23 April 2010


Skyworks releases annual Sustainability Report

In conjunction with Earth Day yesterday, Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA, which makes linear products, power amplifiers, front-end modules and radio solutions for handset and infrastructure equipment, has released its 2009 Sustainability Report, a voluntary document that addresses its commitment to operating under business practices that help to protect the needs of future generations and minimize its environmental impact. Skyworks says that the report also highlights improvements that it has made in multiple areas, ranging from environmental to labor, health and safety, ethics, and business management systems.

Since 2005 (the initial reporting year), Skyworks has improved energy efficiency by 26%, water efficiency by 44%, and hazardous waste efficiency by 84%. Carbon dioxide emissions per production unit have also been cut by 10%, with further efficiency improvements expected in the coming years, particularly given the shift in 2009 away from manufacturing processes that use the most greenhouse gases.

At a higher level, in 2009 more than 99% of Skyworks’ product sold was environmentally preferred, or products that meet lead (Pb)-free and restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) standards, among other global regulatory requirements. In addition, the firm's sustainability programs continue to be aligned with the multiple requirements of the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct (EICC).

“Skyworks’ 2009 Sustainability Report demonstrates that smart, sustainable business practices also make good business sense,” says VP of worldwide operations Bruce J. Freyman.

“While many of our customers require their supply chain partners to maintain robust sustainability programs, Skyworks often exceeds these requirements, even as we continue to grow our business,” claims Freyman. “Our goal is to ensure that we operate in a sustainable and successful manner — respecting people and the environment.”

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