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Environmental Initiatives
Establishing an Environmental Management System

Yuanta has made continual efforts to reduce its impact on the environment, and to move towards building a truly “green” corporate culture. In addition to creating an environmentally-friendly workplace, the Company also encourages customers and the families of employees to join in our environmental initiatives, and work together toward a common goal of environmental sustainability.

To enhance the Group’s management of environment-related matters, in November, 2015, the Group began implementation of ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) at the Financial Holdings headquarters building, and then set about beginning implementation procedures at Yuanta subsidiaries.

November, 2015
2016 - 2017
2018


  • Yuanta FHC begins implementation.
  • Yuanta HQ and Datong Bldg receive verification in Mar 2016
  • Expanded system to Yuanta Life on Fl. 16-18 of Hungtai Bldg in Jan 2017
  • Implementation completed across Yuanta FHC and 9 subsidiaries


  • Ongoing system maintenance and verification.
Waste Management

As a member of the financial industry, the Yuanta Group’s business operations produce a large and complex amount of waste. Providing service to our customers requires the use of paper as well as IT equipment, and, due to periodic renovations and relocations of our operating locations, the Company also produces construction and renovation related waste. If these various sources of waste are not properly dealt with and disposed of, they can cause harm both to individuals and the natural environment. Therefore, Yuanta’s environmental efforts have identified waste management as a top priority.

In its handling of waste management, the Group applies the 3Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. To begin with, the Group works to reduce the amount of waste produced, then carefully selects providers of waste recycling services and ensures that recycled waste is processed both legally and in a way that minimizes environmental harm.

1 . Reduce

The Group’s waste management efforts begin with reduction, promoting the removal of paper from operations and services where possible both internally and externally, including through business digitalization, paperless meetings, online education, and service digitalization. In addition, through promotion and education, we encourage our employees to reduce food waste, promoting the concept of cherishing food to help alleviate the burden on the environment and the economy caused by food waste. Such efforts have already had a direct impact, leading to a reduction in food waste in recent years.

2 . Reuse

A. Replacement and Processing of IT Equipment and ATMs
The Group’s IT facilities are replaced upon passing their usable lifespan or warranty period, with others being replaced and upgraded when it is found that their specifications are no longer sufficient for the performance required of them. When replacing or recycling such facilities, the first step is the destruction of magnetic disks and storage media to avoid potential leaks of personal or confidential information. Should the equipment itself still be usable, the Yuanta Foundation will then donate it to an organization in rural Taiwan in need of such equipment; otherwise, it will be sold for recycling. To avoid wasting resources, replaced computer equipment is donated to the Chung Yi Social Welfare Foundation in order to help rural children gain access to digital learning resources and bridge the digital divide between urban and rural Taiwan.

IT Equipment Replacement Statistics for the Group in 2016

Unit: Per Item

Item Sold Donated Scrapped Total
Computer 45 10 3,289 3,344
Screen 37 4 1,491 1,532
Printer 3 0 662 665
Print Server 0 0 51 51
Fax 3 0 45 48
Photocopier 1 0 5 6
PC Server 73 0 373 446
Notebook Computer 4 0 98 102


B. Other Assets and Equipment
In addition to IT equipment, the Group also encourages subsidiaries to inventory and manage their assets and equipment in such a way as to reduce idleness and inefficiency. In 1995, Yuanta Securities established the Property and Facilities Management Guidelines and mechanism for capital and equipment allocation inventory management, striving to reduce idle equipment and make sure all equipment is effectively used while also reducing the need to purchase new equipment. As of the end of 2016, the Group had processed some 2,991 pieces of such equipment. Subsidiaries including Yuanta Bank, Ta Chong Bank, Yuanta Securities Finance, Yuanta Futures, and Yuanta Investment Consulting have also established asset management guidelines, and as equipment is reallocated, this will expand the Group’s effective use of assets and reduce wasted resources by reducing purchases.

C. Reuse of Paper
Yuanta strictly adheres to the Personal Information Protection Act and related legislation in its destruction of hardcopy confidential documents in order to reduce the risk of information leaks. We use a secure, quick, environmentally friendly water-based method of document destruction through a qualified, external company that also provides evidence of the destruction. The entire process is monitored to ensure no confidential documents are leaked, and the resulting pulp can be recycled into usable paper, effectively reducing total waste.

3 . Recycle

Additionally, the Group has promoted the sorting of waste for recycling for many years. The Financial Holdings headquarters building, for example, has garbage separation facilities in the staff rooms on each floor, along with promoting recycling and offering relevant training, helping to cultivate the habit of waste sorting among staff.

To provide even better service to our customers, Yuanta periodically renovates and relocates its business locations, which produces construction-related waste. In terms of construction and building materials, we urge contractors to use green construction methods to minimize environmental impact, and select building materials and facilities which will maximize energy and water usage efficiency. Even more importantly, we clearly stipulate in our construction agreements that contractors must reduce waste to the greatest possible extent and ensure that all waste produced is properly handled, thereby guaranteeing that no environmental problems are created by our construction projects.

Furthermore, in the construction projects associated with Yuanta Bank and Ta Chong Bank’s relocations, all waste is classified and sorted; the Banks have also requested that contractors provide proof of disposal forms for all waste disposed, and that they recycle all recyclable waste, thereby reducing overall waste production.

Waste Statistics for Yuanta Financial Holdings Headquarters

Unit: kilograms (kg)

Item 2014 2015 2016
Recycling Aluminum 12 37 39
Iron 197 244 171
PET Bottles 649 1,176 609
Paper 10,229 8,375 5,824
Total 11,087 9,832 6,643
Composting Kitchen Waste 977 853 370


Water Use at Yuanta HQ
(Unit: m³)
Water Resource Management

100% of the water used by the Group is from local water supplies, with no direct extraction from groundwater, waterways, or any other sources of water in order to provide the water required by the Group. Water at our offices and operating locations is provided for the use of employees and customers, producing waste water that is processed through the sewage system, after which it is released into waterways or the ocean. As such, there are no concerns regarding major leaks nor threats to the environment, nor any significant impact on the environment from pollution.

Water Saving Measures

As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, we actively make use of water saving measures. Not only does the Yuanta Financial Holdings Building have a rainwater recycling system that was put in place as the building was built, there are other measures such as promotion and training of staff in water use reduction, the use of certified water saving products, switching to sensor-activated faucets, and implementing reductions in water used by garden sprinklers. The Financial Building, as an example, has seen year-on-year reductions in water consumption 2014-2016 by means of these measures.

Additionally, in 2016, Yuanta installed induction faucets on the floors it occupies in the Datong Building. These new faucets will reduce water usage by about 20%, amounting to a savings of around 147 m³ of water per year.