Brand CasesFoxconn Green Supply Chain Practice Model

Publication Date:2018-12-18

Foxconn, an international technology manufacturing company, has been committed to environmental protection by promoting the transformation of upstream suppliers into a green supply chain and achieving remarkable results. One of Foxconn's leading upstream suppliers of electronic components, Manufacturer A, attaches great importance to the long-term value of green innovation in light of joint efforts between Foxconn and Manufacturer A

The environmental strategy undertaken by Manufacturer A and the effectiveness of various indicators are detailed as follows:

Environmental Strategy

Based on the strategy of "two pillars: green production + good management", Manufacturer A develops water and energy consumption reduction indicators for each production unit and tracks them on a quarterly basis. To manage these two pillars is to check and manage energy savings, water savings, emissions and discharge at three points: the beginning of the manufacture process, the production process and the end of the production line, in every factory. The scope covers 5 categories, including 5S, energy savings, water savings, exhaust emissions and waste. Through the implementation of the above management strategies, a solid foundation will be laid for the promotion and demonstration of environmental sustainability.

Environmental Management Achievements

Ø  Energy conservation and emissions reduction

In 2017, the greenhouse gas emissions total of Scope 1 and Scope 2 of Manufacturer A’s main production base was 655,420 tons of CO2e. This was achieved by implementing intelligent improvements to the ice water machines and energy-saving improvements to the vacuum press, as well as adding nitrogen energy-saving equipment to the reflow oven, waste heat recovery to the process oven and other energy-saving technologies and management practices. In 2017, the emissions of Scope 1 and Scope 2 decreased by 0.92% compared to 2016.

Figure 1

Ø  Water use reduction

Manufacturer A also adopted the strategy of "recycling, water conservation, diversion of rain and sewage" to minimize the risk of environmental pollution caused by external drainage. For example, over the years, manufacturer A has been promoting a number of water-recycling and water-saving projects, including steam condensate recovery, RO concentrated water reuse, rainwater recovery, and automatic spillover control at the production level, among others. In 2017, the use of recycled water exceeded 3 million tons. (Figure 2)

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Ø  Exhaust emissions reduction

Manufacturer A improves and guarantees the good air quality of the surrounding area by installing air pollution prevention and control equipment such as packed scrubbers, bag dust collectors, and activated carbon absorption towers, as well as conducting daily spot inspections and the removal of abnormalities in the exhaust emissions systems.

At the same time, every year, Manufacturer A independently and regularly invites external professional organizations to carry out testing, and continuously track the monitoring data of various pollutants to ensure that all emissions indicators are up to standard, or even better than the domestic standards.

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Ø  Waste management

The waste management strategy of Manufacturer A is: “harmlessness, reductions and resourcefulness.” To this end, all sites have set up special units for waste disposal and promoted the project of "waste management throughout the whole process" in each factory. Each factory has appointed professional supervisors and individuals to jointly implement waste classification management and formulate a sound waste management and transportation process.

Manufacturer A also promotes a variety of hazardous waste reduction technologies, including the drying of membrane residue, sludge and filter elements, and the autonomous recovery of precious metals. The production density of hazardous waste per unit revenue in 2017 is 15.9% lower than it was in 2016. Over the past year, the proportion of waste resource recovery reached more than 90%.

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Environmental management achievements

Manufacturer A achieved the government and internal supervision goals for environmental protection and energy conservation from the two directions of "energy saving with reduced consumption; pollution reduction with increased efficiency". Fig. 5 shows the comparison of Manufacturer A’s green performance data between 2017 and 2013.

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In the future, Foxconn will continue to promote supply chain environmental protection. In order to solve the current and future potential environmental risks, Foxconn aims to pay more attention to coordinating the harmony between humankind and nature, and ensuring the sustainable development of the economy and society. Foxconn will work together with a vast number of suppliers to realize the vision of coexistence and harmony between cutting-edge technology and the ecological environment.


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