Sustainability Fund: Unlock the Infinite Potentials of Reduction

GIGABYTE launched the 6-year “Sustainability Fund” in 2019. Funded by annual savings in energy expenses, the fund focuses on three aspects: energy conservation in factories, development of low-carbon product and reduction proposals, and green projects related to sustainable development and climate change. It aims to push ahead innovative reduction solutions for factories, operations, product strategies, and sustainability strategies through increasing the motivation and incentives and in the meantime cultivate the internal capability of green design in order to realize reductions at a company level.

Proposals and Reduction Performance

In the latest session (7th round) of reduction reward application, many proposals achieve a win-win situation between environmental protection and cost effectiveness through optimizing process efficiency, improving production yield, and reducing the number of discarded high-cost components. More than 80% of these types of proposals received rewards. In addition, the reward rate of the proposals aiming at reducing plastics or enabling the reuse of plastics from packaging also reached 60%.

 

Number of Proposals

Electricity Savings

(MWh)

Water Savings

(MT)

Waste Reduction

(MT)

Emissions Reduction

(t-CO2e)

2019 11 52.0 12,331.6 58.7 61.6
2020 48 2,715.8 948.0 275.6 3,455.8
2021 103 1,223.1 15,342.6 33.0 956.1
2022 83 2,219.5 0 72.9 1328.4
Outcome to date 245 6,210.4 28,622.2 440.2 5,802.0

Note 1:Figures in the table above are estimated based on proposals, not by actual measurement.

Green product innovation drives growth and productivity; practicing green concepts in product design is the trend, upon which sustainable business opportunities and values can be created. Green product innovation relies on thinking outside the box and brainstorming on new technologies, different materials, or even different service models. GIGABYTE hosts the “Green Product Innovation Activity” based on the ideals of “Innovation, Value, Sustainability” with “Going green is free” as its theme to encourage employee proposals. An internal “Green Product Innovation Forum” has also been established to provide a platform for employees to discuss and share their brainstorming results. Ten design directions are offered by green innovation and design, such as material (plastics) reduction, ease of disassembly, product system innovation, etc. Explanations and case studies are provided as well to make the “Innovation, Value, Sustainability” concept a part of the corporate brand and lay down the foundation for green product development.

Core concepts of a green product:

  1. Innovation- simple and creative design
  2. Value- high-quality, environmentally-friendly, and affordable product
  3. Sustainability- circular use of natural resources

Many innovative measures for turning a profit and improving energy efficiency can be adopted in corporate operations, office buildings, manufacturing, and marketing strategies. Green Action Plan hosts the “Green Ideas” competition where all employees are invited to submit their green ideas based on green topics. The sourcing of crowd wisdom encourages GIGABYTE employees to use their observation and creative-thinking skills, expanding environmental ingenuity from the individual level or the organizational level. This boosts the effectiveness of corporate environmental education and protection efforts while also making being green more fun and innovative. Green ideas are divided into three categories: “Energy Conservation”, “Environment Protection” and “Green Product”. Employees are then asked to vote for the best idea. Notebooks are awarded to the top five proposals, and to encourage participation, everyone who votes also receives a gift. The voting results may be used by GIGABYTE for future environmental improvements and product designs. This not only is a recognition of employees’ contributions but also boosts their identification with green ideas initiatives. Their support for environmental protection can then come from the heart.

Sustainability Carnival – Starting New Life for Used Goods 

GIGABYTE holds a second-hand market at our operation headquarters by the end of each year to promote the concept of zero waste and circular economy. The first time was held in 2019, and initially, it only opened to GIGABYTE’s employees. Later in 2021, the second-hand market opened to neighboring communities and invited local government and public interest groups to participate. In 2022, to enhance the connection between the event and the core competence of GIGABYTE, we invited Bestyield International to join and provide a “Waste Electronics (3C) Recycling” service on-site. Promoting the reduction of e-waste in the second-hand market made the event more meaningful.

In addition, GIGABYTE sets “Disaster Prevention” as the theme of every December internally; therefore, the event also extended “disaster prevention and traffic safety publicity” to neighboring communities, hoping to contribute to building disaster-resistant communities. (For more details of the event, please refer to News (Mandarin only) )

Protect our Oceans – Plastic Reduction Poster Design Competition

GIGABYTE knows that while plastic products are very convenient, they also have a massive environmental impact. To increase the influence of the “Protect our Oceans – Plastic Reduction” initiative, we not only held celebrity seminars to promote the importance of plastic reduction internally but also sought to mobilize the general public in reducing the use of plastics from the source. Every little bit counts.

To this end, GIGABYTE partnered with the Taiwan Environmental Information Association for the first time in 2016 to host the “Protect our Oceans – Plastic Reduction Poster Design Competition” and promoted the importance of reducing plastic use to save the ocean. The design competition will hopefully give contestants a better understanding of the importance of plastics reduction. GIGABYTE can then join the environment and society in fighting for environmental sustainability.

A total of 830 submissions were received during this event. The gold, silver, 2 x bronze, and 10 x merit awards were also expanded to include 30 x finalist awards as a gesture of encouragement to designers. This also gave more submissions a chance to show off their sustainability idea, originality, and ingenuity.

Merit Gallery