June 30, 2021


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New Sustainability Report Highlights Progress on Challenging Goals


by Chris Librie

Jun 30, 2021

Today Applied Materials published its latest Sustainability Report, covering our most recent environmental and social impact programs and results. We’ve been reporting on social responsibility and environmental matters since 2005.

Applied’s long-term sustainability strategy takes a holistic approach that considers the direct impact we can have by optimizing how we run our business (1X), how we can multiply the impact by collaborating with our customers and suppliers (100X), and how our innovations can be used to advance sustainability on a global scale (10,000X).

To advance our 1X–100X–10,000X roadmap, we:

  • Lead with Purpose
  • Invest in People
  • Protect our Planet
  • Innovate for Progress

Our latest report marks several substantial steps forward for Applied in each of these areas. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Raised $4 million for the Fight Against Hunger campaign
  • Continued to increase female representation in our U.S. workforce, and drove diversity training to all senior leaders and a majority of employees worldwide
  • Kept our company’s carbon emissions (Scope 1 and 2) nearly flat despite unprecedented growth in the semiconductor industry
  • Began analysis of our Scope 3 emissions, in line to set targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in 2022
  • Expanded the scope of our Design for Sustainability product team to design, model, test and quantify innovations that reduce the environmental impact of our semiconductor manufacturing systems
  • Established the SuCCESS2030 office for our supply chain initiatives to oversee metrics, conduct compliance audits and training, and coordinate with key suppliers on environmental and social goals

All these initiatives reinforce Applied’s vision to Make Possible a Better Future.

As in our previous report, we delivered an Annex with data tables and complete GRI and SASB indexes. These enable outside agencies to quantitatively evaluate Applied’s many achievements in environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

For the first time ever, many of Applied’s environmental and social data have been assured by an outside consultant, ERM/CVS. This includes our Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Our Sustainability Report illustrates the fact that ESG requires great teamwork from across the company. The ESG team consists of leaders from our business units, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), community affairs, HR, IR, legal, quality and supply chain.

We’re encouraged by the company’s continued alignment and dedication to Make Possible a Better Future, and we invite you to read more about our journey here.

Tags: Sustainability Report, sustainability, ESG, CSR, Make Possible a Better Future

Chris Librie

Senior Director of ESG, Corporate Sustainability and Reporting


Chris Librie is senior director of ESG, corporate sustainability and reporting. Prior to joining Applied Materials in 2020, Chris led ESG and corporate sustainability programs at Samsung Semiconductor, eBay and HP Inc. He holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

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