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Our sustainability strategy

We see it as our mission to continue to make machines that make chips more energy-efficient and to do so in a responsible way. This mission has been the starting point of the sustainability strategy that we redesigned in 2009 and of the ambitious sustainability targets we set for 2010-2015.

Our customers want chip-making machines that produce more chips faster, using less energy and fewer natural resources, at a similar cost. They also want us, as their supplier, to operate according to the highest environmental, social and governance standards. Our sustainability strategy thus goes hand in hand with our business strategy, aimed at maintaining and further developing our position as a technology leader in the semiconductor industry.

ASML’s sustainability strategy focuses on four domains: sustainable operations, sustainable products, sustainable value chain and sustainable culture.

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Focusing on sustainable operations means we seek to reduce the environmental impact of both our manufacturing process and our research and development activities.

Providing sustainable products means we continuously strive to make our chip-making machines more efficient, enabling our customers to reduce their energy and natural resources consumption per chip produced.

Focusing on a sustainable value chain signifies our ambition to stimulate our suppliers to meet increasingly high sustainability standards and to enable our customers to positively influence their impact on environment and society.

Focusing on a sustainable culture means we seek to provide a working environment that inspires our highly-skilled workforce and respects their cultural and individual differences. It also means we seek to make a positive contribution to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.

FTSE4Good Index

ASML's efforts in the area of sustainability were again recognized by inclusion in the FTSE4Good index. ASML has been a constituent to this index since 2003. The FTSE4Good is a series of ethical stock market indices that objectively measure the performance of listed companies that meet globally-recognized corporate responsibility standards.

ASML’s Sustainability Board adopted sustainability targets for the period 2010-2015. These targets have formed the basis for our main sustainability improvement activities in 2011.

Target Indicator2008200920102011Target 2012Target 2015
Sustainable Operations
CO2-emissions (x106 kg)178.482.588.763.857.144.3
Non-hazardous waste Veldhoven (%)2625255707590
Hazardous waste Veldhoven (%)3737977838080
Lost time accident rate40.290.330.140.28-15%-15%
Sustainable Products5
Machine energy efficiency - NXT (kWh/wafer)6n/an/a0.630.630.50n/a
Sustainable Value Chain7
EICC compliant suppliers8n/a394519480%80%

1Halve scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions by 2015 compared to 2010 (x 106KG)

2Veldhoven non-hazardous waste recycling percentages. Will continue improving recycling with 5% annually until final target is reached.

3Veldhoven hazardous waste recycling precentages. Will stay at the same level.

4Because we maintain our ultimate goal to have zero lost time accidents, we do not set yearly targets on the number of lost time accidents, but set a year-to-year improvement goal of 15%.

5In 2011, the key performance indicator referring to the customer energy use (nWh/bit) will no longer be reported.

6As NXT was shipped from 2010 figures for 2008 & 2009 are not available. Figures are theoretical due to complexity of the machine and the process involved.

7 Target definition change in alignment with EICC guideline on target-setting: all suppliers that represent 80% of ASML spend in the year previous to the reporting period.

8Number of suppliers that acknowledged the EICC code of conduct.

Top sustainability performer - Triodos Bank Semiconductor Equipment Sector Study 2011

ASML was ranked first among 10 other companies in the semiconductor equipment sector in a comparative sustainability performance study done by Triodos Bank. The companies were compared on a substantial set of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, focusing on management approach, policies, performance, and controversies. Triodos Bank is an independent Dutch bank, with offices in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Spain, which enables money to work for positive social, environmental and cultural change.


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