At Texas Instruments, good corporate citizenship has been a priority since our inception. We have worked hard through the years to establish a culture that reinforces individual and team accountability as we work toward achieving our long-term objectives of zero wasted resources, zero injuries and zero illnesses. These core values are ingrained in our people, processes, products and services, and an important investment in our future and the world around us.
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Caring for the environment
- Over the past 14 years, TI's non-hazardous solid waste recycling program has saved more than 722 million pounds of trash from being dumped in landfills. TI has saved an estimated $279 million from this ongoing endeavor.
- Every day, TI recycles at least 11,700 pounds of paper, 55,000 pounds of metals, 19,200 pounds of plastics, 19,700 pounds of wood and almost 18,000 pounds of other materials. In 2004, TI also recycled and reused approximately 4.1 million gallons of water daily at plant sites around the globe.
- In 2001, TI formally agreed to stop using any old-growth forest products. This commitment, in line with our policy of "zero wasted resources," enhances our overarching goal of sustainable use of natural commodities.
- Since 1990, TI's efforts to recycle paper and other wood products have saved the equivalent of more than 6 million trees.
- TI-Dallas offers shuttles for transit between buildings during workdays that typically carry about 500 employees each day. This reduces pollution, traffic congestion, employee stress, and maximizes productivity.
- In 2002, with the opening of DART light rail transportation in Dallas, TI began offering free shuttle service from nearby rail stations to Dallas sites. In addition, TI purchased more than 10,000 DART system Gold Passes; one for each North Texas employee to encourage the use of mass transit.
- In 2003, TI received a Gold Level Clean Air Recognition of Employers (CARE) Award for the company's efforts to improve air quality in the region by leading employer-sponsored clean air initiatives.
- In 2004 TI was recognized as a "Best Workplace for Commuters" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Texas Instruments has had aggressive energy and water conservation programs since the mid-1970s, commissioning an average of 100 projects each year, which have resulted in the conservation of natural resources and saved the company millions of dollars.
- TI began selling used wafers, which would otherwise be scrapped, for use by various photo voltaic (solar cell) manufacturers in 2000. The collaboration contributed to the development of alternative energy by "reusing" silicon, and also saved TI more than $3 million since the program started. In the same amount of time, more than 1.5 million 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 200mm, and 300mm wafers have been reused. These wafers, coupled with solar cell technology, have produced enough power to supply more than 900 average-sized homes with electricity year-round. The emissions avoided through the program are estimated to be almost 195,000 tons of carbon dioxide. That's equivalent to the benefits that nearly 875,000 mature trees can provide for the air.
- More than a decade ago, TI initiated an innovative chemical recycling program that decreases chemical, water and energy consumption through the collection and sale of used chemicals to industries that can reuse them.
- Since 1989, TI has been working to develop lead-free solutions for its products and proven its leadership in this now industry-wide movement. Environmental stewardship is a high priority at TI and that's why the company is well on its way to full compatibility with the European Union's "Restriction on Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment," or "RoHS" legislation, enacted to protect the environment from lead and other hazardous materials.
- In 1999, TI adopted a more focused program to assess the ESH impact of proposed new chemicals and gases. This careful selection process evaluates potential chemicals extensively before they are approved to help ensure early identification and effective minimization of potential ESH concerns.
- In 2002, TI initiated Eco-Info, an online tool that provides data on the substances contained in the company's products or used in its manufacturing processes. See: http://focus.ti.com/esh/docs/index.jsp
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Setting standards of health excellence
- In 2004, employees set another company record for the fewest recordable injury and illness cases and the lowest lost/restricted day case rate – ranking TI the best in the industry. Additionally, TI was recognized as a Safest Workplace in America by Occupational Hazards magazine.
- TI has a comprehensive ergonomics program. As part of a specific program that began in 2001, TI has spent several million dollars on ergonomic evaluations and facilities improvements worldwide to increase employee comfort and productivity and reduce injury rates.
- TI encourages wellness inside AND outside of the workplace by providing employees and their families with resources to manage their personal safety and health. A few of TI's wellness programs include on-going training and personal protective equipment for inside of the workplace as well as health assistance for worldwide travel, cancer screenings, flu shots, safety courses and fitness center access among many other health and life services for family members as well.
- A variety of annual on-site health screenings such as mammograms and other cancer screenings are available to men and women free of charge.
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Investing in the future with our technology
- TI is using its expertise in DSP and analog technology to enable broadband communications to and throughout homes and offices. By enabling high-speed Internet access, TI technology ultimately reduces demand for natural resources such as paper and can reduce the demand for travel and associated consumption of fuel. This helps preserve air quality and eliminates the need for new roads.
- Our technology is helping to create smarter, more efficient consumer products that use less power. For example, TI's digital control systems group worked in tandem with a company in Japan to create a refrigerator that operates 121 percent more efficiently than previous refrigerator models. The refrigerator uses a single digital signal processor, rather than the numerous parts in prior machines. By eliminating the unnecessary parts, the annual power consumption was reduced to 360 kilowatt hours per year and noise was reduced to a minimal 20dB, both of which are considerably below the industry norm.
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Recognizing TI achievements worldwide
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