Philosophy

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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:

  • 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 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.

2020 Objectives and Targets

Metrics, Key Performance Indicators

Economic performance

Direct economic value generated and distributed 2019 Net Revenue
    -Connectivity Solutions
    -Mobility Solutions
    -Customer Premises Equipment
    -Network & Cloud
    -Ruckus Networks
$8.35B
$2.56B
$1.75B
$2.54B
$1.08B
$0.42B
For further insight, view our 2019 Annual Report.

Environmental performance

Energy
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
897,261 GJ
315,006 MWh
20,967 MWh

Energy consumption 2019

Energy consumption by Region 2019

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 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
2019 Total

    North America (NAR)
    Caribbean and Latin America (CALA)
    Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    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
By scope
 2019 Total

      Scope 1
      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)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Scope 2019

2019 greenhouse gas emissions by region

Water Management

One CommScope achieved a 2.64% reduction in water withdrawal compared to 2018.

Total water withdrawal. By region
2019 Total

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

642,012 m3
165,722 m3
196,567 m3
229,111 m3
50,612 m3
By source
2019 Total

  Ground water
  Municipal water supply

642,012 m3
89,882 m3
552,130 m3

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

Water withdrawal by company 2019

Water withdrawal by region 2019

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.
Waste Management

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.

Beneficial Reuse of Waste (BRE)


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 2019

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region

Workforce by employment type 2019

Workforce by region 2019

Diversity

Employee Diversity 2019

Rates of injury, lost and restricted days

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

Rates of injury 2019

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

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
Delicias, Mexico
Juarez-Bermudez, Mexico
Juarez-Praderas, Mexico
Reynosa, Mexico
Tijuana, Mexico
Manaus, Brazil
Suppliers with significant risk in 2019
[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
  • Manufacturing facilities 
Internal audits — manufacturing facilities

Grievance Mechanism

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:

Americas                                    48
Asia-Pacific                              176
Europe, Middle East, Africa     16
Total                                          240

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..

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Region 2019

Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Risk 2019

Ethics

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.

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)
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

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