Sustainability Highlights

Global Presence

MediaTek aspires to lead and operates with a global mindset.

The company set three development objectives, including one that highlights the company's vision on global operation and sustainable development: we aspire to uphold our distinctive world class position and become a well-respected and strategically relevant global semiconductor company.

  • Global resource pooling for R&D and operation: By recruiting talent worldwide via organic growth as well as M&A, MediaTek has built up a workforce of several thousand for R&D and operation at 27 sites in the three continents of North America, Europe, and Asia, laying a solid groundwork for MediaTek to become an excellent world-class company.
  • Pursuit of product inclusiveness and dissemination of technology: We believe that technology can improve human life and build an effective bond with the world. We have been endeavoring to connect people from all walks of lives, actively tapping emerging markets and potentials, and, in turn, facilitate exploration of opportunities worldwide with our new technologies. To meet the needs of the multilinguistic society, for instance, our mobile-phone products for the Indian market boast of over 20 dialects. Aiming for inclusiveness, our camera function presents people of different ethnicities equally well with its unique algorithm and is well-received by dark-skinned users. 
  • Improved business performance and upgraded industrial status: In 2020, with gross margin increasing by 2.1 percentage points, operating income jumped 91.5%. The company was the world's 8th largest semiconductor firm and fourth largest fabless IC design company. It hit the list of “Top 20 Best Taiwanese Global Brands” for the 6th year in a row and is the only semiconductor company on the list.
  • Active participation in standards organizations: The company has served key positions, such as chairman or editor, in working groups of various standards organization, such as 3GPP, IEEE 802.11 standards committee, and Wi-Fi Alliance, exercising its industrial influence to contribute to the world's latest technology standards.
  • Key player that drives the development of the 5G ecosystem: In addition to possession of cutting-edge products, MediaTek has joined hands with global partners, such as Ericsson, Nokia, NTT Docomo, T-mobile, Verizon, Chunghwa Telecom, and Far Eastone Telecom, in pushing 5G forward.


Innovation

MediaTek actively innovates to provide highly competitive and compelling products and services to our customers.

Of the three objectives set by the company, the first two are directly related to innovation: first, we aspire to achieve technology leadership in areas critical for business success; second, we aspire to deliver differentiated technologies, features and services, and capture the value for sustainable growth and profit. The concept of attaining sustainable growth and profit aligns with corporate social responsibility.


  • R&D as driving force: The company spent 77.3 billion NTD on R&D in 2020, up near 23% than the previous year, underscoring its resolve in retaining technological edge. 
  • Within the world's leading group for cutting-edge technology: The company updated its 5G flagship SoC to Dimensity 1000+, offering high-speed 5G connection for high-end devices and innovative multimedia, AI, and imaging technology, which underscores its industrial influence on the global market.
  • Enabler of green innovation: In 2020, MediaTek continued to launch high-performance, low energy-consumption chips, helping end products of its customers cut energy consumption by 11% than the 2019 level, which, given the amount of chip sales, led to power saving of 294 million kilowatts/hour and reduction of CO2 emission by 155,526 tons, or the carbon storage capacity of 255,269 acres of US forests in a year.
  • Acknowledgement by global authority: In 2020, 4 papers from MediaTek were accepted and subsequently published by ISSCC 2021, accumulating 83 papers in the past consecutive 18 years.
  • Accumulation of IPs: The company secured over 1,400 patents in Taiwan and abroad in 2020, the highest in the Taiwanese IC design industry, boosting the accumulated amount to over 12,000. The company also tops the Taiwanese semiconductor industry in the amount of global patents it holds in 5G communications, Wi-Fi, and HEVC.

Note: Conversion based on the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as publicly available information of the Taiwan Power Company.


Talent

MediaTek provides an environment of diversity and inclusiveness to attract global talent, with opportunities for them to unleash their potential and grow with the company.


  • Safeguarding employee health worldwide against the pandemic: The Company set up an anti-pandemic command center, instituting response procedures aligned to the standards of various countries, and adopted preemptive responses to ensure uninterrupted global operation.
  • Reinforcement of leadership competence and invigoration of the learning platform: Leadership competence was reexamined in a newly launched competence-based manager training program, and the revamped learning platform featured global sharing and co-creation, accelerating and augmenting diffusion, interaction and effectiveness of learning.
  • Follow-up on employee survey: Human Resources designed an improvement program centered on "communication" and "career development" for every business/functional unit to formulate their own improvement plans. The improvement process has also coupled with a simple pulse survey as a tool to timely measure the efficacy.
  • Continuous effort in creating a friendly work environment: The Company developed and launched an HR AI Chatbot that offers employees one-stop, real-time, and self-improving HR consultation and assistance. In response to the impact of the pandemic, corresponding regulations for attendance management and leave-taking were established, including an extension of the marriage leave by up to 2 years. Office environment saw small but steady improvement this year with the institution of laboratory safety, provision of ergonomic chairs, and beautification of pantries and copy rooms.

Note: Full-time non-managerial employees are all employees excluding the Board of Directors and key managers.


Corporate Governance

MediaTek has adopted corporate governance practices to reflect our strong commitment to protecting stakeholder interests.


  • Adoption of the “Board Diversity Policy” and establishment of the “M&A Strategy Committee”: To enhance corporate governance and the Board’s diversity, the Board of Directors passed a “Board Diversity Policy,” in which the members of the Board should have diversified backgrounds and perspectives. Furthermore, the Board also established a Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Strategy Committee to provide preliminary analysis and evaluation of M&A deals to the Audit Committee and the Board. 
  • Reinforcement of information security mechanisms: The Company has continued to take inventory of important documents and technologies, as well as reinforce the protection of key technologies and enhance the effectiveness of the company's cyber security measures and information security programs. 
  • Risk Management Committee: To enhance risk management and corporate governance, and thereby achieving sustainable development as the highest goal of corporate operation, the Company established the “Risk Management Policy and Procedure” and the Risk Management Committee in 2020 for the initiation and coordination of risk-management projects. At the early stage of its work, the Committee completed two risk-management training sessions to raise awareness among business and function units. Subsequently, those business and functional units started planning for risk identification, analysis, response, and mitigation measures.


Environmental Management

We ensure responsible supply chain management by reducing our environmental impact where possible, encouraging suppliers to work together on issues relating to climate change.

  • Local procurement: The company's local purchase value exceeds 150 billion NTD, driving growth of local semiconductor industry.
  • Responsible supply chain: In line with UN SDGs, MediaTek continued to hold Supplier Forums, encouraging supply-chain partners to reduce carbon intensity by 2% a year and set up targets on renewable energy. In 2020, MediaTek purchased 20 renewable-energy certificates (20,000 kWh), equivalent to reduction of 10 metric tons CO2e emission. Through a value-added program, MediaTek also endorsed in education of the disadvantaged with the EDUpower Quality Label, in the hopes of inspiring supply-chain partners to emulate its aggressive climate actions. The company also awards excellent suppliers at supplier conferences, acknowledging their performance in dealing with the challenge of climate change.
  • External verification for carbon reporting: MediaTek completed ISO 14064 International Standard for GHG Emissions Inventories and Verification at all sites in Taiwan, leveling up its greenhouse-gas reporting and reduction. In 2021, ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard is planned to be introduced into the management system.
  • Dedication to energy conservation and carbon abatement: At full capacity, our 3 energy-efficient, high-density datacenters saves 20.3 million kWh of power a year. The current rooftop solar power system generated 200,000 kWh of power in 2020; evaluation for setting up a second one is underway. The new office building employs 100% high-performance LED lighting, and gradual upgrades are ongoing in other office buildings, substituting LED for fluorescent tubes. In cooperation with the local Bureau of Environmental Protection, the company was the first in Hsinchu Science Park to install recycle machines. It also offers inter-building e-shuttle service and integrated its own IoT chip products into the meeting-room system to save energy.


Community Engagement

MediaTek aspires to be involved through our core capabilities to empower the community with science education and innovative technological applications.

The company has been dedicated to cultivation of talent in the field of science and technology as well as digital social innovation. Over the past 20 years, the company has invested 1.8 billion NTD for the cause.


  • Talent cultivation: MediaTek has been collaborating with the academia and has supported their talent cultivation over the years. Our collaborative efforts include joint establishment of innovative research centers on campus, industry-university collaboration on specific projects, participation in academic research institutes, recruitment of talented professors from overseas, provision of scholarships for domestic and overseas doctoral students, and partnerships with at least 19 universities in Taiwan and abroad.
  • Call for social innovation: MediaTek held its 3rd "Genius for Home: MediaTek Digital Social Innovation Campaign," which received 418 innovative solutions to make communities better in Taiwan. We also supported teams from previous years in rolling out their plans.
  • Support for science education: To fill the gap in learning resoures, MediaTek has been supporting STEMNote education for many years. In response to the demand for programming teachers brought by 2019 Grade 1-12 curriculum guidelines, MediaTek has collaborated with 9 municipalities to establish a pool of programming teachers. Since 2011, we have subsidized selected elementary school science projects with the National Taiwan Science Education Center. In tandem with the National Science Fair 2020, MediaTek encouraged and facilitated nearly 4,000 elementary-school teachers and students in expanding their science learning experience, 40% of slots reserved for schools in remote and disadvantaged communities in order to narrow the urban-rural divide.
  • Social services: MediaTek has been actively taking part in social services and social engagement, including public education, industrial development, society and humanities, with the number of beneficiaries exceeding 10,000 in 2020.        

Note: STEM refers to the four major fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.