Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Sustainable manufacturing

At TI, we use the term "sustainability" primarily in relation to the operation of our business. We believe responsible, sustainable operations can meet current resource needs without compromising the needs of future generations.

We work toward sustainable manufacturing by reducing waste and inefficiency in operations, including our manufacturing facilities, office buildings and distribution activities. We also work to preserve the rights and working conditions of our employees, including the safety and health of our neighbors.

We have established sustainability goals to guide our efforts and continually improve our performance. All employees are expected to help us achieve our sustainability goals. Groups that manage these efforts include Quality; Procurement and Logistics; and Worldwide Facilities, including the Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) team.

We also subscribe to external voluntary programs to help guide our sustainable manufacturing practices, such as the International Organization for Standardization and the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.

In 2012, we manufactured billions of integrated circuits (semiconductor chips), which involved using considerable amounts of water, energy and chemicals. To conserve natural resources, reduce potential environmental impacts, and protect employees, we use safer chemicals when feasible and incorporate conservation, efficiency and recycling practices into everyday operations across all sites, where we can.

While we outsource the manufacturing of our education technology products, we require suppliers and contractors to comply with applicable laws and regulations, as well as our own standards, to ensure that they are made responsibly.