-use reduction best practices, conduct routine site assessments, and allocate capital to mitigate risks when needed. They also monitor and ensure compliance with regulatory and company standards and report monthly to our worldwide ESH management team. (Our company water standard establishes minimum expectations for tracking water use and for maintaining water collection, monitoring and treatment systems. This standard applies to our manufacturing sites around the world and its requirements are in addition to applicable regulatory requirements.) Individual operations have specific water-management plans that take into account local climate and hydrogeology, water availability, and existing controls.
  • Evaluating each manufacturing site’s adherence to both company and regulatory standards through periodic internal site audits.