Company outlines goals and accomplishments inseventh annual environmental, social and governance report
BENGALURU, India June30, 2021 – Lam Research Corp. (Nasdaq: LRCX) today published its annual Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Reportdetailing the company’s progress in reducing its environmental footprint, driving a healthy and safe workforce, advancing inclusion and diversity, and contributing positively to the broader community.
“The world’s response to the devastating pandemichas illuminated how we can transform our planet and intensify the best in humanity when we all work together towards a common goal,” said Tim Archer, president and chief executive officer of Lam Research. “I could not be prouder of the incredible efforts of Lam’s workforce to deliver for our customers and answer the call from our communities in need under the most challenging of circumstances. And in that spirit, I’m pleased to announce our goals detailed in the ESG Report include operating 100% on renewable energy by 2030 and becoming carbon net zero by 2050 to contribute to a more sustainable world.”
The company is proactively implementing environmental measures throughout its operations, from operational practices to the design of its products. In 2020, Lam made advances toward its 2025 sustainable operations goals in energy savings, water conservation, waste abatement, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. This includes goals of reducing scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from a 2019 baseline; achieving 12 million kWh in energy savings; conducting waste audits at applicable factory sites; reducing waste to landfill to 0%; and saving 17 million gallons of water in water stressed areas.
The recently released report provides an in-depth review of Lam’s ESG goals and strategies, as well as accomplishments in 2020. Key highlights include:
• COVID-19 Relief and Recovery:As part of the company’s $25 million commitment for global COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts, Lam designated $7 million for assistance in communities where employees live and work. Funds were localized to each community’s specific needs, such as food security, shelter, education, personal protective equipment for local hospitals, and longer-term recovery efforts. This included a 2-for-1matching gift campaign for employee monetary donations to COVID-19 relief programs. More than 200 organizations were supported through the company’sefforts in 2020, and Lam’s commitment continues into 2021.
• Workplace Health and Safety:In response to the pandemic, Lamdeployed measures to ensure the health and safety of its employees. The company’s incident management teams implemented administrative, engineering, and environmental controlsat each company site to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In 2020, Lam’s global recordable incident rate was 64% less than the industry average.
• Inclusion and Diversity:Inclusion and diversity (I&D)is a strategic focus area for Lam, and the company invested in I&D practices across the employee experience, including training, engagement, and company policy. This past year, 98% of all employees took part in a web-based microinequities training, fostering a more inclusive culture. Lamcontinues to activateeight employee resource groups connecting more than 1,100 employees and has ongoing relationships with industry partners and leading organizations in the I&D community.
• Responsible Products:TheSense.i® productfamily’snew innovations in RF power and controls technology not only improve performance but also increase efficiency and enable customers to reduce the RF power used by 10-20% for each wafer etched. With new design and advanced manufacturing approaches, Lam eliminated 15,000 pounds of aluminum raw material per Sense.i tool. This reduces the resources consumed in the initial production of the unnecessary aluminum plate and in the recycling stream of 1.5 million pounds per year.
In collaboration with ASML andimec, Lamintroduced a groundbreaking dry photoresisttechnologyfor extreme ultraviolet patterning that uses five toten times less chemistry and two times less energyto create the same result, delivering significant costsavings and a more sustainable solution for chipmakers.
• Extending the Equipment Lifecycle:Many of the technicaladvances Lam introduces in its newest productsare available as upgrades through its Customer Support Business Group (CSBG), providing customerswith a cost-effective strategy for extending theperformance and capabilities of their existinginstalled base. Additionally, CSBG providesrefurbished previous-generation equipmentfor applications that do not require the mostadvanced wafer processing capability, whichresults in avoiding the environmental impactsof manufacturing a new tool.
Lam’s Spares offerings enable the re-use of highvaluespare parts through avariety of re-cleaning, repair, refurbishmentand re-coating services. Part lifetime extension,enabled by re-cleaning services, translatesto approximately $400 million of reduction inmaterials consumption per year. Part re-useenabled by repair and refurbishment servicestranslates to approximately $150 million ofreduction in materials consumption per year.
Last week, Lam alsoannouncedthe closing of an inaugural $1.5 billion sustainability-linked credit facility, demonstrating the importance of the company’s ESG goals. Over the credit facility term, Lam will receive a pricing adjustment if the company is above or below performance targets around annual energy savings and maintaining its high standard of employee safety.