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Environmental responsibility

Transportation

Looking ahead | Results

At TI, improving efficiencies among all modes of transportation – from employee commuting to product shipments – can reduce costs and environmental impacts. Across the globe, we continue to invest in alternative commuting options for employees. We also optimize our fleet and distribution strategies to consume less fuel and limit our carbon footprint.

Results

The outcomes of our focus on transportation efficiency in 2013 include the following:

Commuting

TI hosted a variety of activities to engage and educate employees on alternatives to driving to work alone in personal vehicles. For example, we hosted a Check Engine Light Day and electric/hybrid vehicle car show in North Texas to promote commuting options that reduce local air emissions. Several automakers, including Nissan and Ford, brought electric vehicles for employees to learn about, ride in and drive. Those who had vehicles with internal combustion engines received free diagnostic checks.

Globally, we continued to provide opportunities for commuting alternatives, which can (among other benefits) help employees save time and reduce pollution and traffic congestion, including:

  • Gave 58 percent of our workforce (approximately 18,250 employees globally) remote-connectivity tools for telecommuting.
  • Saved an estimated 25,800 hours in lost productivity by providing a concierge service for U.S. employees. The service filled more than 8,600 personal requests.
  • Installed 43 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at TI sites in Texas as part of a federally funded program. This boosted the total number of EV charging stations available to U.S. employees to 74 (TI's Santa Clara, California, site has 28).
  • Installed bike racks and evaluated the possible installation of EV charging stations in India.

The following table summarizes key commuting options at several TI sites:

Site Bike
motorcycle
racks
trails
parking
showers
Mass transit On-site cafeteria Carpools/ vanpools On-site shuttles Electric vehicle charging stations
Headquarters (North Texas) Yes Yes; partially subsidized. About 340 employees participated, down 62% from 2012 due to higher costs. Yes; partially subsidized Yes; 46 vanpools partially subsidized Yes; 100% subsidized; average 400 riders/day Yes; 43 in North Texas and 3 in Houston
India Yes Yes; monthly conveyance paid. About 350-400 employees participated.     Yes; 100% subsidized Assessing
Freising, Germany Yes Yes; about 75 employees participated. Near train/bus station. Yes; partially subsidized      
Melaka, Malaysia Yes; motorcycle parking, ~200 motorcycle riders Yes; about 1,500 employees used subsidized transit Yes; partially subsidized      
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Yes Yes; about 1,400 employees used subsidized transit Yes      
Baguio, Philippines Yes; more than 150 use regularly Yes; 100% subsidized Yes; partially subsidized Yes; partially subsidized Yes; partially subsidized  
Clark, Philippines Yes; 250+ motorcycle riders Yes; 100% subsidized Yes Yes Yes  
Chengdu, China Yes; about 50 rode electric bikes or bicycles to work Yes; about 20 rode Yes; partially subsidized Yes; about 10 carpooled/ vanpooled Yes; about 300 participated; 100% subsidized  
Santa Clara, California Yes Yes; approximately 100 employees participated Yes; subsidized Guaranteed ride home service Yes; 100% subsidized Yes; 28 installed
Aguascalientes, Mexico Yes Yes; subsidized Yes; partially subsidized Yes Yes; subsidized


Shipping

During the year, TI shipped more than 75,000 different products to customers in more than 100 countries. Our efforts to make distribution as efficient as possible helped reduce costs and emissions.

We also met both TI's and customers' shipping time and expense expectations, in part by reducing the need for expedited shipping, engaging customers sooner about their product needs, consolidating product volume, and strategically building up inventory. In addition, we:

  • Installed an inventory management system in TI's product distribution center in Singapore, which uses state-of-the-art warehouse automation to store four times the volume of products, increase productivity by 40 percent, and vastly improve inventory accuracy and visibility.
  • Repositioned existing assets to rebalance loads and add more manufacturing capacity, which allows TI to more quickly and efficiently ship finished goods directly from manufacturing sites to customers.
  • Continued to use multiple modes of transportation to deliver products to our customers in the most cost-effective way, while keeping on-time delivery a top priority.
  • Increased distribution by about 50 percent in Shanghai, China, which is helping our Chinese customers get products to market more efficiently.
  • Reduced expenses by consolidating product volume, optimizing our shipping network, and negotiating better prices despite fuel and industry cost increases. TI continues to use a combination of air and ocean freight and ground transportation to optimize cycle time and delivery cost. Additionally, we use consolidated trucking services in Malaysia, which reduces smaller trips and associated emissions.
  • Saved transportation expenses by repositioning equipment to use ocean instead of air freight. Ocean freight for shipping capital equipment continues to be a safe, cost-effective and efficient way to distribute and re-distribute assets globally.

Cycling

TI continued to promote bicycling as a healthy commuting option at sites globally. For example, we promoted and hosted bicycle-handling workshops and lectures in North Texas to improve employees' skills and prepare them for Bike to Work Day. We also shared biking information and responded to biking-related questions through Infolink, our intranet.

In 2013, 375 cyclists at 32 sites in 13 countries participated in Bike to Work Week/Day. Employees commuted more than 4,200 miles, saving 212 gallons of gasoline and avoiding 1.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Throughout the year, TI was recognized for its continued efforts to encourage employees to bike to work and was recognized for its commitment to bicycling:

  • Received the bronze Bicycle Friendly Business designation from the League of American Bicyclists for taking important steps in promoting a bicycle-friendly work culture.
  • Encouraged employees to participate in the 2013 National Bike Challenge by giving away jerseys and creating TI-logo bike apparel for purchase.
  • Arranged for TI cyclists in North Texas to volunteer with the nonprofit Dallas Spokes for Folks to repair bicycles donated to families who could not afford them.
  • Built a bike shelter at our Freising site in Germany.
  • Started a cycling club at our Chengdu site in China.

Fleet

  • Replaced three older, large trucks and one older service vehicle with more efficient models.
  • Continued to use smaller hybrids/golf carts for miscellaneous transportation around our campuses.

Looking ahead

TI's primary transportation plans for 2014 include:

Commuting

  • Hosting another Check Engine Light Day and electric/hybrid vehicle car show, and encouraging North Texas auto manufacturers to participate.
  • Continuing to subsidize mass transit, vanpools, shuttles and on-site cafeterias at select sites to encourage commuting and reduce employee trips to and from campus.
  • Improving shuttle bus services and capacities in Chengdu, China. The site also will add more stops at major bus and mass-transit stations.
  • Evaluating whether we can make available a pretax purchase of transit tickets to commuters at TI's Silicon Valley site. This effort will comply with California Senate Bill 1339, which requires San Francisco-area employers with more than 50 employees to select from a menu of commuter benefits for their employees.
  • Moving the three Stafford EV charging stations to TI's new site in Sugar Land, Texas.

Shipping

  • Continuing to optimize our global distribution network to reduce costs and expedite deliveries.

Biking

  • Increasing employees' biking skills/knowledge through brown bags, on-the-bike training and communication with other TI cyclists.
  • Promoting the health and environmental benefits of cycling for commuting and recreation.
  • Participating in Bike to Work Day and the National Bike Challenge.

Fleet

  • Replacing older, inefficient vehicles as the need arises.

We focus on maintaining a safe, healthy and inclusive work environment.