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Case study: How PEGATRON promotes information security

Founded in 2008, PEGATRON is a global leader in DMS (Design, Manufacturing and Service), offering assembly service to customers on a wide range of electronic products in computer products, communication products and consumer electronics. As an excellent partner in green design, manufacturing and service for its customers, protecting customers’ privacy and intellectual property is regarded as a very important duty in PEGATRON  Tweet This!.

This case study is based on the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report by PEGATRON published on the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Disclosure Database that can be found at this link. Through all case studies we aim to demonstrate what CSR/ ESG/ sustainability reporting done responsibly means. Essentially, it means: a) identifying a company’s most important impacts on the environment, economy and society, and b) measuring, managing and changing.

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To show its determination towards information protection for the products, assets and data of its customers, PEGATRON’s CEO approved its Confidentiality Policy in 2010, to make sure that all information about the products and data of customers is kept confidential. In order to promote information security PEGATRON took action to:

  • establish an enterprise level security information task force
  • provide training

What are the material issues the company has identified?

In its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report PEGATRON identified a range of material issues, such as economic performance, environmental compliance, labour/management relations, ethics and integrity, effluents and waste. Among these, promoting information security stands out as a key material issue for PEGATRON.

Stakeholder engagement in accordance with the GRI Standards                                                    

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) defines the Principle of Stakeholder Inclusiveness when identifying material issues (or a company’s most important impacts) as follows:

“The reporting organization shall identify its stakeholders, and explain how it has responded to their reasonable expectations and interests.”

Stakeholders must be consulted in the process of identifying a company’s most important impacts and their reasonable expectations and interests must be taken into account. This is an important cornerstone for CSR / sustainability reporting done responsibly.

Key stakeholder groups PEGATRON engages with:

Stakeholder Group                Method of engagement
Customer

 

·      Supplier Conferences

·      Customer Audits

·      Regular Meetings

·      RBA-Online

·      Customer Websites/Platforms

Employee ·      Regular Meetings

·      Internal Website

·      Internal Publications

·      Announcements

·      Grievance Box

·      Coff­ee Talks

·      Hotlines

·      Labour-Management Meetings

Investor ·      Monthly Business Reports

·      Shareholders’ Meetings

·      Investor Conferences

·      Annual Reports

·      Market Observation Post System (MOPS)

Supplier

 

·      Supplier Conferences

·      Supplier Audits

·      Supplier Relationship Management

·      External Communication Mailbox

·      RBA-Online

Community ·      External Communication Mailbox
Competitor ·      Conferences
Government ·      Public Hearings on Policy

·      Questionnaires & Interviews

·      Projects and Initiatives

·      Conferences

Media

 

 

·      Press Conferences

·      Press Releases

·      External Communication Mailbox

NGO ·      Participate Organisations

·      Conferences

·      External Communication Mailbox

How stakeholder engagement was made to identify material issues

To identify and prioritise material topics PEGATRON collected stakeholders’ suggestions through questionnaires.

What actions were taken by PEGATRON to promote information security?

In its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report PEGATRON reports that it took the following actions for promoting information security:

  • Establishing an enterprise level security information task force
  • To meet customers’ requirements for information security, and protect customers’ privacy and intellectual property, PEGATRON has established an enterprise level security information task force for governing the data, reduce the risk level and meet its customer needs. PEGATRON rigorously reviews data, business application, the operation system, intranet, extranet, physical environment, procedures & policy and carries out complete control when creating an account, requiring a password, applying and setting the access authority, applying an ID, limiting log in authority, recording audit records and getting multiple certifications. For the actual construction and building protection of information assets, PEGATRON controls the security in all accesses strictly and implements the Disaster Recovery System. Additionally, PEGATRON implements the structure of the high-availability system to ensure information continuity. PEGATRON uses an encryption system to protect and control the access authority for confidential and sensitive documents, and also adopts an encryption and private communication protocol to ensure the confidentiality of important data.
  • Providing training
  • In addition to periodical backup, PEGATRON implements a remote backup mechanism to ensure the completeness of data preservation. To enhance the awareness of security for all relevant personnel, PEGATRON not only propagates information security and confidentiality periodically, but also carries out relevant customised training programmes for different personnel, according to their operations. These include security operation concept introduction, standard operating procedure introduction, crime prevention and compliance with the security policy. Moreover, employees whose operations are related to confidential information need to sign confidentiality agreements, and have the obligation of accepting information security audits. To ensure the effectiveness of the information security management system, PEGATRON conducts internal audits annually, to meet customer requirements. Through continuous improvement and the reduction of threats posed by information security incidents and impacts, PEGATRON had no breach of any customer’s privacy in 2018.

Which GRI Standards and corresponding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been addressed?

The GRI Standard addressed in this case is: Disclosure 418-1 Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data

Disclosure 418-1 Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data corresponds to:

 

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References:

1) This case study is based on published information by PEGATRON, located at the link below. For the sake of readability, we did not use brackets or ellipses. However, we made sure that the extra or missing words did not change the report’s meaning. If you would like to quote these written sources from the original, please revert to the original on the Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Disclosure Database at the link:

http://database.globalreporting.org/

2) https://www.globalreporting.org/standards/gri-standards-download-center/

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