TI has a strong history of environmental stewardship and works to continuously improve environmental performance and efficiency at its sites worldwide. We make significant investments to operate efficiently, reduce our carbon footprint, better manage waste and air emissions, and reduce water and energy consumption.
Our environmental, safety and health (ESH) policy and principles guide our efforts to operate sustainably – from manufacturing conscientiously designed products to efficient product distribution, from responsibly sourcing materials to maintaining compliance with environmental regulatory requirements. We manage these efforts through the establishment and review of relevant objectives and targets for our operations.
Currently, 95 percent (19 of 20) of our manufacturing and assembly/test (A/T) sites worldwide are certified to two international ESH management system standards: the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (BS OHSAS18001:2007) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004. In 2013, we will prepare our Chengdu, China, site to also achieve OHSAS 18000 and ISO 14000 certification.
Our ESH management team, including the vice president of worldwide facilities, directs and oversees related activities and performance. It is the responsibility of every employee and contractor to understand and support our ESH policy and principles. All employees receive ESH training to ensure their safety and health, and we encourage their contribution to environmental stewardship. They also receive relevant training and communications specific to their role and working environment.
As part of our efforts toward continuous improvement, TI established five-year sustainability goals – in addition to annual goals – that address resources efficiency, waste and emissions. In 2012, these included:
While our resource use and related emissions increased from the inclusion of former National Semiconductor facilities in our operational footprint this year, both energy use and water use per chip improved year on year.
- Reducing landfill-bound waste and maximizing waste efficiency (recycling rates) at all major sites, with a goal of 95 percent.
- Reducing energy use in fabrication plants (fabs) and A/T sites by 5 percent.
- Implementing utility savings projects that save $6 million annually.
- Reducing targeted chemical use by 3 percent in fabs and A/T sites.
TI sites around the world continue to receive awards for outstanding environmental performance. Among various recognitions in 2012, TI was:
Recognized by the North Texas Commission's Working for Clean Air Awards with a "Best Business Operations" designation.
- Included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index – North America.
- Listed on Newsweek's Green Ranking of America's 500 largest corporations.