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Our approach to sustainability is rooted in a strategy that commits us to adopt high standards on the sustainability issues that are material to our business, our employees, and the communities in which we operate.

Embracing people, planet and principles in all that we do

CMC Materials is committed to excellence in environmental, health and safety performance. By practicing our business in a sustainable way, we achieve greater levels of success for our customers, employees and shareholders.

View our 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report

EHS performance

All CMC Materials employees are accountable for the EHS performance of our operations globally and we monitor this performance through indicators such as injury rates and greenhouse gas emissions. EHS excellence is fundamental to who we are—it is what our leaders expect and our customers demand.

Recycling / Re-using Solid Waste

>80% of our solid waste generated either was re-used or recycled rather than going to a landfill

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Global Reduction

Drove sustainability through global reduction in electricity (17% reduction annually), water (15% reduction annually) and solid waste (10% reduction annually)

17% electricity

15% water

10% solid waste

Ergonomic Improvement

Completion of 95 ergonomic improvement projects to improve employee safety

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Recognition Awards

Several EHS site locations have been recipients of recognition awards from government bodies and customers

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Low Injury Rate

A global recordable injury rate of 0.65, which is 66% below the industry average of 1.90

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Sustainable Development

At CMC Materials, we actively integrate responsible economic, environmental and social principles into our global business strategy and decision making. We express this strategy in three pillars:

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Diversity & inclusion, employee resource networks, company culture, board refreshment, supply chain diversity and management, recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, training and development, workforce health and well-being, community engagement

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Climate change, risk management, emissions reduction, unintended releases, technology innovation and R&D, resource consumption, waste management

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EHS training and management; safety and injury prevention; quality, integrity and compliance; human rights, ethics and code of conduct

Performance Report

As leaders in the diverse energy environments where we operate globally, we know our success requires a network of partners and relationships built on trust, integrity and consistent collaboration. We consider input from multiple points of view to prioritize and report on issues and opportunities that matter most to the sustainability of our business.

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Sustainability Commitment

We take pride in being a sustainably responsible corporate citizen and are committed to making a meaningful difference in the communities in which we live and work. This commitment goes beyond regulatory compliance and ISO certifications. Through joint programs with our customers and suppliers, we encourage our partners to share our environmental vision to constantly grow and innovate in sustainable ways.

ISO 14001:2015

CMC Materials maintains an Environmental Management System that meets the ISO 14001:2015 requirements. Our Environmental Management System includes programs for identifying and managing the environmental input of our operations; the organizational structure and responsibilities for environmental management and control; the methods to measure, analyze and improve the environmental aspects of our operations; and for the management review process to ensure suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the environmental management program. These programs are enabled through consistent global business systems, thorough training and certification critical to environmental responsibilities, training in environmental awareness and well documented operating procedures. The goals of the Environmental Management System are prevention of injuries and pollution; regulatory compliance and improvement of performance. ISO 14001:2015 re-certification has been achieved for our United States, Japan, Singapore, Korea and Taiwan manufacturing sites and our Wales office.

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Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) (Formally known as Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition or EICC)

The RBA was established in 2004 with a purpose to promote an industry code of conduct for global electronics supply chains to improve working and environmental conditions. RBA collaborates with member companies, their suppliers and stakeholders to ensure continuous improvement. As a critical supplier to the electronic industry, CMC Materials actively participates in the RBA Code of Conduct surveys which are made available to key customers and reflect CMC Materials’ performance in the five main areas of Environment, Health & Safety, Labor, Management Systems and Ethics. CMC Materials completed Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ’s) for the Corporate location as well as eight additional manufacturing sites. The results for all sites indicated CMC Materials to be a ‘Low Risk’. Scores can be accessed using the Enablon platform.

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Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)/Water Disclosure Project (WDP)

The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world. It was launched in 2000 to accelerate solutions to climate change by putting relevant information at the heart of business, policy and investment decisions. 2,500 organizations in 60 counties around the world now measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies through CDP in order to set reduction targets and make performance improvements. This data is made available for use by a wide audience including institutional investors, corporations, policymakers and their advisors, public sector organizations, government bodies, academics and the public.

CMC Materials completes the CDP submission annually. The CDP program average for semiconductor supply chain was a “D”. The chemical industry average was a “D”. CMC Materials scored similar to both the CDP program and industry average in the categories of Governance & Strategy; Risk & Opportunity Management; Emissions Management; and Verification with a “D” rating.

CMC Materials completes the Water Disclosure Project or WDP submission annually. The WDP program average for semiconductor supply chain was a “D”. The chemical industry average was a “D”. CMC Materials scored higher than both the CDP program and industry average in the categories of Context; Risk Assessment; Governance and Strategy; Risk & Response- Direct Operations; and Risk & Response- Supply Chain with a “C” rating. CMC Materials will continue to look for ways to improve performance and participate in the CDP program.

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Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS)

RoHS restricts the use of specific hazardous materials- lead; mercury; cadmium; hexavalent chromium; polybrominated biphenyls (PBB’s); polybrominated diphenyl Ethers (PBDE’s)- found in electrical and electronic components. As a supplier to the Electronic Industry, CMC Materials is potentially subject to this regulation, however, all CMC Materials products are free from these restricted substances.

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Human Rights Policy Statement

We are committed to treating people with dignity, fairness and respect as a fundamental aspect of our Vision and Values, as articulated in our Code of Business Conduct (“CBC”). As part of this, CMC supports recognized standards for social responsibility and the prevention of human rights abuses. Through the CBC and this Human Rights Policy we are committed to conducting our business activities in a manner that exhibits our commitment to human rights and social responsibility.

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Animal Testing Policy

CMC’s product development and evaluation process for our customers places a priority on safety and compliance, and we will do this with a commitment to the humane treatment of animals.

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