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TSMC Volunteer Program

TSMC takes corporate social responsibility seriously, and the TSMC Volunteer Program, led by Mrs. Sophie Chang, President of the Program, is dedicated to promoting education and culture, providing aid for the underprivileged, advocating energy savings, and caring for the community. The program aims to provide a host of channels, encouraging employees to utilize personal professions and capabilities to give back to the society.

Employees and their families can take part in a variety of programs including:

  • TSMC Volunteer Docent Program
  • TSMC Book Reading Volunteer Program
  • TSMC Energy-savings Volunteer Program
  • TSMC Community Volunteer Program
  • TSMC Ecology Volunteer Program
  • TSMC Fab/Division Volunteer Program

TSMC Volunteer Docent Program

To promote science education and enhance people’s understanding of the semiconductor industry, TSMC made a donation to the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung in 1997 to set up an exhibition hall, “The World of the Integrated Circuits”. The hall was renovated twice, and then replaced entirely in 2011 with “The World of Semiconductors” exhibition hall.

TSMC Volunteer Docent Program was established in 2004 to provide visitors with guided tours. In 2015, a total of 1,300 volunteers with 8,782 dedicated service hours were recorded; the cumulative total reached more than 69,001 service hours.

The docents’ enthusiasm and professionalism were highly praised by visitors. The group has continuously been recognized as the “Outstanding Volunteer Team” by the National Museum of Science.

TSMC Book Reading Volunteer Program

To help reduce the disparity of educational resources between rural and urban schools, TSMC Foundation started sponsoring the “Hope Reading Program” organized by CommonWealth Magazine in 2004 with the annual donation of 20,000 books to 200 schools in remote and rural areas.

Following on the early efforts of TSMC Foundation, the TSMC Book Reading Volunteer Program was established in 2005. In 2015, almost 700 volunteers devoted in excess of 9,510 hours of services to eight remote schools in Hsinchu, Taichung and Tainan; the cumulative total reached more than 48,555 service hours.

TSMC Energy Savings Volunteer Program

Leveraging the expertise of TSMC employees in energy savings, TSMC Energy Savings Volunteer Program was established in 2008 to assist schools looking to improve environmental safety and reduce electricity telecommunication costs, as well as water and air-conditioning consumption. After assessing the facilities, measuring and collecting data, and evaluating power efficiency, the teams proposed energy-saving plans and ways to reduce carbon emissions to the schools.

In 2015, 60 energy savings volunteers devoted 1,100 hours in Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung areas.

TSMC Community Volunteer Program

When Typhoon Morakot struck Southern Taiwan in 2009, TSMC employees, deeply saddened by the suffering it caused, quickly established Typhoon Morakot Project Team. Demonstrating strong teamwork, effectiveness and precision, the team provided timely assistance and relief measures to the typhoon victims.

Typhoon Morakot Project Team was transformed into TSMC Community Volunteer Program in 2010, aimed at reaching out to those in need, including both the elderly and children. The TSMC Community Volunteer Program mainly serves the elderly at Hsinchu Veterans Home and the children at St. Teresa Children Center. In 2015, more than 460 volunteers participated regularly in activities and were closely connected to the elderly and the children.

Two Holiday Volunteer activities were held in July and August 2015 when TSMC Community and Fab/Division Volunteers invited the children they served in the Book Reading Volunteer Program and long-term companionship from Hsinchu, Taichung, and Tainan to “Leofoo” and “EDA” theme parks. With well-designed activities, these children from remote areas spent a wonderful holiday together.

TSMC Ecology Volunteer Program

The TSMC Ecology Volunteer Program was launched in 2012. In 2015, 580 volunteers donated their time to the cause of environmental protection. Volunteers were trained as ecology docents to share natural ecology concepts with school children and the public visiting the selected areas. Activities in 2015 included the following:

  • Hsinchu Fab 12B ecology park docent: more than 230 employees took part and the Company invited more than 300 students and teachers from ten elementary schools to visit TSMC’s ecology park.
  • Taichung Fab 15 ecology park docent: 110 employees took part and the Company invited more than 200 students and teachers from five elementary schools to visit TSMC’s ecology park in Taichung.
  • Tainan Jacana ecology education park docent: over 230 employees and their family members were recruited to serve as volunteer docents at the Jacana ecology education park on weekends and holidays.

TSMC Fab/Division Volunteer Program

Employees on the Fab/Division level devoted themselves to various welfare activities for causes such as “Strengthening Environment Protection,” and “Caring for the Disadvantaged” to meet TSMC Corporate Social Responsibility Policy. These included environmental protection, promotion of energy conservation, caring of the disadvantaged, promotion of education, help for farmers and workers, and charitable donation.

1. Strengthening Environment Protection

● Environmental Protection

In 2015, volunteers held a charity bazaar by selling water chestnuts from the Guantian Jacana Park and using the proceeds to fix and replace telescopes in the park to improve the quality of the eco tours. In Tainan, volunteers helped reactivate the water purification plant on Monuments Mountain and held cultural and environmental tours to bring new life to the historical site.

● Energy Conservation

Despite severe competition in the technology industry, the Company never forgets to cherish the environment. Seminars concerning energy consumption and power reduction continued to be held in 2015 to share TSMC’s knowledge and technology of green buildings and energy savings accomplishments. Through those efforts, the Company hopes to root green power deeply into the minds of other corporations.

2. Caring for the Disadvantaged

● Long-term Companionship

Beyond employees’ continuous and enthusiastic support to repair and maintain old houses of people in need, provide daily supplies and necessities, and offer warm companionship, TSMC volunteers find new ways to enrich the lives of children. In 2015, employees collected and provided used cameras for children living in remote areas, leading them to see the world in a different way through the camera. In addition, meal fees were donated to children of the Kuskus tribe in southern Taiwan, and promotions of their culture of old ballads were conducted. Volunteers also supported Hui-Ming School for the Blind and the underprivileged baseball team by giving them the stage and means to perform. Lastly, they also taught girls from St. Francis Xavier Home for Girls to learn skills and developed their interests in handicraft and baking.

● Promotion of Education

In 2015, volunteers spread the seed of education further to Guang-Rong Elementary School. The volunteers donated new and used books to inspire the children’s interest in reading. They provided guidance to students on their school work to strengthen their comprehension and understanding and they also helped to renovate the library to provide a larger place to read for students.

● Help for Farmers and Workers

In 2015, TSMC volunteers supported farmers and fishermen to divide water bamboo’s offshoot and string oysters. Plus they collaborated with Formosa Charity Group to build dorms and classrooms for the teenagers in the orphanage, raise funds and resources, and repair the abandoned elementary school to accommodate more people in need.

● Charitable Donation

Charity bazaars and group sales were held in fabs from time to time and, in the belief that even a small donation will make a difference, the accumulated profits were donated to charities. In 2015, employees purchased goods from charities as Mid-Autumn Festival gifts, and the revenue from group sales for Thanksgiving were donated to Hui-Ming School for the Blind.