Environment

Safeguarding the environment

 

We take necessary measures to protect the environment, conserve energy and natural resources, and prevent pollution by applying appropriate management practices and technology. The scope of our environmental management system extends far beyond what is typically found in an ISO14001:2015 system, including such elements as product environmental compliance and e-waste management. As part of our management system, we also have an Environmental Health and Safety Policy.

Our environmental management approach is intended to make all aspects of our business environmentally responsible and to avoid or mitigate negative impacts while helping our customers do the same. The following sustainability metrics are tracked and documented at the facility and corporate level: energy consumption, CO2e emissions, water withdrawn, water discharged, recycled water, total waste generation and disposal.

Key Achievements
2018 Report

 

+1.4

 

million

 

We reduced total water withdrawn by more than 1.4 million cubic meters as compared to the previous year. 

 

 

 

+30MW

 

We used more than 30MW of renewable energy on our sites across the globe, marking an increase of 5.6 MW from the previous year.

 

 

 

1.9

 

million

 

Flex Energy Solutions manufactured PV modules and solar trackers that produced the power equivalent of the energy required to run 1.9 million homes.

 

 

 

~80,000

80,000 employees from 61 sites in 21 countries participated in more than 260 initiatives during our two-week Earth Day Challenge 2017.

 

 

 

63,299

We abated 63,299 tonnes of Scope 3 CO2 emissions through Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) Certificates from the Clean Development Mechanism from projects in India and China.

 

 

+43,000

 

tonnes

 

We reduced our Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions through our energy management program.

 

Our 2020 Journey
Progress Status

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GOAL

STATUS

Decrease CO2 emissions

Increase use of renewable energy

Decrease water consumption

Increase water recycling

Increase waste diversion rate

Increase the number of powered homes equivalent

Decrease cost of electricity to the grid vs. fossil fuels


Materials management 


We comply with material requirements and are vigilant about product content. Flex adheres to all laws, regulations and customer requirements regarding prohibition or restriction of specific substances in products and manufacturing, including labeling for recycling and disposal. Chemicals and other hazardous materials are identified and managed to ensure safe handling, movement, storage, use, recycling or reuse and disposal.

Flex has developed a full material compliance process that focuses on customer, regulatory and Flex requirements. We collect full material content information to calculate compliance as the restricted substance landscape continues to shift, thereby avoiding the need to collect new compliance certifications from suppliers as regulations change. In addition, Flex has its own specification of hazardous substances to ensure we control the chemicals used in our manufacturing processes.

Water management

As defined in our Flex 20 by 2020 environmental goals, we’re committed to reducing water usage in our operations through water recycling programs. We’re also focusing on water recycling and treatment efforts across our sites globally, including our water treatment facilities in China and Mexico. Our facilities in Turkey and Ukraine collect rainwater that is then used in those sites for gardening or in the cooling systems.

Flex reports to the CDP’s Climate Change and Water Security which helps businesses and institutional investors better understand the risks and opportunities related to water scarcity.

 

Energy management

Flex has an energy management strategy that involves the development and implementation of energy reduction best practices, on-site energy generation through solar panels, buying energy from renewable sources, and replacing and installing LED light fixtures on sites around the world.

From 2013 to 2017, Flex has replaced and installed more than 110,000 LED light fixtures manufactured by Flex Lightning Solutions in 13 countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine and U.S.). These changes resulted in the reduction of more than 75,000,000 kWh/year*, which could power more than 7,000 homes for one year. This global project helped Flex reduce CO2 emissions around 56,000 per year.

* Assuming 50 weeks per year, six days per week and 24 hours per day

Flex reports to the CDP Climate Change Program, an internationally recognized system that facilitates greenhouse gas emission and energy consumption analysis. We have installed solar panels at our facilities in China, Mexico and Austria to generate electricity on-site, enabling energy savings and CO2 emissions avoidance.

Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are tracked and documented at a facility and corporate level. Energy reduction programs are in place to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

The use of resources, including water and energy, and the subsequent generation of waste is reduced at the source through sustainable practices, such as modifying production, optimizing maintenance and facility processes, improving materials substitution and conservation and recycling and re-using materials.

Scrap and waste management

Flex manages and disposes of scrap and waste materials in a way that is consistent with social, environmental, legal and ethical considerations. In line with our Flex scrap policy, a new process was developed to systematically control measure and capture scrap and waste inventory, shipping and financial transactions. Four locations across Malaysia, Mexico and U.S. have already deployed this new process. In phase one we expanded this process to six locations in Malaysia, India, Mexico, and the US, and we plan to start implementing the program worldwide in 2018.

This global program directly increases our waste diversion rate, which is one of our Flex 20 by 2020 environmental goals.            

 

Global scrap and waste management playbook

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We work to advance circular economy through material reuse and recycling.

Global services and solutions

Flex Global Services and Solutions (GSS) offers value-added fulfillment, service parts logistics and returns, repair and recovery. Repair is critical for the Circular Economy. If this is unsuccessful, then the item is recycled and recovered for another use. We have two sites that carry out this operation, Sinctronics in Brazil, and our site in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Sinctronics

In response to the Brazilian National Waste Solid Policy, the Sinctronics Green IT Innovation Center, a Flex subsidiary, was launched in 2012. It transforms various waste streams into raw material that can be used to manufacture new products. This restorative and regenerative methodology is one of the key examples of a new economic sector, known as the Circular Economy. The company is turning a daunting social problem into a lucrative market opportunity.Their services span innovation and technology, reverse logistics, recycling, and education and inclusion. Sinctronics is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 Brazil and is R2 certified since 2016.

Aguascalientes, Mexico recycling program

In 1997, Aguascalientes developed a recycling program to protect the environment and minimize landfill. Recycling capabilities include flexible lay-outs to incorporate new materials to be processed, material separation, optimization of water and energy resource use, and protecting the environment through each step of disassembly, separation, cleaning and pallet heat treatment. The site is also researching and developing innovative recycling solutions, such as a special tooling solution to improve the recuperation of high-value materials, like copper recovery through new peeling tool, silver pin recovery and aluminum special tool recovery. The site is R2 certified since 2014.

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