Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) is to put environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations into each employee’s key performance indicators, Hon Hai chairman Young Liu (劉揚偉) said at a forum for sustainable finance and climate change yesterday.
In addition, the company would earmark 1 percent of its research and development budget to ESG initiatives, Liu said.
Hon Hai’s research and development budget is about NT$200 billion (US$7.2 billion) annually, meaning the ESG budget would be about NT$2 billion per year.
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ESG would be an integral part of Hon Hai’s strategy going forward, Liu said, adding that climate change is the most pressing concern behind its drive.
“Extreme climate is a threat to the lives and properties of people all over the world,” Liu said. “Without a market, there is no enterprise.”
Hon Hai last year made a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but some of the firm’s biggest clients have a more aggressive goal of reaching net zero by 2030, he said.
To reach its goal, Hon Hai is a part of the Carbon Disclosure Plan and has set up committees to reduce emissions and inspect the carbon footprints of its suppliers.
“We hope that ESG is not just a matter of spending money, but encouraging people to feel a sense of pride and participation in making the world a better place,” Liu said.
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