SEMI today announced that Ajit Manocha, CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, has been selected to receive the “SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award — Inspired by Akira Inoue.” The Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Award is sponsored by SEMI and will be presented on July 9 at 9:00am during the SEMICON West 2013 Opening Keynote and Ceremonies in San Francisco.

“We are pleased to present this award to Ajit Manocha for his outstanding contribution and commitment to EHS issues," said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI.  “Ajit joins a distinguished group of semiconductor executives who have been honored by our industry for notable EHS achievement and leadership.”

“Excellence in Environment, Health and Safety is not only a mandate that we set for ourselves, but a fundamental expectation of our customers and the communities where we operate,” Manocha said. “Corporate responsibility is fundamental to our culture and our value proposition to our customers, the communities in which we live and do business, and our full range of global stakeholders.”

Manocha heads GLOBALFOUNDRIES Executive Stewards Council (ESC), the leadership forum for strategic direction and accountability for risk management, corporate responsibility and sustainability.  Manocha’s leadership has resulted in significant EHS achievements at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Those cited by the Award committee in the selection of Manocha include:

  • Zero-Incident Safety Culture — GLOBALFOUNDRIES safety goal is to continually reduce all injuries and Manocha continually challenged the EHS and project management teams to achieve zero incidents. For example, Manocha ensured that there was a strong focus on safety metrics in the executive project reviews of the new Fab 8 in Malta, New York. GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Singapore Fabs all received “Silver Awards” for Health and Safety presented by the Workplace Safety and Health Council and supported by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower.
  • Commitment to Eco-Efficiency in Foundry Operations — In 2012, GLOBALFOUNDRIES set corporate environmental goals to reduce GHG emissions 40 percent by 2015, electricity consumption 35 percent by 2015 and water consumption 10 percent by 2015, all normalized to a manufacturing index and compared to 2010.  Fab 8 incorporates multiple energy efficiency measures, waste heat recovery, and “idle mode” for abatement systems and vacuum pumps. Fab 1 in Dresden is powered by two energy-efficient tri-generation power plants that provide electricity, heating and cooling to fab operations, GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Singapore utilizes reclaimed NEWater for incoming supply and achieved an energy reduction of 50 GWh in 2012, with a 2013 goal of a further 57 GWh reduction.
  • WSC Commitment to Best Practices for Perfluoro-Compound (PFC) Reduction — At the 2012 annual CEO meeting of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC), Manocha led the discussion of EHS topics, urging his fellow CEOs to take action to protect the environment, conserve resources, and achieve the WSC’s PFC reduction goal. GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ newest U.S. fab, Fab 8, meets the WSC Best Practice commitment for PFC emission reduction, and Fab 1 has incorporated best practices for PFC reduction since 1999.
  • WSC Commitment to a “Conflict-Free Supply Chain” — At the 2013 WSC meeting, Manocha  championed a “Conflict-free Supply Chain” policy to address concerns related to sourcing tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold from “conflict regions” of the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries. The WSC subsequently adopted such a policy. For its part, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has already met customer requests for “Tantalum Conflict-free” products in 2012.

In addition to receiving the EHS Award at SEMICON West, Manocha will deliver the Opening Keynote for the event on July 9 at 9:00am at Moscone Center (Esplanade Hall, Keynote Stage) in San Francisco, Calif.  For more information about SEMICON West — including registration and keynote attendance —   visit

The “Outstanding EHS Achievement Award — Inspired by Akira Inoue” is sponsored by the EHS Division of SEMI. The award is named after the late Akira Inoue, past president of Tokyo Electron Limited and a strong advocate of EHS. Inoue also served on the SEMI Board of Directors. The award recognizes individuals in industry and academia who have made significant contributions by exercising leadership or demonstrating innovation in the development of processes, products or materials that reduce EHS impacts during semiconductor manufacturing.

Past recipients of the SEMI EHS Akira Inoue Award include: Richard Templeton (president and CEO, Texas Instruments), Atsutoshi Nishida (president and CEO, Toshiba), Dr. Jong-Kap Kim (chairman and CEO, Hynix Semiconductor), Dr. Morris Chang (chairman and CEO, TSMC) and other prominent industry leaders.




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