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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:
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.
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.
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.
|Direct economic value generated and distributed||2019 Net Revenue
-Customer Premises Equipment
-Network & Cloud
|For further insight, view our 2019 Annual Report.|
|Energy consumption within the organization – total fuel consumption from non-renewable sources.||2019 Total Fuel||114,339 MWh|
|Energy consumption within the organization – total electricity, heating, cooling and steam from non-renewable and renewable sources.||2019 Total Electricity and Heating
- From non-renewable sources
- From renewable sources
In 2019, legacy CommScope met its 2020 reduction goal for absolute GHG emissions and achieved a 25.13% reduction compared to the 2016 baseline; and achieved a 19.66% reduction in normalized GHG emissions compared to the 2016 baseline.
One CommScope achieved a 2.75% GHG emissions reduction compared to 2018.
|Total direct (Scope 1) and energy indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas emissions.||By region
North America (NAR)
Caribbean and Latin America (CALA)
Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
209,141 m.t. CO2e
83,843 m.t. CO2e
27634 m.t. CO2e
81,806 m.t. CO2e
15,859 m.t. CO2e
Scope 2 (market-based)
209,141 m.t. CO2e
72,139 m.t. CO2e
137,002 m.t. CO2e
Total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (metric tons CO2e)
One CommScope achieved a 2.64% reduction in water withdrawal compared to 2018.
|Total water withdrawal.||By region
North America (NAR)
Caribbean and Latin America (CALA)
Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
Municipal water supply
Total water withdrawal by source (cubic meters [m3])
|Total number and volume of significant spills.
||There were no significant spills or releases recorded at CommScope facilities in 2019.|
|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.
Beneficial Reuse of Waste (BRE) Target: Increase beneficial reuse (BRE) of non-hazardous waste to 96 percent by the end of 2019.
In 2019, One CommScope diverted 83% 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. In 2018 and 2019, CommScope’s plastic recycling efforts were impacted by China’s import policies. Also, rise in fiber optic cable production influenced recycling options in waste products and contributed to lower BRE.
|Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region||More than 30,000 employees in 2019|
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region
Target: Achieve a global Injury Rate (IR) of 0.37.
In 2019, One CommScope achieved a global injury rate of 0.35, 75% below the U.S. OSHA industry rate of 1.4 and 5.4% below its 2019 target of 0.37.
|Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and number of work-related fatalities.||2019 Injury rate||0.35|
|Lost and restricted (days away) rate||13.77|
|2019 Work-related fatalities||Zero|
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
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.
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.
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.
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 2019||Goa, India
|Suppliers with significant risk in 2019
|Control measures||Company policies
Responsible Sourcing program
Supplier Selection and Evaluation program
This program includes supplier risk assessments (including Supplier Sustainability Survey) and on-site audits.
New and existing suppliers assessed in 2019:
Europe, Middle East, Africa 16
100% of new legacy CommScope suppliers were screened. Overall, 240 suppliers were screened in 2019, of which, 12% of suppliers were new. After completing the 2019 audit process, a total of 2% of suppliers were identified as high-risk. For active high-risk suppliers, follow-up audits have been planned for early 2020, utilizing an escalation process where necessary. There were no incidents of child labor found..
Significant Risk Identification and Non-compliance
100% of CommScope’s 22 business units were analyzed each quarter in 2019 for ethical risk, including corruption. No significant risks were identified regarding corruption.
Separately, CommScope did not identify any significant non-compliance with the applicable environmental, social and economic laws and/or regulations in 2019.
CommScope did not receive any substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy.
CommScope is not aware of any identified leaks, thefts, or losses of customer data in 2019.
We celebrate our company’s recognitions from a variety of respected organizations and publications. View the list of award-winning CommScope professionals and solutions.
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.
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 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.
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.
CommScope maintains a variety of certifications based on four widely accepted industry standards.
To view a specific certification, select your preferred facility location:
Multisite (TL – 151045.000)
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. | Ft. Lauderdale, FL, U.S. | Fuquay-Varina, NC, U.S. | Goa, India | Greensboro, NC, U.S. | Hickory, NC, U.S. | Horsham, PA, U.S. | Joliet, IL, 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 | Beaverton, OR, U.S. | 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, Belgium | Linkoping, Sweden | Lisle, 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
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)
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)