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Samsung Semiconductor Site Awarded Highest Level Global Certification for Water Resource Management

SEOUL, Korea – Mar. 22, 2023 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that its Hwaseong Campus has been awarded an Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard certification of the highest level: Platinum. Samsung Electronics is the first company in the world to receive a series of international certifications for its water-resource management capabilities. This also marks the first time a Korean company has achieved Platinum certification.

The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard is a globally applicable framework for major water users to understand their water use and impact, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context. In the development of the AWS Standard, international organizations including CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), and the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, are participated as founding members.

This is Samsung Electronics’ second global certification for sustainable water management. Having met the highest Carbon Trust standard by reducing water usage, Samsung earned the AWS certification for its water-resource management system.

“Through the AWS Platinum level certification of their semiconductor plant in Korea, Samsung joins a growing number of microelectronics companies that are taking credible, verifiable corporate action on water.” said Adrian Sym, CEO, Alliance for Water Stewardship. “As the fourth site in Korea to achieve AWS certification, and the first in the country to achieve Platinum status, they are one of the first adopters of the AWS Standard in Korea and join 250 AWS certified sites globally.”

“The AWS certification reflects Samsung’s continual and ongoing efforts to manage water resource, such as communication and cooperation with wide range of stakeholders” said Dooguen Song, Executive Vice President of the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Center at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue taking the lead in water resource management in closer cooperation with the government, local communities, and industry players.”

The AWS Standard 2.0 is evaluated based on a total of 100 indicators, including stable water management, water pollutant management, water hygiene, domestic impact of biodiversity and governance establishment. There are three levels of AWS Standard certifications: Core, Gold, and Platinum; the greater the number of points achieved, the higher the level of water stewardship performance and AWS certification.

In celebration of World Water Day 2023, Samsung Electronics has also unveiled a special animated ESG video via the Samsung Semiconductor Newsroom’s YouTube channel. The video illustrates a revitalized Osan Stream, restored by a rich amount of clean water discharged from Samsung’s semiconductor site, and enabling the return of otters and an improved biological ecosystem.