Skyworks Solutions Inc., an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, announced that it has released its 2009 Sustainability Report, a voluntary document that addresses the company’s commitment to operating under business practices that help protect the needs of future generations and minimize its environmental impact. The report also highlights improvements Skyworks has made in multiple areas, ranging from environmental to labor, health and safety, ethics and business management systems.

Since 2005, the initial reporting year, Skyworks has improved energy efficiency by 26 percent, water efficiency by 44 percent and hazardous waste efficiency by 84 percent. Carbon dioxide emissions per production unit have also decreased by 10 percent from 2005 levels, with further efficiency improvements expected in the coming years, particularly given the shift in 2009 away from manufacturing processes that use the most greenhouse gases.

At a higher level, in 2009 more than 99 percent of Skyworks’ product sold was environmentally preferred, or products that meet lead (Pb)-free and restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) standards, among a host of other global regulatory requirements. In addition, the company’s sustainability programs continue to be aligned with the multiple requirements of the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct (EICC).

“Skyworks’ 2009 Sustainability Report demonstrates that smart, sustainable business practices also make good business sense,” said Bruce J. Freyman, Skyworks’ Vice President of Worldwide Operations. “While many of our customers require their supply chain partners to maintain robust sustainability programs, Skyworks often exceeds these requirements, even as we continue to grow our business. Our goal is to ensure that we operate in a sustainable and successful manner – respecting people and the environment.”