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    Creating the Future We Envision

    Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS)

    Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

    The way we conduct our business operations helps protect the health and safety of our workforce, customers and communities.

    EHS implements programs, with management’s support, based on five guiding principles that shape how we conduct business at Applied:

    • Ensuring Safe Work Environments: Establishing EHS policies and procedures, evaluating chemicals against stringent safety parameters and employing appropriate engineering controls when warranted
    • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Reducing our impact on the environment by conserving energy throughout our operations and supporting renewable energy sources
    • Designing for the Environment: Designing safe, long-lasting, reusable or recyclable products to minimize the use of natural resources and allow our customers to create sustainable products
    • Reducing Waste: Reducing product and packaging waste through material minimization, reuse and recycling
    • Conserving Natural Resources: Minimizing our resource consumption by using recycled materials and process water

    Applied Materials ISO 14001:2015 Manufacturing Sites

    • Austin, Texas
    • Santa Clara, California (New Product Integration)
    • Kalispell, Montana
    • Gloucester, Massachusetts
    • Alzenau, Germany
    • Heimstetten, Germany
    • Rehovot, Israel
    • Treviso, Italy
    • Singapore
    • Pyeongtaek, Kyeonggi-do, South Korea
    • Tainan, Taiwan

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    Through efforts to increase efficiency, conservation and use of renewable energy sources, Applied Materials remains focused on maximizing energy performance and minimizing consumption. In recent years, despite rapid operational growth, we have succeeded in keeping our energy use relatively flat—in part because of our Global Clean Power Generation initiative.

    Through water minimization and recycling practices, Applied facilities ensure that both water usage and discharges comply with local laws and regulations.

    Our Austin, Texas water reclamation project has reduced our water consumption for irrigation by 5.7 million cubic feet (equivalent to over 86 Olympic-sized swimming pools).

    Our GHG emissions have remained relatively flat in recent years. We accomplished this through a variety of efforts, including routine monitoring of our energy use, conducting energy audits, optimizing the temperature of water used in our operations, and making sure that any new equipment was as energy efficient as possible.

    Applied Materials’ facilities around the world continuously update recycling programs to decrease non-hazardous waste generation and increase diversion rates. Recycling programs have kept our waste diversion rate steady at around 75% in recent years. Packaging materials now account for roughly 70% of our total recyclables.

    Global Clean Power Generation

    We are minimizing our carbon footprint through onsite renewable energy production that supplements our green energy purchases from local utilities. Our onsite clean power generation has produced 3.5 Gigawatt hours— equivalent to the energy needed to power 2.3 million homes per year

    Our Center has been awarded Singapore’s highest environmental honor – the Green Mark Platinum award – by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority.

    • Largest 5.7m2 photovoltaic thin film solar system in Singapore.
    • 400 kW (kilowatt) peak system that annually generates 450 mWh (megawatt hours) of electricity – enough energy to power more than 100 apartments for a year.
    • Installed low-e glass curtain walls and a rainwater recycling system.
    • All features result in annual energy savings of up to 30 percent.

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    Established in 2008, the Arques rooftop and parking lot arrays include approximately 8,000 wafer-based solar panels to create an area larger than two football fields. The panels were manufactured by SunPower Corporation using Applied Materials equipment.

    In recent years, green energy purchases have met 100 percent of the power demand for Applied Materials’ Santa Clara campuses and powered 15 – 20 percent of operational needs in Austin. Solar arrays at our Arques campus in Sunnyvale provide roughly 5% of the total energy used annually—equivalent to that used by approximately 1,500 homes.

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    Since 2007, a 24kW solar array panel installed at our Austin campus has generated more than 34 mWh (megawatt hours) annually. The pollution-free panels eliminate 54,390 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year, roughly the equivalent of planting eight acres of trees. When first installed, this was the largest array at any Austin business site.

    In 2008, Applied Materials activated a 56 kilowatt solar array—the largest in Xi’an at the time—at our Global Development Center, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more 65 tons per year.


    Applied Materials employs a comprehensive Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) to protect the health and safety of its workforce, customers and communities. Fully integrated with business processes across all Applied locations, the EHSMS also incorporates formal risk assessments and mitigation practices, and these are validated by regular internal and third-party audits of our certified manufacturing sites.

    • Austin, Texas
    • Santa Clara, California (New Product Integration)
    • Gloucester, Massachusetts
    • Kalispell, Montana
    • Alzenau, Germany
    • Heimstetten, Germany
    • Rehovot, Israel
    • Singapore

    Supply Chain

    We maintain an innovative, world-class supply chain by building lasting partnerships, enabling transparency and collaborating on solutions that optimize product cost, quality, delivery and reliability. We are committed to sustainable business practices throughout our global supply chain and to the responsible sourcing of materials used to make our products.

    Our Global Supply Chain Organization (GSO) manages supplier relationships, develops supply chain capability and is primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable laws, several industry standards—such as RBA (Responsible Business Alliance) and SEMI guidelines—and our Standards of Business Conduct (SBC).

    CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act
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    RBA (formerly EICC)

    In 2005, Applied adopted the RBA Code of Conduct. This code addresses issues related to labor, health and safety, environmental responsibility, management systems and ethics in the supply chain. We are taking various steps to optimize our supply chain management. The top 80% of our suppliers must complete yearly self-assessments to measure their compliance with the RBA Code of Conduct, our Standards Business Conduct and related requirements. We similarly require that our suppliers observe applicable laws and regulations wherever they operate.

    Conflict Minerals

    Applied Materials is committed to the responsible sourcing of materials used in our products. The equipment and many of the spare parts we produce include components that contain tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold—commonly labeled today as “conflict minerals.” We do not directly purchase these minerals, nor do we have any direct relationship with mines or smelters that process these minerals. Our products, due to their size and complexity, generally consist of thousands of parts sourced from a multitude of suppliers. We rely on our direct suppliers to provide information on the origin of any conflict minerals contained in parts sold to us, including conflict minerals they obtain from lower-tier suppliers and smelters.

    Our approach to verifying the source and chain of custody of conflict minerals in our supply chain is designed to conform in all material respects with OECD Guidance. Along with other RBA members, we have been a partner in the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) since its inception, when it was known as the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative.

    Supplier Diversity

    Supplier diversity is important and we are committed to selecting diverse suppliers whose products and services meet our supplier selection criteria and enable us to meet customer requirements. In 2017, we established a supplier diversity program to enhance the role diversity plays in our supplier selection process.