SIA has successfully pursued many key policy objectives through participation in the World Semiconductor Council (WSC). The WSC is composed of executives from SIA members companies, as well as counterparts in China, Chinese Taipei, Europe, Korea, and Japan. [DOWNLOAD THE MAY 2016 WSC JOINT STATEMENT]
The Governments/Authorities Meeting on Semiconductors (GAMS) is comprised of officials from the US Government and officials representing all WSC regions, and convenes once a year to receive the WSC's recommendations and take action.
Since its inception in 1996, the WSC has worked to advance a number of trade issues, including:
- Support for intellectual property protection;
- Full transparency of government policies and regulations;
- Non-discrimination for foreign products in all markets;
- Voluntary and industry-led standards;
- An end to investment restrictions tied to technology transfer requirements; and
- Zero duties on semiconductor products, including multi-chip packages (MCPs) and multi-component integrated circuits (MCOs).
Additionally, the WSC leads an active environmental program. Our goal is to support sound, scientifically based, positive environmental policies and practices. Specific projects include PFC emission reduction, energy savings, chemical management, and quantitative targets. We have met or exceeded our targets every year. On energy savings, the WSC is actively supporting cooperation and the sharing of information among members to foster the efficient utilization of energy resources. Chemical management is also a key focus of WSC efforts - specifically in the areas of chemical risk assessment and pollution prevention.
For more information on the WSC visit, http://www.semiconductorcouncil.org, and below is a video commemorating the WSC's 20th anniversary: