Philosophy

Future focused, results driven, and on your side

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:

  • Environmental: We value the world in which we live—and continually work to minimize the environmental impact of our operations and products.
  • Social: We value the human rights of our employees and work diligently to improve the wellness and personal safety of our professionals and positively contribute to the communities near our facilities.
  • Governance: We value integrity and transparency—and work diligently to maintain the highest standards of ethical business practice.

Governance

As a global company, CommScope is exposed to risks at many levels. We are governed by multiple teams to create, direct and implement our sustainability strategy and maintain a thorough system of checks and balances designed to minimize social, environmental, physical and ethical risks.

  • The Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability (ECS) Executive Council
    Comprising individuals from our senior management team, members of the Executive Sustainability Council (ESC) meet at least annually, determine the overall Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) strategy, mission and goals, review corporate strategy and performance, and approve company-wide strategies and initiatives.
  • The Corporate Responsibility (CoRe) team
    CoRe team members represent Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability; Corporate Legal; Human Resources; Environment, Health and Safety; Well-being; 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 in the market and society, and legal and customer requirements; developing and maintaining company policies and initiatives; conducting internal audits of manufacturing facilities; monitoring and reporting on CR&S performance; and coordinating with local teams at each facility to implement strategic initiatives, activities and best practices.
  • Local facility teams
    These cross-functional teams implement direction from the CoRe team locally and coordinate activities in support of the corporate strategy and goals outlined by the ESC Executive Council. Teams include roles like site director, HR manager, ethics officer, EHS specialist and supplier quality engineers (SQEs).

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.

Materiality Assessment, Strategic Priorities, Goals

The topics in the top-right quadrant of the materiality matrix were ranked highest in importance for both our stakeholders and our business success. This was based on qualitative and quantitative data from the materiality assessment. As a result, we have focused our CR&S strategy around these key material issues. This addresses our most significant impacts, while also aligning with the needs of our customers and stakeholders. The topics below the materiality threshold are not covered in as much detail but remain important to CommScope.

The identified ESG material topics were summarized in five material topic groups. Which we then used to outline our new CR&S strategy, strategic priorities and objectives and targets.

2021 Objectives and Targets

Priority

Goal

2021 objective/target is to:

Ethics and
Governance

Drive corporate responsibility
and sustainability in the business

  • Publish an assured Sustainability Report aligned with the GRI and SASB standards.
  • Reinforce the Ethics and Compliance training program, targeting a completion rate of more than 95%.
  • Implement an employee sustainability awareness project.

Our Business
Operations
and Facilities

Reduce the environmental
effects of our operations
and facilities

  • Reduce our 2019 GHG emissions by 4% by year-end 2021.
  • Reduce our 2019 energy consumption by 4% by year-end 2021.
  • Develop long-term GHG reduction targets and a plan to achieve them.
  • Ensure beneficial reuse (BRE) of waste exceeds 85% by year-end 2021.
  • Continue managing water use efficiently across the business.
  • Continue maintaining ISO14001 and ISO45001 certification at selected facilities.

Sustainable
Products

Develop solutions that meet
our customers’ current and
future sustainability requirements

  • Continue leveraging the benefits of eco-design across our products and packaging.
  • Develop life-cycle assessments (LCAs) and environmental product declarations (EPDs) programs for our ISPC products.
  • Ensure that applicable STB and SNE products meet and exceed energy efficiency voluntary agreements (VAs) and standards.
  • Continue providing leadership in driving the SCTE’s energy goals and standards development for network energy efficiency.
  • Continue performing conflict minerals reasonable country of origin inquiry for all relevant suppliers.

Responsible
Supply Chain

Source responsibly and
minimize our
supply chain risks

  • Evolve our supplier responsibility strategy to consider the changing business.
  • Continue completing annual sustainability assessments for all in-scope suppliers.
  • Ensure 100% of “High Risk” suppliers complete a CR audit.
  • Ensure all CommScope sites aren’t “High Risk” during the annual RBA risk assessment review.

Our People

Leverage a collaborative,
enabled and agile workforce
to deliver business innovation

  • Reinforce our purpose, vision and values to our people globally through additional learning initiatives as well as integration in HR processes.
  • Drive an enhanced coaching culture for all people managers through relevant leadership development opportunities.
  • Continue strengthening our culture of diversity and inclusion companywide through the global Diversity & Inclusion Business Network initiative.
  • Provide more support to the local communities where CommScope operates.
  • Continue reinforcing well-being and employee experience.

Metrics, Key Performance Indicators

Economic performance

Direct economic value generated and distributed 2020 Net Revenue
    -Broadband
    -Home
    -Outdoor Wireless
    -Venue & Campus
$8.4B
$2.9B
$2.4B
$1.2B
$1.9B
For further insight, view our 2020 Annual Report.

Environmental performance

Energy

Target:

  • Reduce our 2019 energy consumption by 4% by year-end 2021.

CommScope achieved 5.9% reduction in energy use and 5% of its total electricity use came from renewable sources.

Energy consumption within the organization – total fuel consumption from non-renewable sources.

2020 Total Fuel 

  • Natural Gas
  • Gasoline
  • Diesel
  • Propane
  • LPG
  • LNG
  • Jet Fuel
  • Process gases

100,061 MWh

56,744 MWh
517 MWh
31,428 MWh
1,811 MWh
7,030 MWh
0 MWh
2,523 MWh
8 MWh

Energy consumption within the organization – total fuel consumption from renewable sources. 2020 Total Fuel 0 MWh

Energy consumption within the organization – total electricity, heating, cooling and steam from non-renewable and renewable sources. 2020 Total Electricity and Heating
  - From non-renewable sources
  - From renewable sources
318,888 MWh
301,793 MWh
17,095 MWh

Energy consumption 2020

Energy consumption by Region 2020

Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions

Target:

  • Reduce our 2019 GHG emissions by 4% by year-end 2021. [absolute GHG emissions target]
  • Develop long-term GHG reduction targets and a plan to achieve them.

CommScope:

  • Achieved 8.6% reduction in Scope 1+2 location- based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to 2019.
  • Achieved 8.2% reduction in Scope 1+2 market- based GHG emissions.
  • Is working towards developing long-term GHG emissions reduction targets following Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) approach.
Total direct (Scope 1) and energy indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas emissions. By region
2020 Total

    North America (NAR)
    Caribbean and Latin America (CALA)
    Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

184,537 m.t. CO2e
73,308 m.t. CO2e
27,935 m.t. CO2e
72,223 m.t. CO2e
11,071 m.t. CO2e
By scope
 2020 Total

      Scope 1
      Scope 2 (market-based)

184,537 m.t. CO2e
59,926 m.t. CO2e
  124,611 m.t. CO2e

Total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (metric tons CO2e)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Scope 2020

2020 greenhouse gas emissions by region

Water Management

Target: Continue managing water use efficiently across the business.

CommScope achieved a 9.3% reduction in water withdrawal compared to 2019.

Total water withdrawal. By region
2020 Total

  North America (NAR)
  Caribbean and Latin America (CALA)
  Asia-Pacific (APAC)
  Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

584,002 m3
163,003 m3
170,259 m3
215,253 m3
35,487 m3
By source
2020 Total

  Ground water
  Municipal water supply

584,002 m3
76,491 m3
507,511 m3

Total water withdrawal (cubic meters [m3])

Water withdrawal by source 2020

Water withdrawal by region 2020

Total number and volume of significant spills.

There were no significant spills or releases recorded at CommScope facilities in 2020.
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

Target: Ensure beneficial reuse (BRE) of waste exceeds 85% by year-end 2021.

In 2020, CommScope diverted 85.3% of non-hazardous waste from landfill globally. This was achieved by reducing waste generation through product design and manufacturing processes, reusing waste, recycling waste, converting waste to energy. CommScope’s plastic recycling efforts have been impacted by China’s import policies since 2018.

Waste Diversion 2020


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 region More than 30,000 employees in 2020

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region

Workforce by employment type 2020

Workforce by region 2020

Global statistics by employment contract reflect the nature of employment relationship in the countries where we operate.

Diversity

Employee Diversity 2020

Rates of injury, lost and restricted days

Target: Achieve a global Injury Rate (IR) of 0.34.

In 2020 CommScope achieved a global injury rate of of 0.38, 68.3% below the U.S. OSHA industry rate of 1.2 but 11.8% above its 2019 target of 0.34.

Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and number of work-related fatalities. 2020 Injury rate 0.38
Lost and restricted (days away) rate 11
2020 Work-related fatalities Zero

Rates of injury 2020

Note 1: Injury rate was calculated based on 200,000 hours worked.
Note 2: Injury rate calculation includes fatalities as a result of work-related injury, high-consequence work-related injuries, and recordable work-related injuries.

 

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, forced 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 2020 Goa, India
Delicias, Mexico
Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico
Juarez-Praderas, Mexico
Reynosa, Mexico
Tijuana, Mexico
Manaus, Brazil
Suppliers with significant risk in 2020
[by countries]
 Americas:
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Mexico
Asia-Pacific:
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Europe, Middle East, Africa:
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia
 
 Control measures Company policies
  • Labor Policy
  • Child Labor Policy
  • Code of Ethics & Business Conduct
  • Supplier Code of Conduct
Risk Assessments
  • Company level: EcoVadis (achieved Gold CSR rating) and TIA Sustainability Assessor (achieved Silver rating).
  • Facility level (manufacturing facilities): RBA SAQ via the RBA-Online platform. All manufacturing facilities were reviewed in 2020.
  • Suppliers: CommScope Supplier Sustainability Survey or RBA SAQ (via RBA-Online).

Internal audits — manufacturing facilities

Employee Engagement, Training and Development

Grievance Mechanism

Responsible Sourcing program

Supplier Selection and Evaluation program
This program includes supplier risk assessments (including Supplier Sustainability Survey) and on-site audits.

Communication

New and existing suppliers assessed in 2020:

Americas                                    50
Asia-Pacific                              193
Europe, Middle East, Africa     20
Total                                          263

In 2020, we screened 263 suppliers, including 100% of new suppliers. Supplier screening includes environmental and social criteria. After completing the 2020 audit process, a total of 2.7% of suppliers were identified as high risk. For active high-risk suppliers, we planned 2021 follow-up audits. Measures we took in the reporting period were intended to help eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labor. No incidents of forced labor, child labor, slavery or human trafficking were found.

Supplier audits/on-site assessments

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Region 2020

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Risk 2020

Ethics

Significant Risk Identification and Non-compliance

All of CommScope’s 22 business units were analyzed each quarter in 2020 for ethical risk, including corruption. We identified no significant risks regarding corruption.

Separately, CommScope didn’t identify any significant noncompliance with environmental, social and economic laws and/or regulations in 2020.

CommScope didn’t receive any substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy, and isn’t aware of any identified leaks, thefts or losses of customer data in 2020.

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 overall scope of 70/100, 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, ISO45001, 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:

Quality Management System certifications (ISO9001/TL9000):

Multisite (TL – 151045.000)
Apex, NC | Apocada, Mexico | Ashburn, VA, U.S. | Austin, TX, U.S. | Beijing, PRC | Buchdorf, Germany | Catawba, NC, U.S. | Claremont, NC, U.S. | Delicias, Mexico | Euless, TX, U.S. | Faenza, Italy | Forest, VA, U.S. | Goa, India | Hickory, NC, U.S. | Horsham, PA, U.S.Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico | Juarez-Praderas, Mexico | Kirkcaldy, U.K. | Lisle, IL, U.S. | Lowell, MA, U.S. | Reynosa, Mexico | Richardson, TX, U.S. | San Diego, CA, U.S. | Santa Clara, CA, U.S. | Shakopee, MN, U.S. | Shenzhen, PRC | Suzhou (CSA), PRC | Suzhou (CSC), PRC | Tijuana, Mexico | Wokingham, U.K.

Multisite (ISO – 111045.000)
Agrate, Italy | Bangalore (ADC), India | Bangalore (ARRIS), India | Bangalore (CS), India | Belfast, U.K. | Bodelwyddan, U.K. | Bray, Ireland | Brno, Czech Republic | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Catawba, NC, U.S. | Cork, Ireland | Hickory, NC, U.S. | Horsham, PA, U.S. | Kessel-Lo, BelgiumLisle, IL, U.S. | Lowell, MA, U.S. | Malton, U.K. | Melbourne, Australia | Pardubice, Czech Republic | Richardson, TX, U.S. | Saltaire, U.K. | San Diego, CA, U.S. | Santa Clara, CA, U.S. | Shaghai, PRC | Shenzhen (ARRIS), PRC | Shenzhen (RUCKUS), PRC | Suwanee, GA, U.S. | Sunnyvale, CA, U.S. | Taipei City, Taipei | Tijuana, Mexico | Wallingford, CT, U.S. | Warrington, U.K.

Individual site: Suzhou (CSA), PRC

Health and Safety Management System certifications (ISO45001):

Multisite |  Bray, Ireland | Brno, Czech Republic |  Buchdorf, Germany |  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 |  Reynosa, Mexico |  Rhyl, U.K. |  Suzhou (CSA), PRC |  Suzhou (CSC), PRC |  Warrington, U.K.

Individual site (OHSAS)
Tijuana, Mexico

Environmental Management System certifications (ISO14001):

Multisite |  Bray, Ireland |  Brno, Czech Republic |  Burchdorf, Germany |  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 |  Reynosa, Mexico |  Rhyl, U.K. |  Suzhou (CSC), PRC |  Suzhou (CSA), PRC |  Warrington, U.K.

Individual site (ISO)
Tijuana, Mexico