The sustainability of the enterprise depends on the solid foundation of operations from three aspects: economy, environment and society. It is through accumulation of realization that the energy can be accumulated for future sustainable growth. In 2017, BenQ Corporation continued to cultivate its enterprise vision “realize the truth, goodness and beauty of IT life” and steps into the four areas: L.I.F.E from 3C products via diversified operation. BenQ expects to provide better digital fashionable life, highly-efficiently enterprise operation, complete and advanced medical equipment service and educational learning with more agile applications. It also expects to lives up to its enterprise responsibility amid the pursuit of profits and growths, delivering a proactive and positive influence over the society and public.
In economic environmental aspect, the overall market dipped in 2017 due to slowed growth for the global information electronic product demand. BenQ continued the product development strategy of focusing on professional, high-end and high added-value products to respond to the market decline and volume reduction of entry-level products. Take LCD display for example, BenQ continued to focus on professional display, gaming display and large-size high-end display sales development. We lead in introducing new-generation eye-protection display technologies, combining TUV Rheinland eye-protection certification while further strengthening the leading position of eye-protection display market globally. BenQ LCD displays will continue to grow steadily toward application innovation, function differentiation and special applications. Projector sales also topped the world in the DLP segment for the ninth consecutive year. Our team continued to cultivate customer demand experience and focused on the home market with world’s leading “CinematicColor™ patented color management technology” while was also actively involved in developing business and high-end engineer application markets to continue expanding the leading position of global market share.In the economic performance segment, although the global information electronic market slightly declined in 2016 due to slowed demand growth, BenQ continued its strategy of focusing on high-end, high value- added products amid the volume reduction of low-end product market scale. Take BenQ products for examples, we continue to focus on the sales and development of high-end professional, gaming and large-size LCD displays while steadily growing our various functions, differentiation and special-application products; for projectors, we won the top spot of global DLP sales market for eight consecutive years and continued to cultivate customer demand experience, focusing on four areas: education, home, business and professional engineer model markets. In 2017 we will speed up and increase the volume of 4K high-end models, focusing on high value-added models such as dust-prevention, short-focus and super short-focus to keep our global leading position.
In product design, we had much gain in 2017. Our multiple-people wireless presenting system InstaShow won “IF Design” and “Good Design” design awards while also winning Taiwan Excellence Silver Award; BenQ W11000 flagship home theater projector won “IF Design”and“Red Dot Award” design awards; BenQ treVolo S static electricity Bluetooth speaker won “IF Design”. 55-inch 4K UHD HDR large-size eye-protection Internet LCD and 65-inch 4K UHD eye-protection large-size LCD won “Taiwan Excellence Award”; BenQ MindDuo parent-child reading lamp, SW320 professional photo retouch display and GS1 LED camping projector won “Good Design”awards. The unique design position of BenQ not only received attention from the global design field time and again, various products also won energy star certificates with consideration of environmental protection and energy preservation.
In environmental management, BenQ continues to consider overall product delivery and usage phase environmental impacts during product R&D phase such as energy saving, package reduction and easy-to-recycle designs with product life cycle thinking. With improvement of various segments, BenQ creates green products that are environmental-friendly and have lower impact on the environment to respond to stakeholder expectation. For WiT smart desk lamp, we do not use cheap plastic materials used by various competing desk lamps and adopt environmental-friendly green materials. Even for those parts requiring using plastic materials, we avoid earth-unfriendly paint-spraying method while using the most pure design to love and care for our earth to respond to the anticipation of related interest parties. BenQ also regularly received third-party validation, realizing execution of environmental management tasks while encouraging employee participation. In 2017, BenQ held an energy-preservation and waste-reduction 3R competition, advocating habits such as cherishing resources, preserving energy and reducing wastes. Hence, we can realize energy-preservation and waste-reduction as well as being environmental friendly in enterprise culture.
In social aspect, we believe talent is the company’s most important asset and the key to business growth. Therefore, BenQ strives in creating a carefree and trustworthy working environment while actively investing in diversified educational trainings to cultivate employees’ creativity and competitiveness, further accumulating the ability to continue growing for the company. In 2017, BenQ won the “isports certificate”from Sports Administration, Ministry of Education, for the second year, continuing to innovate in sports facilities and activity planning such as the popular bubble soccer, all-employee participation and personal-defense training. We even set up a high-standard Dr.B health station, offering employees with blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate cloud measurements. We also offered a comfortable showering space, providing employees with a Work Smart, Play Hard five-star working environment, realizing the “corporate social responsibility” of caring for employees.
BenQ is a brand based on human beings. We believe that design and technology should meet the true requirements of human beings to perform the best functions. If we can extend from human beings to the society, we can better deliver a fair value of the enterprise and bring positive influence over the society. Because if it matters to you, it matters to us; as such, we hope that BenQ philosophy can be further expanded to every corner of Taiwan, realizing the truth, goodness and beauty of technology life.
President & CEO of BenQ Corporation
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BenQ supports the global prohibition against the conflict minerals1 and corporates with suppliers to conduct investigation to avoid procurement of conflict minerals 2 and minerals that directly or indirectly finance for the benefits of illegal armed groups from conflict-affected regions such as DRC and adjoining countries3.
1. Research findings from international NGOs (Non-Government Organization) such as SOMO and Enough indicate that the Democratic Republic of the Congo, scene of the deadliest conflict since World War II, remains the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman or a girl—in significant part because of the international demand for electronic products that requires minerals found in the eastern Congo. Companies that produce electronics containing conflict minerals from eastern Congo have a responsibility to ensure that their business dealings are not inadvertently helping to fuel atrocities. Therefore, the Responsible BusinesAlliance (RBA) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have requested their member companies to ensure socially and environmentally responsible sourcing of minerals. Based on the requirements of customers, BenQ supports the global prohibition against the conﬂict minerals and corporates with suppliers to conduct investigation to avoid procurement of conﬂict minerals and minerals that directly or indirectly ﬁnance for the beneﬁts of illegal armed groups or to contribute to human rights abuses from conﬂict-affected regions such as DRC and adjoining countries. For the supplier conﬂict minerals investigation, BenQ has an internal audit process. For suspected supplier with related issues, BenQ will return the information to the supplier to verify. If conﬁrming that the supplier works with smelter which is not included on the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process List (RMAP List), BenQ will ask the supplier to offer a plan of working with a conformant smelter and notify the supplier of related risks.
2. Conflict minerals: Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten, Gold and Cobalt.
3. DRC and adjoining countries: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan ,Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
4. Those suppliers neither tolerate nor contribute to human rights abuses that include forced labor, child labor and environmental degradation.