We strive to make things better. Whether it’s for our company and employees, our environment, or the communities we serve, we are committed to giving back.
Our Sustainability Mission
Our purpose extends beyond our products. Our business is built on the power of Silicon Carbide and the innovative possibilities unleashed by the technology. Always at the forefront of technology revolutions, we serve as a catalyst for driving change that transforms our communities, industries, and our world by powering more and consuming less.
We release an annual report to disclose our initiatives, goals and performance in the areas of Social Responsibility, Environment, Economic and Corporate Governance. Learn how we’re enhancing economic value for ourselves and our customers, supporting our people and communities and protecting our environment.
2022 Sustainability Report
Past Sustainability Reports
Health & Safety
Our products are innovatively designed and undergo various testing to ensure that the health and safety of our customers is not negatively impacted. Our Occupational Health and Safety and wellness programs ensure the health and safety of our employees and contractors. Learn More
Health & Safety
Providing a safe and healthful work environment is paramount to our success and protects our most valuable resource, our employees.
Establish a certified Occupational Health & Safety Management System for 100% of our manufacturing sites by 2025.
We believe that many societal disadvantages can be overcome with adequate resources and support so that all are free to pursue and achieve a productive, fulfilling life. We partner with municipalities, civic organizations, and advocacy groups to close the opportunity gap and provide those in need the opportunity to excel. Learn More
Close the opportunity gap by providing more opportunities for STEM education, at all levels, to people in need, particularly in underserved communities.
Establish STEM partnerships at 100% of our major locations by 2025.
Processes that Protect the Environment, Products that Improve it
We strive to minimize resource use and reduce the environmental impact of our production process. We are committed to responsibly managing environmental impacts, including being in compliance with environmental legislation as a minimum, and ensuring continual improvement in our environmental performance. Our product sustainability goals are simple: enable our customers to invent power and wireless systems for a responsible, energy efficient future. We are committed to responsibly managing our products from cradle to grave as we lead the innovation and commercialization of Silicon Carbide and gallium nitride.
- Environment, Health, and Safety Policy
- Product End of Life
- Circular Economy
Environment, Health, and Safety Policy
We endorse and adhere to Environment, Health, and Safety (EH&S) standards for all of our sites. It is our EH&S goal to design and develop products safely, that realize energy efficiency, minimize environmental impacts, and have sustainable life cycles. In this manner, the Company is continuously improving our EH&S performance and reducing the overall impacts of our manufacturing processes. To further ensure that we can implement such standards, we are dedicated to:
- providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees;
- complying with regulatory and other requirements;
- using natural resources, energy, and materials efficiently;
- substituting sustainable resources in place of non-renewable resources;
- reusing or recycling materials wherever technically possible and economically reasonable;
- minimizing waste and disposing of waste safely and responsibly;
- sourcing raw material responsibly;
- implementing specific measures to prevent and minimize hazards to humans; and the environment including pollution prevention; and
- consulting with and encouraging the participation of workers and workers’ representatives, as applicable.
Energy & GHG Emissions
We are committed to reducing energy usage and GHG emissions. Learn More
Actively fight against climate change and reduce our and others’ carbon footprint; Stay efficient, stay productive. Be a company that makes a difference for future generations.
Reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030. Achieve net zero scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2050.*
*We also established a long-term goal of reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement to further reduce our climate impact in support of limiting warming to 1.5°C and transitioning to a net-zero carbon economy.
We strive for proper water use management practices at all of our sites. Learn More
Ensure sustainable and efficient use of water across all sectors. Become a leader in addressing water scarcity.
Increase water recycling rate by 25% by 2025.
Learn how we manage our hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. Learn More
Be a company that directs to zero waste through waste reduction and recycling.
Achieve 85% waste diversion rate from landfill by 2025.
Responsible Business Practices, Innovating for a Better Future
Our organization operates at the highest ethical standards and actively manages risks inside and outside of the organization to ensure long-term financial performance. We adhere to the policies outlined in the Code of Conduct and requires our suppliers to adhere to strict social and environmental standards, as described in our Supplier Code of Conduct.
Learn more about our material sourcing and supplier selection requirements. Learn More
Assess suppliers on social and environmental risks to strengthen partnerships with those with best practices.
Evaluate ESG risks and opportunities for 100% of suppliers on our Approved Supplier List by 2025.
We strive to have diverse suppliers in our supply chain. Learn More
Improve resiliency through our diversity efforts and reduce inequalities across our supply chain.
Achieve >5% supply chain spend from diverse suppliers by 2025.
Absolute Commitment to Integrity and Transparency
Our Board of Directors sets high standards for our employees, officers and directors. We are committed to transparency of our sustainability information and data.
We have established a formal Enterprise Risk Management program in order to identify, assess, prioritize, and manage key enterprise risks. Learn More
Use a defined and concise method to easily gather the data needed to evaluate sustainability risks.
Complete 3 risk plans/year under our Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program by 2025.
We strive to be transparent and provide our sustainability disclosures. Learn More
Actively and continuously work to improve our disclosures and ratings through major reporting frameworks to drive continuous improvement efforts.
Achieve a score of B or better on all CDP surveys by 2025*.
*Applicable to relevant surveys for Wolfspeed (climate change, water security, supplier engagement).
Introduced first blue LED
Began recycling process water at Durham headquarters
Initiated a wastewater pre-treatment system on site at headquarters
Launched Cree LED City Program
Launched Cree LED University Program
Began reclaiming solvent waste
Completed LED lighting upgrade for facilities
LED breaks 300 lumens/watt barrier
Began reclaiming organic chemical waste
Completed first company-wide GHG emissions assessment
Published EHS Policy
Our major manufacturing sites become ISO 14001 certified
First Submission of GHG Emissions to CDP
Published sustainability section of website
Began composting at headquarters’ cafeteria
Joined EP100 and pledged to double our energy productivity in terms of lumens produced by our products per kWh consumed in manufacturing by 2020
Began estimating our Scope 3 GHG emissions for the first time
Our Huizhou facility installed a new water recycle system, which recycles approximately 200,000 gallons of water per day.
Achieved EP100 goal for lighting products
Added electric vehicle charging stations at headquarters
All of our major manufacturing sites become certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard
Our North Carolina manufacturing sites become members of the NC Environmental Stewardship Initiative
Our first intern program welcomed 50 students from colleges across the nation
Added electric vehicle charging stations at our Research Triangle Park (NC) site
Began conducting our first formal employee engagement survey
Launched our first Employee Resource Group, the Women's Initiative.
Our EV chargers used by employees during 2018 avoided 7,480 kg of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to planting 192 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.
Our North Carolina facilities achieved a goal to reduce solid waste to landfill by 10%. We reduced our average solid waste to landfill from 55.0% to 44.3% from 2016 to 2018.
Hosted an Earth Day event at our headquarters
Our 2019 Internship Program welcomed 122 enthusiastic and intelligent college students. From 2018 to 2019, we more than doubled the intern population, extended the program internationally and increased the diversity rate by 25%
Our North Carolina manufacturing sites rose to the Rising Steward level in the NC Environmental Stewardship Initiative program
Hosted our first Inclusion & Diversity Conference for employees at our North Carolina facilities
Launched first English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
Developed a new EP100 goal to double our energy productivity in terms of revenue per MWh of energy consumed in manufacturing by 2040.
As a result of various energy efficiency projects, our Huizhou factory’s electricity consumption decreased by 20% from 2014 to 2019.
Our Huizhou facility reduced its water consumption rate for production by 64% from 2014 to 2019.
Made the list of Bloomberg’s 50 Companies to Watch in 2020
Made Barron’s List of The 100 Most Sustainable Companies
Launched our second Employee Resource Group, the PRIDE group
Donated 20,000 KN95 masks to Duke University Health System, a local hospital near our headquarters
Donated $3.5M for the Wolfspeed Scholarship program and the Dr.John Edmond and Dr.John Palmour Endowed Faculty Chairs to expand STEM opportunities at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
We disclosed our water-related information to CDP Water Security for the first time
Donated $4M to N.C. A&T University, a historically black university (HBCU), to establish the Wolfspeed Endowed Scholars Program to support students in STEM
Launched new ERGs, Black Hispanic Latinx (BHL) and Veterans Pact
A total 42 of our employees completed our Technician Certification Program in 2020
Launched our Mental Health Allies Employee Resource Group
Participated in Wake Tech collaboration that aimed to increase minority women in STEM careers in Wake County, North Carolina
Received 2021 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards for the project of the year for our Marcy, NY Fab
Launched our Matching Gifts Program
Completed a pioneering study with the Biophysical Economics Institute, demonstrating the superior performance of Silicon Carbide vs. traditional silicon semiconductor devices in electric vehicles
Developed our first corporate-wide sustainability goals.