Sustainability Highlights

Global Presence

MediaTek aspires to lead and operates with a global mindset.

In 2019, the company set three development objectives, including one that highlights the company's vision on global operation and sustainable development: we aspire to uphold our distinctive world class position and become a well-respected and strategically relevant global semiconductor company.

  • Global resource pooling for R&D and operation: By recruiting talent worldwide via organic growth as well as M&A, MediaTek has built up a workforce of several thousand for R&D and operation at 27 sites in the three continents of North America, Europe, and Asia, laying a solid groundwork for MediaTek to become an excellent world-class company.
  • Pursuit of product inclusiveness and dissemination of technology: We believe that technology can improve human life and build an effective bond with the world. Therefore, we strive to design products for everyone by catering to their needs. For instance, via analysis of photos of several thousands of people, the company has developed "touch-up" algorithm, gaining warm reception among dark-skinned population. Meanwhile, the company has offered mobile phones with over 20 built-in dialects in India, which has a multitude of dialects. The company is champion in various chip sectors worldwide, including digital TV, sound assistant, Android tablet PC, network connector, and DVD and blue-light player.  
  • Improved business performance and upgraded industrial status: In 2019, with gross margin increasing by 3.4 percentage points, operating profit dollars jumped 40%, thanks to improving innovation-induced competitiveness. The company was the world's 15th largest semiconductor firm and fourth largest fabless IC design company. It hit the list of Taiwan's 10th largest international brands for the fifth year in a row and is the only semiconductor firm on the list, thanks to its strenuous effort in brand-image building.
  • Active participation in standards organizations: The company has served key positions, such as chairman or editor, in working groups of various standards organization, such as 3GPP, IEEE 802.11 standards committee, and Wi-Fi Alliance, exercising its industrial influence to contribute to the world's latest technology standards.
  • Key player that drives the development of the 5G ecosystem: In addition to possession of cutting-edge products, MediaTek has joined hands with global partners, such as Ericsson, Nokia, NTT Docomo, T-mobile, Chunghwa Telecom, and Far Eastone Telecom, in pushing the materialization of 5G value.


Innovation

MediaTek actively innovates to provide highly competitive and compelling products and services to our customers.

Of the three objectives set by the company in 2019, the first two are directly related to innovation: first, we aspire to achieve technology leadership in areas critical for business success; second, we aspire to deliver differentiated technologies, features and services, and capture the value for sustainable growth and profit. The concept of attaining sustainable growth and profit aligns with corporate social responsibility.

  • R&D as driving force: The company spent 63 billion NTD on R&D in 2019, up near 10% than the previous year, underscoring its resolve in retaining technological edge. 
  • Within the world's leading group for cutting-edge technology: The company rolled out, ahead of peers, 5G flagship SoC Dimensity 1000 in 2019, offering high-speed 5G connection for high-end devices and innovative multimedia, AI, and imaging technology, which underscores its industrial influence on the global market.
  • Enabler of green innovation: In 2019, MediaTek continued to launch high-performance, low energy-consumption chips, helping end products of its customers cut energy consumption by 9% than the 2018 level, which, given the amount of chip sales, led to power saving of 217 million kilowatts/hour and reduction of CO2 emission by 114,793 tons, or the carbon storage capacity of 200,369 acres of US forests in a year.
  • Acknowledgement by global authority: In 2019, 11 papers from MediaTek were accepted and subsequently published by ISSCC 2020, 3rd highest worldwide and the highest in Taiwan, setting a company record in terms of number and technological coverage.
  • Accumulation of IPs: The company ranked 5th place among local organizations in both the amounts of patent application with and patent certificates from Taiwan Intellectual Property's Office, the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan; in the digital communication sector with the European Patent Office (EPO), it ranked 24th.


Talent

MediaTek provides an environment of diversity and inclusiveness to attract global talent, with opportunities for them to unleash their potential and grow with the company.

  • Reciprocal communication: The 2019 employee survey saw significant improvement in previously less satisfactory areas, specifically, corporate goal, performance management, and communication.
  • Quality benefits and working environment: The company has started an in-house preschool occupying 600 pings (approx. 21,354 ft2), the largest of such facilities in Hsinchu Science Park, to help employees with child care. The company has also launched flexible-benefit program, which increased the usage rate to 97%. Each of the company’s buildings offers a gym and various dining options for employees’ health and appetite.
  • Career development and talent cultivation: Internal job transfer is available for employees worldwide, creating an open work environment. In 2019, the company offered over 100 openings for internal job transfer, nearly 40% of which filled successfully. We offer free AI training to employees. Our internal AI Lecture Series have attracted 2,600 attendees; intermediate and advanced technical courses as well as online learning resources are also available.
  • Female-friendly workplace: "Women in Tek” is our growth circle for women that with over 300 members worldwide currently. It offers women and their supporters a learning platform for personal growth, work momentum, and work-life balance.

*Note: Full-time non-managerial employees are all employees excluding the Board of Directors and key managers.


Corporate Governance

MediaTek has adopted corporate governance practices to reflect our strong commitment to protecting stakeholder interests.

  • Setup of chief governance officer: To safeguard shareholders' rights and benefits and strengthen the function of the Board, the Board of Directors designated the chief legal officer as the chief governance officer to handle governance-related affairs. 
  • Enhancement of information security management and control mechanism: To lower risks and protect the interests of stakeholders, we have continued strengthening the management structure of cyber/information security and reviewing relevant policies and measures, thereby reinforcing internal-control mechanism for corporate governance. 
  • Publication of Whistleblowing Policy: To enhance investigative procedure and protect the legal rights of the informant, the company completed its Whistleblowing Policy based on Ethical Corporate Management Best Practice Principles and Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, specifying reporting channels and investigative procedures.


Environmental Management

We ensure responsible supply chain management by reducing our environmental impact where possible, encouraging suppliers to work together on issues relating to climate change.

  • Local procurement: The company's local purchase value exceeds 100 billion NTD, driving growth of local semiconductor industry.
  • Responsible supply chain: In line with the U.N. sustainable development goal, the company convened a supply-chain accountability conference for the first time in 2019 and set a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emission by 2% annually. In addition, the company has established a CSR evaluation system for suppliers, auditing their CSR practices annually. The company also awards excellent suppliers at supplier conferences, acknowledging their performance in dealing with the challenge of climate change. 
  • Climate-related risk management: MediaTek actively discerns climate change-related risks and controls possible impact of extreme weather on the company's operation. Based on the principles of business continuity management, the company has formulated countermeasures for such problems as natural disaster, typhoon, earthquake, fire, power outage, and water shortage on various operating sites, to assure rapid resumption of operation in the wake of disasters. 
  • Quantified management and carbon footprint reduction: The company completed greenhouse-gas inventory on its own initiative in 2019 and outsourced for ISO 14064 certification, for declaration and reduction of greenhouse gases. 
  • Dedication to energy conservation and carbon abatement: MediaTek kicked off operation of the largest data center for IC design in Asia and the first private rooftop solar power station in Hsinchu Science Park in 2019. Together with the two old data centers, those facilities can save an estimated 20.5 million kWh of electricity per year. In addition, the newly inaugurated Wireless Communication Building is equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting, electric cross-site shuttle, energy-conserving meeting rooms controlled by MediaTek IoT chipsets.


Community Engagement

We aspire to be involved through our core capabilities to promote technology education and innovative technological applications, empowering innovation and local implementation.

The company has been dedicated to cultivation of talent in the field of science and technology as well as digital social innovation. Over the past 19 years, the company has invested 1.8 billion NTD for the cause, including over 1.2 billion NTD for industry-academia cooperation and 600 million NTD for social services.

  • Talent cultivation: MediaTek has been collaborating with the academia and has supported their talent cultivation over the years. Our collaborative efforts include joint establishment of innovative research centers on campus, industry-university collaboration on specific projects, participation in academic research institutes, recruitment of talented professors from overseas, provision of scholarships for domestic and overseas doctoral students, and partnerships with at least 19 universities in Taiwan and abroad.
  • Call for social innovation: MediaTek held its second "Genius for Home: MediaTek Digital Social Innovation Campaign," which received 360 innovative solutions to make communities better in Taiwan. We also supported teams from previous years in rolling out their plans.
  • Support for science education: To help fill talent shortages, MediaTek has been supporting STEAM* education for many years. In response to the demand for programming teachers brought by 2019 Grade 1-12 curriculum guidelines, MediaTek has collaborated with eight municipalities to establish a pool of programming teachers. In cooperation with Junyi Academy, we began offering online courses and lending learning materials to teachers and students in remote areas. Since 2011, we have subsidized selected elementary school science projects with the National Taiwan Science Education Center. In tandem with the National Science Fair 2019, MediaTek encouraged and facilitated nearly 5,000 elementary-school teachers and students in expanding their science learning experience, 40% of slots reserved for schools in remote and disadvantaged communities in order to narrow the urban-rural divide.
  • Social services: MediaTek has been actively taking part in social services and social engagement, including public education, industrial development, society and humanities, with the number of beneficiaries exceeding 60,000 in 2019.         

*STEAM refers to the five major fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.