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Community involvement

Community involvement is one of ASML's responsible business themes. Establishing good relationships with our local communities and a vibrant social infrastructure helps to secure our long-term business success, and contributes to employee engagement.

The objectives of our community involvement programs are:

  • Improving technical education and awareness among schoolchildren and students.
  • Helping to provide an inspiring and attractive environment for our employees and families to live and work.
  • Strengthening social structures.

In the communities where we operate, we aim to inspire young people to develop an interest in technology and study towards a technical qualification. This helps to build a pipeline of talented young engineers, not only for ASML but also for our suppliers and partners. We sponsor local events and organizations through partnerships and donate to charities that support a vibrant cultural infrastructure and strengthen social structures. Each of these community activities has a link with education, culture, technology and/or youth.

Our community relations program is part of our CR strategy and helps us implement our corporate responsibility goals. Our global community involvement program falls under the remit of our CEO, and is coordinated by our Communications department. A community involvement office provides a central framework for setting targets, selecting projects and defining priorities. Within this framework, individual sites choose their own community involvement activities, which are overseen by local coordinators.

Advocating the high-tech professions

  • We partnered with two secondary schools near our Dutch headquarters - Were Di in Valkenswaard and Sondervick in Veldhoven - to jointly develop educational programs. We participated in Jet-Net (Youth and Technology Network Netherlands), a partnership between businesses, schools and government to promote technology. We hosted a number of secondary school visits to ASML. Over 100 ASML colleagues volunteered as guest lecturers at schools.
  • During the Dutch Technology Week, ASML participated in a range of activities to introduce (young) people to the world of science and technology.
  • We participated in the Dutch Girls' Day (over 1,200 visitors), a national initiative to promote technology among girls, and sponsored Robocup, the Robot Soccer World Cup, which aims to advance the technologies of intelligent robotics.
  • ASML U.S. hosted various ASML4Kids sessions at schools around the country. All in all over 1,300 students were reached. Students learned about such topics as light and reflection, accuracy and precision, air quality, and technology and chips.
  • We sponsor study associations at various universities of technology.
  • We build relationships with universities in Korea and Taiwan.
  • We provide scholarships, internships and technical trainee programs.

Sponsoring


Within ASML sponsoring takes place in two ways: through the ASML Foundation and through corporate sponsoring. ASML Foundation supports education projects across the world to improve economic and social self-reliance for targeted groups, particularly children (see ‘ASML Foundation’ below). Corporate sponsoring concentrates mainly on sponsoring activities in the communities where we are located.

Through our corporate sponsorship program, ASML donated a total amount of 487,000 euros to various institutions in the Eindhoven region (2012: 495,000 euros). ASML donates to institutions operating in four different areas: community/charity, sports, education and culture. Examples include:

  • Cultural events and organizations such as the concert hall Muziekgebouw, in Eindhoven, and Glow, a platform for artists, designers and architects working with light.
  • Events such as the Eindhoven marathon.
  • Xmas Jazz Concert in Taiwan.
  • Bike-a-thon in Taiwan (A 300 km cycling journey from Linkou in the north to Tainan in the south will raise funds to support underprivileged children and teens in Taiwan).
  • Jeugdsportfonds (Youth sports fund) in Eindhoven.
  • Oranjemarkt Veldhoven, a non-commercial community flea market.
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Volunteering: employees volunteer in community events and technology promotion


We organized a 'Volunteer Fair' at ASML in 2013, where nine not-for-profit organizations from the Veldhoven area could recruit volunteers from among our employees. Among the causes they support are people with a handicap, families affected by autism and social events for expats in the Eindhoven area. Approximately 100 ASML employees signed up as volunteers, including 60 who joined an initiative to perform repairs and similar chores for low-income families in the area.

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Fund-raising


ASML supports employees who organize or participate in fund-raising events involving physical activities such as running or cycling. The maximum contribution is set at 1,000 euros per participant per event. In 2013, a total of 30,000 euros (2012: 14,000) was donated to causes that our employees support worldwide and that match the objectives of our community involvement program.

ASML Foundation

We set up ASML Foundation in 2001 as an organization under Dutch law. Though closely linked to our company, it operates independently. It focuses on improving the economic and social self-reliance of targeted groups, mainly children, by supporting educational projects around the world. ASML Foundation is our charity of choice.

In 2013, we contributed 300,000 euros to the foundation. This was the fourth term of our commitment to contribute such an amount each year from 2010-2014, enabling ASML Foundation to maintain its funds at an adequate level. We also supported the foundation in kind by employing its director, among others, and sitting on its supervisory board.

ASML Foundation aims to spend 700,000 euros on donations each year and in 2013 we met this target. We focus on achieving long-term results through our community involvement.

In 2013, ASML Foundation supported 32 educational projects in 23 countries, including China, the Netherlands, Ireland, Connecticut (U.S.) and New Mexico (U.S.). Most projects focus on enabling targeted groups, who would otherwise have no access to education, to attend school. ASML Foundation also focuses on vocational training projects for youth and young adults. The foundation closely monitors the projects it supports. All project supervisors must provide regular updates as well as final evaluation reports on the results realized.

Additional and actual information about ASML Foundation can be found at: www.asmlfoundation.org

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