Corporate responsibility is a philosophy that embraces our core company values and ensures we produce smart solutions that respect our people and our planet. This philosophy finds form in three key pillars:

  • Ethics and governance: We value integrity and transparency—and work diligently to maintain the highest standards of ethical business practice.
  • People and communities: We value the human rights of our employees and work diligently to positively contribute to the communities near our facilities.
  • Environment, health and safety: We value the world in which we live—and continually work to improve the wellness and personal safety of our professionals.

Governance

As a global company, CommScope has teams in place to govern practices and maintain a thorough system of checks and balances to comply with applicable laws and do our part for the well-being of our people and planet. They are:

  1. The Executive Sustainability Council (ESC)
    Comprising individuals from our senior management team, members of the Executive Sustainability Council (ESC) meet biannually, determine the overall direction, and approve company-wide strategies and initiatives.
  2. The Corporate Responsibility (CoRe) team
    CoRe team members represent Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability; Corporate Legal; Human Resources; Environment, Health and Safety; Wellness; Environmental Product Compliance; Business Continuity; Corporate Communications; and Supplier Quality. The CoRe team is responsible for determining best practices based on social, political, economic and environmental trends, and legal and customer requirements; maintain company policies and initiatives; and coordinate with local teams at each facility to implement strategic initiatives and activities.
  3. Local facility teams
    These cross-functional teams implement direction from the CoRe team locally, coordinating activities in support of the strategy and goals outlined by the ESC. Teams may include roles like site director, HR manager, ethics officer, EHS specialist and supplier quality engineers.

Progress

At CommScope, we periodically review the sustainability issues we face and capture input from our stakeholders to identify risks and opportunities, shape our strategy and clarify where to focus our resources. We consider a wide range of economic, environmental, social and governance topics. We set short-term and long-term goals related to several of our most relevant and material topics/aspects/issues and identified key performance indicators (KPIs) to manage performance and track progress.

 

Goals and Metrics

Economic performance

Direct economic value generated and distributed2017 Net Revenue
    -Mobility Solutions
    -Connectivity Solutions
$4.56B
$1.75B
$2,81B
For further insight, view our 2017 Annual Report

 


Environmental performance


Energy
Energy consumption within the organization – total fuel consumption from non-renewable sources.2017 Total Fuel 
NG
Gasoline
Diesel
Propane
LPG
LNG
 435,444 GJ
222,742 GJ
3,689 GJ
122,866 GJ
1,719 GJ
26,483 GJ
57,945 GJ
Energy consumption within the organization – total electricity, heating, cooling and steam. 2017 Total Electricity and Heating874,518 GJ

 

Energy consumption (gigajoules [GJ])

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Note 1: 2012 - natural gas consumption adjusted due to late reporting from China facilities in 2013.
Note 2: 2011–2017 refer to organizational changes in Announcements/Highlights section of our annual sustainability reports.
Note 3: Reporting scope 2008-2015 covers Large Manufacturing Facilities (those larger than 70,000 sq. ft.). Reporting scope 2016 and beyond covers all manufacturing, administration and R&D facilities, and distribution centers. 

 

Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
Target:
  • Reduce absolute GHG emissions by 25 percent by the end of 2020 against 2016 baseline. [metric tons of CO2e]
  • Reduce normalized GHG emissions by 25 percent by the end of 2020 against 2016 baseline. [metric tons of CO2e/hrs worked]
In 2017, CommScope achieved 10% reduction against 2016 baseline.

Total direct (Scope 1) and energy indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas emissions.By region
2017 Total

    Americas
    Asia-Pacific
    Europe, Middle East, Africa

212,084 m.t. CO2e
 93,021 m.t. CO2e
103,620 m.t. CO2e
  15,433 m.t. CO2e
 By scope
 2017 Total

      Scope 1
      Scope 2

212,084 m.t. CO2e
91,946 m.t. CO2e
  120,138 m.t. CO2e

 

Total direct (Scope 1) and energy indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas emissions (metric tons CO2e)

By Region

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By Scope

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Note 1: 2012 - GHG emissions from natural gas consumption adjusted due to late reporting from China facilities in 2013.
Note 2: Fugitive emissions - 5 refrigerants monitored until end of 2012, additional 15 refrigerants monitored from 2013.
Note 3: 2011–2017 refer to organizational changes in Announcements/Highlights section of our annual sustainability reports.
Note 4: Reporting scope 2008-2015 covers Large Manufacturing Facilities (those larger than 70,000 sq. ft.). Reporting scope 2016 and beyond covers all manufacturing, administration and R&D facilities, and distribution centers.
Note 5: 2016 serves as a new baseline after the TE BNS acquisition in August 2015.

 

Water Management
Total water withdrawal.By region
2017 Total

  Americas
  Asia-Pacific
  Europe, Middle East, Africa

503,281 m3
 225,696 m3
 222,241 m3
   55,344 m3
By source
2017 Total

  Ground water
  Municipal water supply

 503,281 m3
 68,068 m3
   435,213 m3

 

Total water withdrawal by source (cubic meters [m3])

By Region

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By Source

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Note 1: 2008 ground water withdrawal estimated, no measuring device in place (three locations)
Note 2: 2008, 2009 municipal water supplies at three facilities not known, estimated as per 2009 and 2010 consumption
Note 3: 2011–2017 refer to organizational changes in Announcements/Highlights section of our annual sustainability reports.
Note 4: Reporting scope 2008-2015 covers Large Manufacturing Facilities (those larger than 70,000 sq. ft.). Reporting scope 2016 and beyond covers all manufacturing.
Note 5: 2016 serves as a new baseline after the TE BNS acquisition in August 2015.


Total number and volume of significant spills.

There were no significant spills or releases recorded at CommScope facilities in 2017.
CommScope EHS Management System definitions

Significant spill and/or release:
A significant spill or release is defined as an accidental release of any regulated or hazardous substance, physical or biological agent that may affect human health, land, vegetation or bodies of water. If the significant spill or accidental release impacts the air, water or land outside a facility and requires a designated EHS person to report the matter to any jurisdiction—or requires a third party for cleanup—it must be reported.

 

Waste Management
Beneficial Reuse of Waste (BRE) Target:
Increase beneficial reuse (BRE) of nonhazardous waste to 96 percent by the end of 2018.

In 2017, CommScope facilities diverted 95.2 % of non-hazardous waste from landfill by reducing waste generation through product design and manufacturing processes, reusing waste, recycling waste, converting waste to energy.
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Social performance—labor practices and decent work, human rights

 

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and regionMore than 24,000 employees in 2017

 

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region

Headcount by region

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Workforce by employment type

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Diversity

Employee diversity by gender
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Employee diversity by age group
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Rates of injury, lost and restricted days
Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and number of work-related fatalities.Injury rate by region
2017 Total

   Americas
   Asia-Pacific
   Europe, Middle East, Africa
 
   0.37
   0.45
   0.13
   0.73
Lost and restricted workday rate
2017 Total
 11.72
Work-related fatalities
2017 Total
Zero

 

Rates of injury, lost and restricted days

Injury rate by region

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Total lost and restricted workday rate

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Note 1: In 2015, for every 1,000 employees, 5 employees have been involved in a major reportable injury.
Note 2: Injury rate includes major reportable injuries and work-related illnesses. Minor injuries are not included.
Note 3: Major reportable injuries are defined in our global EHS management system as “Incidents - Health & Safety - Level 3 and 4”.
Note 4: 2011–2017 refer to organizational changes in Announcements/Highlights section of our annual sustainability reports.
Note 5: Reporting scope 2008-2015 covers Large Manufacturing Facilities (those larger than 70,000 sq. ft.). Reporting scope 2016 and beyond covers all manufacturing, administration and R&D facilities, and distribution centers.
Note 6: CommScope EHS Management System definitions
Incidents—Health & Safety—Recordable (Level 2):
Incident that the resulting injury requires more than first aid treatment. The treatment may begin with first aid but then goes onto where by a health care professional’s additional skills are required. They may include: injuries involving medical attention above and beyond first aid treatment, lacerations requiring medical stitches / sutures, injuries resulting in Restricted Work Day(s), injuries resulting in Lost Work Day(s), injuries resulting in job transfer duties, injuries reportable according to local country regulatory reporting requirements.
Incidents—Health & Safety—Serious (Level 3):
Incident that the result is more serious in nature, with respect to injury, number of people involved and its impact. They may include: fatalities or near fatality of an employee(s) or 3rd parties, a single event resulting in injury to more than one employee or 3rd party, a serious instance of workplace violence at a CommScope facility, amputation, fracture, loss of consciousness, in patient hospitalization, injury resulting from an explosion, injury resulting from an crisis event involving partial or complete facility shutdown.
Lost Work Day(s):
Any days that an employee is unable to work because of a work-place injury. Lost Work Days are counted on the calendar year, which also includes weekends, holidays, company shut-downs etc., regardless if the employee is required to work any of these days. Subsequent days after the injury date qualify as lost time injury cases.
Restricted Work Day(s): 
Restricted duty is often referred to as “modified duty” and is defined as: any modification to an employee’s job duties that he or she normally performs at least once a week, or employee inability to work a full shift (restrictions require a physician order). Restricted Work Days are counted on the calendar year, which also includes weekends, holidays, company shut-downs etc., regardless if the employee is required to work any of these days. Subsequent days after the injury date qualify as restricted/lost time injury cases.
 

 

Child labor

Operations and significant suppliers considered to have significant risk for incidents of child labor, including measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor.

Operations with significant risk in 2017Goa, India
Reynosa, Mexico
Delicias, Mexico
Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico
Juarez-Praderas, Mexico 
Suppliers with significant risk in 2017
[countries and percentage of total CommScope Supply Chain worldwide] 
 Americas:
  • Argentina (1.12%)
  • Brazil (0.68%)
  • Chile (0.13%)
  • Colombia (0.21%)
  • Mexico (1.43%)
Asia-Pacific:
  • India (8.10%)
  • Thailand (0.16%)
  • Vietnam (0.03%)
Europe, Middle East, Africa:
  • Romania (0.10%)
  • Serbia (0.03%)
  • Tunisia (0.08%)
  • Turkey (0.05%)
 
 Control measuresCompany policies
  • Labor Policy
  • Child Labor Policy
  • Code of Ethics & Business Conduct
  • Supplier Code of Conduct
Risk Assessments
  • Company level
  • Manufacturing facilities 
Internal audits — manufacturing facilities

Grievance Mechanism

Responsible Sourcing program

Supplier Selection and Evaluation program

These processes include supplier risk assessments (including Supplier Sustainability Survey) and on-site audits.


New and existing suppliers assessed in 2017:

  • Americas                                    87
  • Asia-Pacific                              254
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa      59
There were no incidents of child labor found.

 

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Region

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Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Identified Risk Levels

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Ethics
Operations assessed for risks related to corruption - Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption. All of CommScope’s 23 business units were analyzed each quarter in 2017 for ethical risk.

 

Recognizing excellence

We celebrate our company’s recognitions from a variety of respected organizations and publications. View the list of award-winning CommScope professionals and solutions.

Reporting

CommScope’s annual sustainability report (following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and guidelines) provides information about our economic, environmental, and/or social impacts—positive or negative—toward the sustainable development goals. The report details our efforts to protect the environment, promote the health and safety of our workforce, and support the communities where we operate. You can find recent reports here.

Risk Assessment

CommScope proactively manages risk. We recently completed a corporate-level assessment using the EcoVadis platform. CommScope was awarded gold-level recognition and achieved an an overall scope of 64/100, which certifies:

  • Our structured, proactive approach to corporate responsibility
  • Our established policies and processes to help tackle important issues
  • Our capacity to clearly report on selected activities and key performance indicators

Our manufacturing facilities utilize the RBA Online self-assessment questionnaire to identify risks and opportunities for improvement. We also use Entropy, our primary EHS risk assessment/management tool, to perform a variety of internal monitoring and reporting activities.

Internal Audits

CommScope routinely audits our manufacturing facilities using ISO14001, OHSAS18001, SA8000 and ISO26000 standards to ensure compliance to the environment, health, safety, labor and ethical business practices. Facilities in high-risk countries are audited for labor and ethical practices by our CoRe team every two years, while facilities in low-risk countries are audited every three years. Our EHS team audits environment, health and safety practices every three years using international and company standards. Each externally certified facility also maintains its own team of internal auditors.

Reporting to the Audit Committee of CommScope’s Board of Directors, our Corporate Audit and Advisory team also performs independent, objective audits of our internal processes and controls following the Institute of Internal Auditors International Professional Practices Framework.

Certifications

CommScope maintains a variety of certifications based on four widely accepted industry standards.

To view a specific certification, select your preferred facility location:

Health and Safety Management System certifications (OHSAS18001):

Multisite |  Bray, Ireland |  Brno-Modrice, Czech Republic |  Campbellfield, Australia |  Goa, India  |  Hickory, NC, U.S. |  Lochgelly, U.K. |  Reynosa, Mexico |  Suzhou (CSC), PRC |  Warrington, U.K.

Environmental Management System certifications (ISO14001):

Multisite |  Bray, Ireland |  Brno-Modrice, Czech Republic  | Brno-Slatina, Czech Republic |  Burchdorf, Germany |  Campbellfield, Australia |  Catawba, NC, U.S. |  Claremont, NC, U.S. |  Goa, India |  Greensboro, NC, U.S.Hickory, NC, U.S. | Kessel-lo, BelgiumLochgelly, U.K. |  Reynosa, Mexico | Rhyl, U.K.Suzhou (CSC), PRC |  Suzhou (CSA), PRC |  Warrington, U.K.

Quality Management System certifications (ISO9001/TL9000):

Multisite_nqa (TL, ISO)
Ashburn, VA, U.S. |  Brno-Modrice, Czech Republic |  Buchdorf, Germany |  Catawba, NC, U.S. (TL) | Claremoont, NC, U.S. | Delicias, MexicoEuless, TX, U.S. |  Faenza, Italy |  Forest, VA, U.S. |  Goa, India | Greensboro, NC, U.S.Joliet, IL, U.S. |  Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico | Juarez-Praderas, MexicoLochgelly, U.K. |  Reynosa, Mexico |  Richardson, TX, U.S. (Telecom Pkwy) |  Shakopee, MN, U.S.Suzhou (CSC), PRC  

Multisite_nqa (ISO) 
Agrate, Italy |  Bella Vista, Australia |  Berkeley Vale, Australia |  Bodelwyddan, U.K. |  Bray, Ireland |  Brno-Slatina, Czech Republic |  Buenos Aires, Argentina |  Catawba, NC, U.S. (ISO) |  Claremont, NC, U.S. |  Chelmsford, MA, U.S. |  Guildford, U.K. |  Kessel-Lo, Belgium |  Malton, U.K. |  Pardubice, Czech Republic |  Richardson, TX, U.S. (Lookout Drive) |  Singapore

 

Individual site (ISO)
Bangalore, India | Shanghai, PRC | Suzhou (CSA), PRC | Wuxi, PRC | Warrington, U.K.