Environmental Sustainability, Employee Health and Safety

Our Commitment to Eco-Efficiency

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is committed to eco-efficiency in foundry operations. We define eco-efficiency as the optimization of resources to yield products meeting stringent GLOBALFOUNDRIES and customer performance and quality criteria.

Sustainable Manufacturing: High Productivity with Low Impact

Semiconductor manufacturing operations must be both highly efficient and extremely flexible to deliver optimal results in a fast paced and demanding market. We are committed to providing differentiated manufacturing services that value speed, accuracy, and agility, to help ensure that our customers are consistently provided with the right technologies at the right time that meet or exceed their specifications for quality and reliability.

Producing advanced integrated circuits at ever-smaller geometries requires exacting manufacturing processes. As integrated circuit line widths shrink and products become more complex, so too does the number of manufacturing steps and intensity of resource use per wafer. Getting the most from those resources is fundamental to the sustainability of our manufacturing and our customers’ products.

Commitment to Our Employees

Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) is a top priority at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. We implement consistent and rigorous EHS policies, standards, management systems, metrics, external reporting, and compliance assurance, all designed to optimize environmental protection, protect employee safety, health and well-being, and ensure regulatory compliance.

Goals and Performance

In early 2016, we have redefined our resource conservation goals to accommodate the significant change in our company structure in 2015 with the acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronic Division, including the two manufacturing facilities now known as Fab 9 in Burlington, VT and Fab 10 in East Fishkill, NY.

By the end of 2018 we will attain the following goals:

  • 18% reduction of normalized electricity consumption
  • 32% reduction of normalized water consumption
  • 20% reduction of normalized greenhouse gas emissions.

We will use the first 12 months of our combined operations (July 2015-July 2016) as the baseline to measure progress to these revised, global goals.

  • We have established an additional goal to recycle or reuse at least 55% of hazardous waste generated across the company by the end of 2016.

The graphs below show 2011-2015 performance data relevant to each of these performance indicators.


GHG Emissions

GHG Emissions 

Electricity Usage

Electricity Usage

Water Usage

Water Usage

Hazardous Waste Recycling and Reuse

Hazardous Waste Recycling and Reuse

EHS Compliance

Through our Global Environmental, Health and Safety policy, we are committed to a “Beyond Compliance” approach, seeking to exceed the requirements of applicable regulations. We implement consistent and rigorous EHS standards, management systems, metrics, external reporting, and compliance assurance programs.

These are designed to protect the environment; to protect the safety, health and well-being of our employees, contractors and communities; and to ensure that we meet or exceed regulatory compliance requirements. Our manufacturing sites perform internal reviews as part of their EHS Management Systems and are routinely inspected by regulatory authorities.

In 2014 and in 2015, inspections and regular compliance reporting across our global locations resulted in three notices of violation (NOV) in 2014 and eight in 2015. All issues were corrected to the satisfaction of the respective regulatory authorities. Of these NOVs, four ( one in 2014 and three in 2015) related to exceedances of Singaporean wastewater discharge standards and resulted in de minimis financial penalties ranging from $760 USD to $3800 USD.