Policy Influence

The Company strictly abides by Taiwan’s Political Donations Act and our internal ‘Code of Conduct.’ Illegal political donations offered either directly or indirectly to political organizations or individuals are strictly prohibited. As such, we have never incurred expenses related to political donations.

Moreover, the external environment still has many concerns about the telecom industry, including fees, electromagnetic waves, and access speed, which frequently lead to complaints and/or disputes with clients and residential communities. In addition, cable TV companies also face challenges such as program package pricing, digitization of cable TV, price rate reviews, and copyright infringement issues that negatively influence the companies’ operations and reputation. As such, companies need to advocate and clarify the public’s misunderstandings, explain their efforts, convey their stance, as well as lobby the government and governing authorities for a more benevolent operating environment. Hence, the assistance of public associations is needed in discussions between telecom and cable TV companies and the government with regards to relevant laws and regulations.

Annual contributions to and spending for political campaigns, political organizations, lobbyists or lobbying organizations, trade associations and other tax-exempt groups:

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Annual contributions (NTD) 2017 2018 2019 2020
Lobbying, interest representation or similar 0 0 0 0
Local, regional or national political campaigns / organizations / candidates 0 0 0 0
Trade associations or tax-exempt groups (e.g. think tanks) $14,148,957 $13,385,645 $15,369,553 $14,074,565
Other (e.g. spending related to ballot measures or referendums) 0 0 0 0
Total contributions and other spending $14,148,957 $13,385,645 $15,369,553 $14,074,565

Issues and Topics:

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Issue or Topic Corporate Position Description of Position / Engagement Total spend in 2020 (NTD)
Educational messaging on electromagnetic waves Support Public concern over electromagnetic waves (radiation) still exists, and research from academia cannot effectively clarify the public’s misunderstanding that such waves are harmful. This has caused irrational disputes in various locations and affected the construction of base stations by telecom companies. Hence, we shall host seminars through the TTIDA (Taiwan Telecommunication Industry Development Association), organize information sessions, and work with the media to lower such concerns. $4,000,000
Promotion of sustainable development in the ICT industry Support We serve as a member of the GeSI board, and participate in its affiliated Climate Change Committee and Industry Responsibility Committee to promote sustainable climate related practices and carry out supply chain management with leading international corporations. In 2020, we strongly supported and sponsored GeSI's Digital With Purpose(DwP) Movement. We deeply took part in developing the DwP framework and have committed to take concrete action on climate change. Also, we commit to develop and deploy digital technology with positive societal impact. Furthermore, in response to GeSI's recent focus on circular economy, we hosted the "Circular Economy Business Cases Forum" and shared our circular innovation results of experimenting with recycled waste fiber optic cables, turning waste into materials with new economic values. Besides, we participated in seminars and workshops hosted by the BCSD of Taiwan, sharing our experience in promoting sustainable practices of the ICT industry. $3,423,108

Other Large Expenditures to organizations or associations whose role is to influence political campaigns or public policy and legislation:

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WM engaged associations Description Total amount paid (NTD)
2017 2018 2019 2020
Taiwan Telecommunication Industry Development Association (TTIDA)
  • Promote quality management, R&D and innovation in telecom industry in Taiwan
  • trengthen relevant legal regulations and telecom industry environment
  • Offer comprehensive advice and consultancy for telecom industry
  • Assist in gathering and exchanging information with global telecom industry and promoting partnership
$9,000,000 $9,000,000 $8,500,000 $8,000,000
Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Its mission is to become a globally recognised thought leader, partner of choice and proactive driver of the ICT sustainability agenda as measured by the development and use of its tools, broad member base and contribution to relevant policies. $2,967,500 $2,144,188 $4,398,096 $3,303,108
Cable Broadband Institute in Taiwan (CBIT)
It is the primary association for cable TV operators in Taiwan that integrates all the available resources for the cable TV industries. $1,485,000 $1,485,000 $1,485,000 $1,485,000
21st Century Foundation
It is acting as a policy think tank with six major research and development centers, including agriculture and biotechnology, public innovation, knowledge economy and intellectual property, digital convergence, global health, cross-strait and regional peace research centers.       $550,000
Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce

It is promoting innovation and accelerated development in Taiwan’s industry and commerce, with the aim of maintaining economic sustainable growth in line with the trend of the globalization.

$330,000 $330,000 $360,000 $350,000
Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE)
It was initiated and funded by the advocates of sustainable energy in 2007, aiming to facilitate research and development of sustainable energy and promote sustainable energy infrastructure. TAISE comprises five main topics :
1. Sustainable Energy
2. Green Ecomony
3. Low Carbon Society
4. Climate Change
5. Corporate Sustainability

- - $280,000 $0
The Business Council for Sustainable Development of Taiwan
‘Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Forum’ was established by BCSD in 2008 to provide a platform for info sharing and discussion for Taiwanese enterprises, and to facilitate enterprises to undertake interdisciplinary learning, industry integration, and to participate in discussion of public policies. $120,000 $120,000 $120,000 $120,000
Cloud Computing & IoT Association in Taiwan
It aims to help domestic manufactures in the development of cloud computing industrial technology. To develop specifications and standards for Taiwan cloud technology industry, and to facilitate the communication with standard-setting organization worldwide. $95,238 $195,238 $95,238 $95,238
Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
It is to promote and cement international economic cooperation through collaboration of Taiwan’s businessmen and private business organizations with their counterparts in foreign countries. $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000
Taiwan Telematics Industry Association
TTIA is committed to integrating resources, creating added value and business opportunities, and promoting industrial standardization in order to help the telematics industry take deep roots in Taiwan and stay abreast with international developments. $40,000 - $20,000 $20,000
Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association
TEEMA is a bridge connecting the industrial arena and the government. It also collect and represent opinions of their member manufacturers for the government’s reference when it makes policies on certain issues. It were present at related meetings held by government authorities, coordinate and integrate opinions on common issues, and to have a voice in the process of government policy making. $19,048 $19,048 $19,048 $59,048
Taiwan Association of Information and Communication Standards
It is to bridge the local industry with global standard initiatives/organizations by contributing the study results or consolidated consensus, it may also develop the local standard or study report per request. $28,571 $28,571 $28,571 $28,571
Taiwan Internet and E-Commerce Association
It is dedicated to build consensus among industries and serve as two-way communication platform between the government and the private sectors; to push for a reasonable and friendly business environment for Internet and E-commerce industry. $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Taiwan Telecommunication Engineering Industry Association
TTEIA is the only statutory industry association in the ‘telecom’ business. The primary function of which is to communicate and to offer opinions to the government or supervisory entities through joint forces from enterprises throughout the industry to seek for better interests. TTEIA also serves as a bridge of communications between enterprises and the government and relays relevant laws. $3,600 $3,600 $3,600 $3,600
Total   $14,148,957 $13,385,645 $15,369,553 $14,074,565