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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 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:
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.
|Direct economic value generated and distributed||2018 Net Revenue
|For further insight, view our 2018 Annual Report.|
|Energy consumption within the organization – total fuel consumption from non-renewable sources.||2018 Total Fuel
| 452,865 GJ
|Energy consumption within the organization – total electricity, heating, cooling and steam.||2018 Total Electricity and Heating||897,261 GJ|
Energy consumption (gigajoules [GJ])
In 2018, CommScope achieved 5% reduction against 2016 baseline.
|Total direct (Scope 1) and energy indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas emissions.||By region
Europe, Middle East, Africa
224,322 m.t. CO2e
111,116 m.t. CO2e
96,942 m.t. CO2e
16,264 m.t. CO2e
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)
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.
|Total water withdrawal.||By region
Europe, Middle East, Africa
Municipal water supply
Total water withdrawal by source (cubic meters [m3])
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.
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.
|Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region||More than 25,000 employees in 2018|
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region
Workforce by region
Workforce by employment type
Employee diversity by gender
Employee diversity by age group
|Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and number of work-related fatalities.||Injury rate by region
Europe, Middle East, Africa
|Lost and restricted workday rate
Rates of injury, lost and restricted days
Injury rate by region
Total lost and restricted workday rate
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
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 2018||Goa, India
|Suppliers with significant risk in 2018
[countries and percentage of total CommScope Supply Chain worldwide]
|Control measures||Company policies
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:
There were no incidents of child labor found.
Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Region
Supplier Sustainability Assessments by Identified Risk Levels
|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.|
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 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)
Apodaca, Mexico | Austin, TX. U.S. | Beijing, China | Ft. Lauderdale, FL, U.S. | Horsham, PA, U.S. | Kowloon, Hong Kong | Lisle, IL, U.S. | Lowell, MA, U.S. | San Diego, CA, U.S. | Santa Clara, CA, U.S. | Shenzhen, China | Suwanee, GA, U.S. | Tijuana, Mexico | Wokingham, U.K.
Multisite (TL – 151045.045)
Ashburn, VA, U.S. | Buchdorf, Germany | Catawba, NC, U.S. | 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 | Richardson, TX, U.S. | Reynosa, Mexico | Shakopee, MN, U.S. | Suzhou (CSA), China | Suzhou (CSC), China
Multisite (ISO – 111045.000)
Bangalore, India | Beaverton, OR, U.S. | Belfast, U.K. | Cork, Ireland | Horsham, PA, U.S. | Linkoping, Sweden | Lisle, IL, U.S. | Lowell, MA, U.S. | Melbourne, Australia | Saltaire, U.K. | San Diego, CA, U.S. | Santa Clara, CA, U.S. | Shanghai, China | Shenzhen (ARRIS), China | Shenzhen (RUCKUS), China | Suwanee, GA, U.S. | Sunnyvale, CA, U.S. | Taipei City, Taipei | Tijuana, Mexico | Wallingford, CT, U.S.
Multisite (ISO – 111045.045)
Agrate, Italy | Bangalore (ADC), India | Bangalore (CS), India | Bodelwyddan, U.K. | Bray, Ireland | Brno, Czech Republic | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Catawba, NC, U.S. | Chelmsford, MA, U.S. | Guildford, U.K. | Kessel-Lo, Belgium | Malton, U.K. | Pardubice, Czech Republic | Richardson, TX, U.S. | Warrington, U.K.
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)
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)