Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

As the environment continues to worsen and the issue of social and economic development is increasingly severe worldwide, the United Nations called for the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED) at Rio de Janeiro in 1992. This conference was known as the Earth Summit that led the sustainability development of mankind to new mindsets and directions and thus find solutions to the issues. It has been two decades since the Earth Summit (Rio + 20). World leaders gathered together again to discuss and review the problems and prospects confronting the advocacy of sustainability for the whole world and all mankind. The meeting gave rise to series of documents bearing the title of “The Future We Want” based on which the SGDs were developed.

After extensive discussions and consultations, the SDGs have been officially passed by the UN in 2014. 17 goals in three aspects, namely, environment, economic and society with a total of 169 targets listed to confirm the direction of approaches to reach the vision, which is to promote both human survival and sustainable development before 2030.

The SDGs open a new age for sustainable development. With this ambitious blueprint for the future, cooperation between all fields, including governments of different nations, international organizations, enterprises, or individuals, all need to contribute to changing behaviors that cannot continue. For enterprises, facing the nearing attentions will certainly create great impacts on the operational structure and strategy.

As a leading company in consumer electronic products sector, we support SDGs and take them as an opportunity for sustainable transformation in business, planning for a forward-looking vision.

ASUS looks at the demands of SDGs from the perspective of the enterprise, and take the actions in response to SDGs through the integration of management strategies and CSR strategies, the development of new business model, and the improvement on the process or program, making contributions to humanity and the environment and creating sustainable competition of enterprises.

Highlights in 2016

Circular Economy Business Model

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

  • By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

Economic growth and development rely on services and products that improve the quality of life. Throughout the entire production and consumption process, decreasing the use of natural resources and the outputs of hazardous substances and of waste are the direction and goal of sustainable production.

As a world leading company in the information industry, ASUS realizes that the rapid introduction of new consumer electronic products and high frequency of product replacement will result in tremendous amount of electronic waste. Among the electronic wastes are large quantities of metal and chemical substances that will cause great harm to the human body and environment when not processed properly.

Therefore, we have adopted the prevention principles of chemical substance management. Through continual innovation, we develop replacement materials that are environmentally friendly, which are used from the beginning in product design. A comprehensive chemical substance management system is also established along with clear product labeling that are in line with regulations. This encourages industrial upgrade in the supply chain, and promotes reusability through clear labeling when the products enter the waste and recycling stage, increasing the applicability and circular value of recycled products.

Digital Inclusion

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

  • By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
  • By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture's contribution to sustainable development

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020

Infrastructure and economic development rely on information and communication technology. The internet and information transport services, such as cellular mobile services, can be spread across the world rapidly, including people into the global information society. According to the statistics, children from the poorest 20% of households are nearly four times more likely to be out of school than their richest peers. Out-of-school rates are also higher in rural areas and among children from households headed by someone with less than a primary education. Equal education has always been an important issue for sustainability, while providing knowledge and skills of sustainable education are also key factors to achieve sustainable development.

We discover that many computers are disposed when they are still fit for use due to the rapid introduction of new electronic products. This situation leads to waste in resources, and the disposed products also damage the environment. At the same time, the widening of the gap between the rich and poor means that many underprivileged groups still have no opportunity to use electronic products. Therefore, ASUS started the project of shortening the digital divide not only through extending the years of used of electronic products and reducing the burden of the global environment, but also through providing digital education for underprivileged groups so that they can have a different future.

Education, vocational training, and the cultivation of skills are the best ways of helping underprivileged groups to break away from poverty and improve life. Digital education is the best method of surmounting the gap in urban and rural areas, distance, and rich and poor. Therefore, for many years, ASUS has steered the direction towards “shortening the digital divide”, introducing a series of activities to gradually introduce digital education to all around the world.

Cloud Technology

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  • By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

Since the Industrial Revolution, human activities, such as the use of fossil fuel, industrial emission and vehicle exhaust, have led to the deterioration of air quality. Among the air pollution factors, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) has received the most attention. Since harmful substances are easily attached to PM2.5, and the small in size makes them possible to penetrate the alveolar and enter the blood system, the inhalation may lead to allergies, asthma, cancer, and blood diseases, therefore harm to the health.

For immediate monitoring of air pollution and for people to adopt adequate protection measures, ASUS Cloud worked with the government, Academia Sinica, and the semiconductor industry to launch the first intelligent urban air pollution monitoring project in Taiwan: Air Box.For immediate monitoring of air pollution and for people to adopt adequate protection measures, ASUS Cloud worked with the government, Academia Sinica, and the semiconductor industry to launch the first intelligent urban air pollution monitoring project in Taiwan: Air Box.

ASUS developed the Air Box with different industries. The Air Box was capable of detecting temperature, humidity, and the level of PM2.5. This information was uploaded to the cloud platform of ASUS Cloud, allowing citizens to view the latest environment data through the internet or APP after the information was processed by the specially developed big data analysis. Also, with the consent of citizens, the API of the platform was open to the public, thus data collected by the Air Box could go through further value-added applications and analysis to develop the 3 core values, “citizen participation,” “building a digital city,” and “open innovation,” of developing an intelligent city, truly implementing intelligent and healthy, big data application, and promoting the quality of urban life.