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Sustainability

Applied Materials conducts its business operations in a manner that preserves the environment and protects the health and safety of workers, customers and neighboring communities.

Sustainability Policy and Guiding Principles

Applied Materials is committed to growing profitably and sustaining our business in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. We use our resources and technology leadership to enable the creation of products that improve the way people live.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Energy Efficiency

Use energy responsibly throughout our business to reduce impacts on the environment and minimize greenhouse gas emissions by conserving energy, improving energy efficiency and giving preference to renewable over non-renewable energy sources when feasible.

Design for Environment

Design products and services to reduce their consumption of natural resources and energy and generation of waste and emission while maximizing their overall functionality.

Pollution Prevention

Minimize waste generated in our operations by maintaining high rates of reuse and recycling.

Employee and Public Outreach

Promote environmental awareness and engagement among employees and contribute to the development of public policies that lead sustainable development.

Conflict Minerals

In recent years, international concern has grown regarding mining operations controlled by warring militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring countries (collectively, the “DRC”) who are financing armed conflict with profits from these mines. In an effort to curb violence in the DRC, the U.S. adopted legislation under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act pertaining to certain minerals or derivatives, including tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, used in electronics and many other products. The Act defines these as “conflict minerals” regardless of the geographic origin of the minerals and whether or not they fund armed conflict. As specified under the Act, the SEC issued Rule 13p-1 and related Form SD under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which require companies whose products contain conflict minerals to make specialized disclosures and conduct related supply chain diligence.

Applied Materials is committed to the responsible sourcing of materials used in our products. The company has an extensive and varied supply chain. Like other companies in the electronics industry, we purchase certain parts that include these minerals. Applied Materials does not directly purchase these minerals, nor do we have any direct relationship with mines or smelters that process these minerals.

We are working diligently with our suppliers to address this important issue, focusing initially on our top suppliers by spend and certain others considered reasonably likely to provide parts containing conflict minerals. Along with other members of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), we are involved in the collaborative activities of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) to understand and determine how best to mitigate the complex issue of conflict minerals. Through participation in these industry efforts, Applied supports refinement and expansion of CFSI’s list of Compliant smelters, including CFSI’s Conflict-Free Smelter Program, which uses independent third-party audits to identify smelters with systems in place to assure sourcing of only DRC conflict-free materials.

For information about these activities, including the results of our investigation regarding products manufactured in 2013, please see Applied Materials’ Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report filed with the SEC on May 30, 2014, available here.

 

Environment, Health & Safety Policy

EH&S Policy for Applied Materials

Applied Materials conducts its business operations in a manner that preserves the environment and protects the health and safety of workers, customers and neighboring communities.

Applied Materials is committed to complying with or exceeding all relevant regulatory requirements, to prevention of pollution and to continual improvement in the environmental, health and safety performance of its operations, processes and products. Applied Materials encourages its suppliers to improve their environmental, health and safety performance.

All managers and employees are expected to support and take responsibility for the implementation of this policy in accordance with their roles in the organization.

Applied Materials welcomes the input of interested stakeholders to our environmental, health and safety programs.

Performance

Setting aggressive environmental improvement targets – including carbon reduction goals – and publicly reporting our progress are key indicators of leadership, who we are as a company and our effectiveness in social and environmental responsibility. The changes we make to minimize our environmental footprint improve all aspects of our company: people, products and profit.

  • EHS Training

    The global EHS training organization is committed in ensuring workers are provided with the knowledge to perform their jobs safely.

    In support of that effort, the Global EHS Training Organization has the following objectives with regard to EHS training:

    • Consistent training programs worldwide
    • Quality in content and delivery
    • Innovative and efficient delivery methods and options
    • Reporting global performance
    • Support of new business initiatives such as external EHS Training
    • Introduction and Reinforcement of our Safety Culture

    All managers and employees are expected to attend both corporate and regulatory required training, and/or support implementation of EHS Training Program in alignment with their roles and responsibilities in the organization. Among the training modules required by EHS are the following: all employees receive hazard communication training and an EHS orientation; all managers company-wide take a 4-hour class on Managing Safety at Applied Materials; all design engineers are required to take a design for environment and safety training,

    One innovative method of implementing our training program is the Web Enabled Safety Training (WEST) Tool. The WEST Tool is used to assist managers in identifying their employee's or group's safety training requirements and for managers or safety trainers to pull training compliance reports. Using simple prompts that focus upon the activities their employees are engaged in and with drop-down menus, managers are able to determine what training is appropriate and then emails to the employee are automatically generated. The same enables managers to track training completion; managers are expected to use WEST annually.

  • Ergonomics Program

    The goal of the Ergonomics Program is to provide total ergonomic solutions, by identifying employee needs, customer requirements and equipment design standards.

    The program manages and controls risk through education, solution-based processes and company infrastructure, increasing productivity and competitiveness.

  • Product Safety

    Applied Materials’ world class Product Safety program ensures that our systems are designed to conform to applicable product regulations and protect personnel, the environment, and customer facilities from harm when the products are operated, maintained and serviced according to instructions.

    This mission is accomplished by assigning expert product safety engineers to work directly with each and every key product unit within the Company. The principal element of the management system is that product EHS standards, including, safety and environmental performance, are built into Applied Materials’ product release process; a wide array of minimum standards must be satisfied before a product can be released into the marketplace; the standards are a combination of standards drawn from international organizations (e.g. UL, ANSI, IEC, EN, SEMI and others) as well as best known methods identified through our experience in the field.

    The Design for Environment (DfE) program ensures that products meet applicable legal and customer requirements as well as enhancing the environmental and energy performance of those same systems. In 2007 Applied Materials declared that we would strive to improve the environmental performance of our products by at least 20% on the average by 2012.  We are implementing this initiative by several means: formally incorporating DfE into the release process, meaning business units have to assess the demand for more efficient products and then must establish targets for achieving that kind of improvement; developing internal tools for our engineers to assess the potential of product changes, component selections and other means; actual performance measurement of the products against an industry standard created for that purpose, Guide for Conservation of Energy, Utilities and Materials Used by Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment).  Applied Materials’ personnel were instrumental in the development of the S-23 standard and we have been recognized with two leadership awards from the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) for our contributions in that arena.  Applied Materials is one of only two suppliers that are members of the ISMI’s ESH Technology Center, where we can collaborate closely with many of our customers on DfE advancements.

    A recent example of the success created by this initiative is the recently released iSYS™ product.  More than 40 percent of electricity consumed in a semiconductor factory or “fab” is in the subfab (where a lot of mechanical equipment is housed).

    The Applied iSYS platform is the industry’s first fully integrated subfab solution for controlling emissions in the semiconductor fab. Networked with an Applied process tool, the iSYS system delivers typical annual savings in power, water and gas consumption equivalent to 200MWh of energy or 220,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, compared to currently available configurations. Key to the iSYS platform’s capability to conserve resources is its unique control system that is synchronized with the wafer processing tool, sensing real-time changes in each process chamber and directing subsystems into pre-defined standby states. Utility metering sensors and software are built into every iSYS platform to enable remote monitoring of cumulative energy savings and to track progress in reaching energy sustainability targets. For these DfE innovations, iSYS was awarded the 2010 Sustainable Technologies Award from the SEMI organization.

  • Health Services

    The mission of our health services function is to protect, maintain, and promote the health, safety, and general well-being of Applied Materials employees in support of an environment that enables employees to achieve their full potential.

    Certified occupational health nurses are employed at a number of Applied Materials locations and provide expert first aid in order to prevent injuries from becoming more serious.  Additional services include workers compensation case management, aimed at getting employees back to work after an injury as expeditiously as possible, medical surveillance of workers utilizing respirators or working with certain hazardous materials, flu vaccinations, business travel immunization and blood drives. Applied Materials is proud to be a record-breaking company participant in Stanford Blood Bank’s Silicon Valley blood drives and we have been the #1 corporate blood donor in Central Texas for three years running.

CERTIFICATIONS

New Corporate ISO 9001: 2008 Integrated Certificate

OrganizationRegistrarCertificationExpiry Date 
Applied MaterialsDNV
(197KB)
06.21.2016
For Business Process Excellence & ISO Certification related questions, please contact jayen_desai@amat.com. (Head-Global Business Process Excellence)

ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 Certifications

SiteStandardRegistrarCertificationExpiry Date
Austin, Montana, Singapore, Italy, Taiwan, Israel, SwitzerlandISO 14001 (2004)DNV
(123KB)
02.16.2015
Manufacturing, Assembly and Refurbishment - Austin, TexasOHSAS 18001 (2007)DNV 
(60KB)
11.05.2014
For EHS ISO and OHSAS questions, please contact bill_nichols@amat.com.
  • Arques Rooftop and Parking Lot Solar Arrays

    In October of 2008, Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger dedicated the company’s nearly 2 megawatt rooftop- and parking lot-based solar installation at its Sunnyvale, California R&D campus. The solar panels are expected to produce power for at least 20 years with a projected pay back in 7-10 years, and the installation represents a long-term financial investment in clean energy.

    Applied Materials is one of the largest purchasers of green power from Silicon Valley Power; all of the power serving our Santa Clara, California sites is 100% sourced from renewable energy. The company’s Sunnyvale solar installation provides an additional 4% of green energy toward the total electricity used on the R&D campus.

    Approximately 8,000 wafer-based solar panels were used in an area of more than two football fields in size; the panels are manufactured by Sunpower Corporation using Applied Materials equipment.

    The tracking system in the parking lot uses GPS technology to follow the sun throughout the day, increasing sunlight capture by 30% over conventional systems.  The panels are the most efficient on the market today, with the rooftop panels providing 18% conversion efficiencies and the parking lot tracker panels providing 20% conversion efficiencies. The electricity generated is equivalent to that used by approximately 1,500 homes. The panels replace an amount of carbon equivalent to the emissions of 450 passenger cars for one year or that absorbed by 667 acres of pine forests.

  • Harris Branch Solar Array

    In August 2007, Applied Materials installed a 24kW solar array at its Austin campus that will generate more than 34 megawatt hours annually.

    The pollution-free panels eliminate 54,390 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year, roughly the equivalent of planting eight acres of trees. At the time of installation, this was the largest array ever installed at an Austin business site.

     

     

     

  • Xi’an Global Development Center Solar Array

    Recognizing the growing potential of China’s high-tech manufacturing industry, Applied Materials established a Xi’an Global Development Center in 2006. The center supports customers’ needs in semiconductor equipment engineering and field services, as well as in factory automation software, process diagnostics and control, and equipment engineering. It also serves as a training and development center for customers, partners, and employees.

    In 2008, Applied Materials activated a 56 kilowatt solar array on the campus, the largest solar array in Xi'an at the time, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more 65 tons per year.

  • Singapore Operations Center Solar Array

    Designed to meet stringent environmental standards, Applied’s Singapore Operations Center was awarded Singapore’s highest environmental honor – the Green Mark Platinum award – by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority.

    The Center features the largest thin film solar system in Singapore, a 400 kilowatt peak system that annually generates 450 megawatt hours of electricity – enough energy to power more than 100 apartments for a year.

    This system uses 5.7m2 PV solar panels, the most powerful in the world. Other fixtures include low-e glass curtain walls and a rainwater recycling system. These and other features are expected to result in energy savings of up to 30%.

  • Varian Wind Turbine

    Designed to meet stringent environmental and safety standards, Applied Materials’ Varian Semiconductor Equipment Business Unit installed a 2.5 megawatt wind turbine at its Gloucester, Massachusetts site. In addition to generating clean energy, the turbine serves as an on-site learning laboratory for the local community.

    This 2.5MW wind turbine is one of the largest turbines on the eastern seaboard of the United States at one of the strongest land-based wind production sites in the area. The installation is expected to supply 30% of the electricity for Applied's Gloucester site, contributing to the overall reduction of Applied Materials’ carbon footprint.