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Environmental Initiatives
Establishing ISO Standard Systems Related to Environmental Management

In order to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment and to promote and manage environmental issues within the Yuanta Group in a more systematic manner, Yuanta FHC has formed an “Environmental Sustainability Group” through the administrative departments of Yuanta FHC and subsidiaries to develop environmental management systems (including relevant environmental protection and management measures pertaining to water conservation, energy saving, GHG reduction, etc.), purchase low energy-consuming office supplies and equipment, properly manage waste, implement supply chain management, and increase green procurement.

The “Environmental Sustainability Group” promotes the Yuanta Group’s implementation of the four major ISO standard systems. Since 2015, Yuanta FHC has started to implement the ISO 14001 environmental management systems to establish an environmental management framework, and to formulate environmental policies, plan environmental improvement goals and targets, and propose continuous management improvement programs.

In addition, the Yuanta Group has been implementing ISO 14064-1 GHG emissions inventory, ISO 50001 energy management systems, and ISO 14046 water footprint inventory in accordance with the ISO 14001 environmental management system framework, and has been effectively executing carbon reduction, energy saving, water conservation, and business waste control to improve the overall environmental management efficiency.

Verification Status of the Four Major ISO Management Systems in 2020
Yuanta FHC and all its subsidiaries ISO 14001 ISO 14064-1 ISO 14046 ISO 50001
V V
(Including 319 business locations)
V
(Including 319 business locations)
V
(All Yuanta Group-owned buildings have been verified)

Commitment

Since 2015, Yuanta FHC has responded to the climate change questionnaires of the international non-profit organization CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project); in January 2016, Yuanta became an investor signatory of CDP’s Climate Change, Water, and Forests Projects. Through responding to these questionnaires, we evaluate the various risks and opportunities attendant to climate change and then implement a range of carbon reduction and energy-saving actions and green financial services to reduce the impacts of our operations on the environment. We hope that while implementing sustainable development, we will also be able to motivate other companies to join with us in responding to the global trend toward the reduction of carbon emissions.

In the 2020 CDP climate change questionnaire, the Company achieved high scores in GHG emissions, emission reduction activities, risk disclosure, and value chain negotiation, and was awarded “Leadership Level A,” which is not only the highest CDP rating, but also the best result in the domestic financial industry. In the future, we will continue to respond to the CDP questionnaire and support CDP’s investor plans, proactively committing ourselves to environmental friendliness and to working on climate change issues.

Targets Short-term Targets Medium-term Targets Long-term Targets
Category 1 and 2 carbon reduction targets (Note)
(Base year is 2017)
  • 4% reduction in carbon emissions per unit of revenue for Category 1 and 2 in 2021 compared to the base year
  • 3% reduction in energy consumption in 2021 compared to the base year
  • 6% reduction in carbon emissions per unit of revenue for Category 1 and 2 in 2023 compared to the base year
  • 5% reduction in energy consumption in 2023 compared to the base year
  • 8% reduction in carbon emissions per unit of revenue in 2025 for Category 1 and 2 compared to the base year
  • 7% reduction in energy consumption in 2025 compared to the base year
Supplier sustainable procurement
  • Major supplier risk assessment
  • 80% self-assessment questionnaire response rate
  • Annual evaluation of major suppliers
  • Reducing the proportion of Grade C suppliers to 5%
  • Enhancing communication and counseling with Grade C suppliers
  • Major supplier risk assessment
  • 95% self-assessment questionnaire response rate
  • Annual evaluation of major suppliers
  • Decreasing the proportion of Grade C suppliers year by year
  • Removing Grade C suppliers from preferred supplier list for procurement negotiations
  • Major supplier risk assessment
  • 100% self-assessment questionnaire response rate
  • Annual evaluation of major suppliers
  • Putting Grade C suppliers on list of suppliers not to do business with
Waste reduction
(Base year is 2019)
1% reduction in weight of waste per capita in 2021 compared to base year 2% reduction in weight of waste per capita in 2023 compared to base year 3% reduction in weight of waste per capita in 2025 compared to base year
Water consumption reduction
(Base year is 2019)
1% reduction in water consumption per square meter in 2021 compared to the base year 2.5% reduction in water consumption per square meter in 2023 compared to the base year 4% reduction in water consumption per square meter in 2025 compared to the base year
Response to the use of renewable energy
  • 100% green power for 2 business locations in 2021
  • The proportion of green power usage increases by 2% year by year
  • 100% green power for at least 4 business locations in 2023
  • Cumulative green power usage target reaches 1.5 million kWh
Cumulative green power usage target reaches 2.7 million kWh, accounting for 2% of total energy usage
Green building certification for owned building construction 1 green building certification in 2021 2 green building certifications by 2023 Green building certification for all new buildings by 2025

Note:
  1. From 2019 onwards, it is based on the new ISO 14064-1:2018 for GHG inventory, the new and old versions of the corresponding names: Category 1 for Scope 1 (direct GHG emissions), Category 2 for Scope 2 (indirect GHG emissions from input energy), Category 3 ~ 6 for Scope 3 (other indirect GHG emissions).
  2. The long-term goal for carbon reduction in Category 1 and 2 is set at 51% by 2050, with a 31% reduction expected in 2034.
  3. We control the Group-wide carbon emission target through the SBT methodology, and will conduct a review every 5 years and refine our carbon reduction efforts.
Water Resources and Waste Management

The Yuanta Group is in the financial services industry and does not produce a large amount of general or hazardous waste and does not consume excessive water resources in its operations. However, we still aim to improve our environmental management with the goal of continuously reducing our environmental impact.

1 . Waste Management

In order to achieve environmental friendliness, we have adopted the 3R management measures of reduce, reuse, and recycle to reduce waste generation at the source. Over the years, we have continued to promote a waste reduction and recycling system that manages waste according to general waste, recyclable, food waste, etc., and there is no hazardous waste. Starting from 2019, the Yuanta Group has been carrying out full-scale weighing of waste to implement data management and strive for waste reduction, and has been compiling annual statistics on the Yuanta Group’s waste disposal situation, with a 100% coverage rate in 2021.

The Group's waste is mainly general household waste and no hazardous waste is generated. All waste is disposed of by outside contractors. We carefully select qualified waste removal companies to ensure cautious and legal disposal of waste and that it does not cause secondary impact on the environment. General waste is transported to incineration plants, while recyclable waste and food waste are processed by recyclers. When offering services, a large amount of paper is used. Confidential documents are destroyed in accordance with the key points of the Personal Data Protection Act and related regulations. We entrust qualified manufacturers to use safe and environmentally friendly water destruction treatment to ensure that information does not leak out. We also keep the certificate of destruction and allow the waste paper to be made into recycled paper, thereby reducing waste.

Paper waste is the largest source of waste in the service process. However, all confidential documents are destroyed in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act and related laws and regulations, and a qualified vendor is entrusted with a safe, fast, and environmentally friendly water-disposal process to ensure that information does not leak out and proof of destruction is retained. The process also allows waste paper to be recycled into recycled paper for reuse, thus achieving a real waste reduction.

Waste Reduction Action

The Company and its subsidiaries are committed to sustainable environmental development and have been actively responding to Taipei City's policy of banning disposable and melamine tableware in order to reduce waste generation, and have been commended by the Taipei City Government since 2018. We have promoted specific waste reduction measures among our staff and implemented them in our offices, including: not providing water in plastic cups or bottle water during meetings, and not using disposable and melamine tableware if meals are served. We have installed water dispensers and encourage employees to bring their own reusable cups. We have purchased equipment such as boxed lunch steamers and microwave ovens to encourage employees to bring their own meals and tableware. We have set up separate garbage bins for recycling, weigh the volume of garbage, and monitor garbage and waste reduction targets on each floor.

Group Waste Generated by Year
General Waste
(non-hazardous)/
(metric tons)
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Incinerated 2,175.87 2,931.56 435.66 452.32 407.45
Recycled 9.01 104.59 3,294.34 239.51 253.73
Total 2,184.88 3,036.15 3,730.01 691.83 661.18
Waste per capita
(kg/person)
188.87 276.37 341.83 63.22 59.88
Data Coverage Rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100
2 . Water Resources Management

We care about and value water resources and reduce water consumption by installing water-saving devices and promoting water conservation. In 2021, we continued to introduce the ISO 14046 Water Footprint Certification to cover a total of 317 business locations of the Company and its subsidiaries, with a coverage rate of 100% to understand the environmental impact of water consumption caused by the operation process, and to implement data management and target setting as a comprehensive evaluation indicator for internal measurement of water resources use.

Yuanta Group Water Usage by Year
Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Water Usage (million liters) 254.26 211.08 212.40 188.35 172.67
Water Intensity (liters/m2) 739.18 743.80 659.58 680.91 637.20
Data Coverage Rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100

Note: The actual boundary of water consumption inventory from 2017 to 2019 is Yuanta Financial Tower, and from 2020 onwards, the inventory has been expanded to cover all business locations of Yuanta FHC and its subsidiaries.