The Social Responsibility Department was established under the Public Relations and Brand Management Division in 2007. In 2019, the Public Relations and Brand Management Division was renamed as the Sustainability and Brand Development Division, and the Social Responsibility Department was renamed as the Sustainability Development Department. The department serves as the executive secretary to the ESG Steering Committee with dedicated staff as well as independent budget, responsible for integrating inter-departmental ESG tasks in addition to planning and carrying out ESG strategies and projects
The CSR Committee was officially formed under the Board of Directors in 2014. To demonstrate the Company's dedication to ESG and stay updated with the international trend of sustainable development, the Committee was formally renamed as the ESG Steering Committee in March 2021. The ESG Steering Committee is chaired by the Chairman of the Board, and the President serves as the Deputy Chairman. The senior management from each business group serves as members of the Committee to identify risks and opportunities relevant to environmental, social, and governance issues. Sustainability strategies are formed by integrating operations with core resources, enhancing the levels of accountability, participation, and governance of the senior management to achieve circular performance.
Communication mechanism with other functional Committees
The Company has developed a comprehensive communication mechanism for sustainable development management. In addition to the ESG Steering Committee, a Risk Management Committee and an Innovation Management Committee have been established under the Board of Directors respectively in 2015 and 2017. In August 2020, the Board of Directors became in charge of the Personal Information and Security Committee. The ESG Steering Committee reports to the two committees on issues related to business risks, social innovation and information security from time to time, in order to join hands in promoting the Company's sustainable development.