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 distributed2018 Net Revenue
    -Mobility Solutions
    -Connectivity Solutions
$4.57B
$1.76B
$2,81B
For further insight, view our 2018 Annual Report

 


Environmental performance


Energy
Energy consumption within the organization – total fuel consumption from non-renewable sources.2018 Total Fuel 
NG
Gasoline
Diesel
Propane
LPG
LNG
 452,865 GJ
239,684 GJ
2,859 GJ
118,305 GJ
7,199 GJ
28,938 GJ
55,880 GJ
Energy consumption within the organization – total electricity, heating, cooling and steam. 2018 Total Electricity and Heating897,261 GJ

 

Energy consumption (gigajoules [GJ])

Energy consumption 2018

 

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 2018, CommScope achieved 5% reduction against 2016 baseline.

Total direct (Scope 1) and energy indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas emissions.By region
2018 Total

    Americas
    Asia-Pacific
    Europe, Middle East, Africa

224,322 m.t. CO2e
     111,116 m.t. CO2e
96,942 m.t. CO2e
  16,264 m.t. CO2e
 By scope
 2018 Total

      Scope 1
      Scope 2

224,322 m.t. CO2e
87,987 m.t. CO2e
  136,335 m.t. CO2e

 

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

By Region

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Region 2018  

By Scope

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Scope 2018  

 
Note 1: Scope 1 Definition - Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions include, but are not limited to, the CO2 emissions from the fuel consumption.
Note 2: Scope 2 Definition - Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions include, but are not limited to, the CO2 emissions from the generation of purchased or acquired electricity, heating, cooling, and steam consumed by an organization.
Note 3: 2012 – Natural gas consumption adjusted due to late reporting from China facilities in 2013.
Note 4: Fugitive emissions – 5 refrigerants monitored until the end of 2012, additional 15 refrigerants monitored from 2013.
Note 5: 2016 – Energy (direct and indirect) consumption not available for 5 facilities (administration, R&D, distribution centre facilities), all 5 facilities were excluded from the reporting scope.
Note 6: The 2011–2018 data refer to organizational changes in Announcements/Highlights section of our annual sustainability reports.
Note 7: 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 8: The data for 2016 serve as a new baseline after the TE BNS acquisition in August 2015.

 

Water Management
Total water withdrawal.By region
2018 Total

  Americas
  Asia-Pacific
  Europe, Middle East, Africa

531,214 m3
 265,590 m3
 217,131 m3
   48,493 m3
By source
2018 Total

  Ground water
  Municipal water supply

 531,214 m3
 77,979 m3
   453,235 m3

 

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

By Region

Water Withdrawal by Region 2018  

By Source

Water Withdrawal by Source 2018  

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: 2016 municipal water supplies at 6 facilities not available or incomplete, estimated as per monthly average consumption in 2016 at facilities in the same category.
Note 4: 2011–2018 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.
Note 6: 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 2018.
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 2018, CommScope diverted 86% of non-hazardous waste from landfill globally via reducing waste generation through product design and manufacturing processes, reusing waste, recycling waste, converting waste to energy. CommScope’s plastic recycling efforts were impacted by China’s import policies in 2018. Also rise in fiber optic cable production influenced recycling options in waste products and contributed to lower BRE.
Beneficial Reuse of Water 2018  

 


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 25,000 employees in 2018

 

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region

Workforce by region

Workforce by Region 2018  

Workforce by employment type

Workforce by Employment 2018  

Diversity

Employee diversity by gender
Workforce by Gender 2018
Employee diversity by age group
Employee diversity by age group 2018  

 

Rates of injury, lost and restricted days
Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and number of work-related fatalities.Injury rate by region
2018 Total

   Americas
   Asia-Pacific
   Europe, Middle East, Africa
 
   0.38
   0.40
   0.23
   0.85
Lost and restricted workday rate
2018 Total
 11.75
Work-related fatalities
2018 Total
Zero

 

Rates of injury, lost and restricted days

Injury rate by region

Injury rate by region 2018  

Total lost and restricted workday rate

Total lost and restricted workday rate 2018  

Note 1: No work-related fatalities occurred in our manufacturing facilities during 2008–2018.
Note 2: In 2018, for every 1,000 employees, 4 employees have been involved in a reportable injury.
Note 3: Injury rate includes recordable and lost time injuries, fatal injuries and work-related illnesses. Minor injuries are not included.
Note 4: Recordable and lost time incident/injury, and fatality are defined in our global EHS management system.
Note 5: 2011–2018 refer to organizational changes in Announcements/Highlights section of our annual sustainability reports.
Note 6: 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 7: 2016 serves as a new baseline after the TE BNS acquisition in August 2015.
Note 8: Achieved an overall injury rate (IR) of 0.38, 58% below the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) rate of 0.9 published for our industry group based on 2017 data collected.

CommScope EHS Management System definitions
Incident
An unplanned event which has had an impact and the severity of that impact is such that an evaluation is required to determine if the event shall be dealt with using internal resources, external resources and/or the ‘Corporate Crisis Management Team’.

First Aid Incident
Incident where the only treatment required by the injured person is first aid or less.

Recordable Incident
Incident that the injury/illness requires more than first aid treatment. The treatment may begin with first aid but then goes onto more advanced care.

Lost Time Incident
Incident that most likely requires more than first aid and includes:
   • At-work Restricted Work Day(s),
   • Days Away / Lost Work Day(s),
   • Injuries/Illness resulting in job transfer duties.

Fatality
Death due to work related incident.

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 2018Goa, India
Reynosa, Mexico
Delicias, Mexico
Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico
Juarez-Praderas, Mexico 
Suppliers with significant risk in 2018
[countries and percentage of total CommScope Supply Chain worldwide] 
 Americas:
  • Argentina (1.00%)
  • Brazil (0.82%)
  • Chile (0.03%)
  • Colombia (0.24%)
  • Mexico (1.48%)
Asia-Pacific:
  • India (8.91%)
  • Thailand (0.12%)
  • Vietnam (0.03%)
Europe, Middle East, Africa:
  • Romania (0.06%)
  • Serbia (0.03%)
  • Tunisia (0.06%)
  • Turkey (0.06%)
 
 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 2018:

  • Americas                                    74
  • Asia-Pacific                              208
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa      24

There were no incidents of child labor found.

 

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Region

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Region 2018  

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Identified Risk Levels

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Risk 2018  
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 2018 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 (ISO45001):

Multisite |  Bray, Ireland |  Brno-Modrice, Czech Republic |  Brno-Slatina, Czech Republic |  Buchdorf, Germany |  Campbellfield, Australia |  Catawba, NC, U.S. |  Claremont, NC, U.S. |  Delicias, Mexico |  Euless, TX, U.S. |  Forest, VA, U.S. |  Goa, India  |  Greensboro, NC, U.S. |  Hickory, NC, U.S. |  Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico |  Juarez-Praderas, Mexico |  Kessel-Lo, Belgium |  Lochgelly, U.K. |  Reynosa, Mexico |  Rhyl, U.K. |  Suzhou (CSA), China |  Suzhou (CSC), PRC |  Warrington, U.K.

Individual site (OHSAS)
Tijuana, Mexico

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. |  Delicias, Mexico |  Euless, TX, U.S. |  Forest, VA, U.S. |  Goa, India |  Greensboro, NC, U.S. |  Hickory, NC, U.S. |  Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico |  Juarez-Praderas, Mexico |  Kessel-lo, Belgium |  Lochgelly, U.K. |  Reynosa, Mexico |  Rhyl, U.K. |  Suzhou (CSC), PRC |  Suzhou (CSA), PRC |  Warrington, U.K.

Individual site (ISO)
Tijuana, Mexico

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) |  Claremont, NC, U.S. |  Delicias, Mexico |  Euless, TX, U.S. |  Faenza, Italy |  Forest, VA, U.S. |  Fuquay-Varina, NC, U.S |  Goa, India |  Greensboro, NC, U.S. |  Joliet, IL, U.S. |  Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico |  Juarez-Praderas, Mexico |  Lochgelly, 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 |  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 |  Rhyl, U.K |  Richardson, TX, U.S. (Lookout Drive) |  Singapore

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