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Pandemic Response Unit and Responsible Person

In January 2020, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the establishment of the "Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) for Severe and Special Infectious Pneumonia". The Company's Environmental, Health and Safety Committee paid close attention to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepared relevant countermeasures in accordance with the Company's "Epidemic Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan". On January 23, 2020, the Head Office and the plant emergency response teams were established, with the Chairman serving as the commander, and the Environmental Safety Department responsible for coordinating all pandemic prevention work and resource allocation. Each responsible unit regularly reports on the status and handling of each plant and prepares for possible business interruptions in the event of a severe pandemic situation, in order to control and reduce the impact of the pandemic on the Company's operations.

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Plant Responsible Person

  • Command and coordinate the pandemic prevention work at the plant.
  • Set up the pandemic prevention and response teams to carry out pandemic prevention work (including medical tracking group, information integration group, prevention control group, and protective equipment group).

Medical Tracking Group Group Leader

  • Notification window of government's Health Bureau
  • Provide information and answer inquiries
  • Tracking of individuals with suspected symptoms and home quarantine cases

Protective Equipment Group Group Leader

  • Purchase of masks
  • Purchase of ear thermometers, forehead thermometers, and ear muffs
  • Purchase of gloves, alcohol and cotton balls
  • Other necessary equipment

Information Integration Group Group Leader

  • External information collection
  • Integrate the information of employees in each plant
  • Compile and report daily information

Prevention Control Group Group Leader

  • Conduct visitor control
  • Perform employee and visitor temperature measurement
  • Schedule regular disinfection of public areas
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Pandemic Management and Response Executio

Normal management|No confirmed cases in the area (province/city) where the plant is located.

  1. Establish an emergency response team for epidemic infectious diseases to coordinate prevention efforts and resource allocation.
  2. Use video or telephone conferencing to reduce direct contact with customers and suppliers.
  3. Promote proper epidemic prevention concepts to employees.
  4. Prepare external communication for customers, suppliers, and shareholders.
  5. Control access to the plant and office.
  6. Restrict external visits to the plant.
  7. Identify existing customers, suppliers, and shareholders who may be affected by the epidemic infectious diseases.
  8. Identify alternative vendors for critical services, components, or products.
  9. IT department to assess remote work requirements and ensure that systems have the appropriate capacity to allow employees to work remotely at the same time.
  10. Revise personnel management regulations, such as flexible work arrangements, remote work, out-of-country business travel, recall of employees from infected areas, and self-quarantine management.
  11. Register employees in the infected area for their return to Taiwan or return to the plant for self-health management, and confirm that they are not ill before going to work.
  12. Ensure that the workplace is equipped with sufficient medical supplies, hand sanitizers, and cleaning products.
  13. Establish employee health monitoring mechanism for employees who are sick or have been in contact with patients.
  14. Confirm the laws and regulations on flexible working hours, job rotation training, and labor contracts for sick employees.

Countermeasures

Pandemic Prevention 360

In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, Walsin Lihwa set up a company-wide pandemic prevention and response center, initiated the "Business Continuity Management Plan for Pandemic Prevention", and formulated "pandemic prevention measures" in accordance with the government's pandemic prevention policy. The company organized a complete protection network for employee healthcare to ensure 360-degree protection for every employee.

A letter was sent to employees from the Chairman, Vice Chairman, and President to explain the company's response measures and to maintain a stable work morale.

▲ 2020/12/14 Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-Che visited the Yenshui Plant to show his concern for migrant workers' pandemic prevention and care.

Healthcare

Cooperation among employees to protect the health each other

During the epidemic period, the Head Office's Epidemic Prevention Command Center kept track of the epidemic situation and epidemic prevention materials at each plant, assisted in the deployment of epidemic prevention materials, and canceled large events and gatherings. During the period of severe pandemic, regional job rotations and some remote work were initiated to ensure the safety of employees and to maintain the company's operation.

In addition, the environmental safety and health, human resources, and plant affairs units at each plant in Taiwan also found out about the work and living needs of migrant workers, promoted pandemic prevention knowledge and measures, and provided pandemic prevention materials and various assistance as needed.

Supply chain management

Proactive pandemic management

The COVID-19 epidemic in 2020 caused a break in the supply chain of some industries. The Company has actively worked with our supply chain partners at the beginning of the epidemic to confirm the incoming and outgoing stocks of raw materials and to coordinate stocking and production. Under pre-contingency management, there was no significant impact on the incoming raw materials and production in 2020.

With regards to the Wire & Cable Business, domestic procurement of the Taiwan plants has not been affected by the pandemic; while for overseas procurement, the pandemic has affected the production of suppliers and we have suffered delays or failure to receive orders from suppliers. In the second half of 2020, there will be reduced shipping schedules and severe container shortages, which will result in unpredictable and delayed shipments. The Company's countermeasures of developing secondary sources of materials, notifying manufacturers for advance production, and arranging flights have resulted in no significant impact on the Company. In early 2020 Dongguan Walsin was subject to inter-provincial movement control of drivers and trucks. The Company used measures such as adjusting inventory, negotiating delayed delivery date, and applying for special traffic release permits to reduce the Company's production loss. By April 2020, we had gradually returned to normal and suffered no significant impact.

Supplier coordination

Supply Chain Pandemic Impact and Response

The main suppliers of Shanghai Walsin and Jiangying Walsin Steel Cable are located in Jiangxi, Zhejiang, and Shanghai regions, and they began work earlier than other regions in mainland China. According to past experience (Lunar New Year holiday factor and supplier holiday factor), they have prepared materials in advance, so the materials can meet the customers' production demand before the suppliers' normal delivery.

For the Stainless Steel Business, the Taiwan plants generally diversify risks on a regular basis. At the beginning of the epidemic, we actively checked with our overseas supply chain partners to confirm the import and consumption of raw materials. After the outbreak of the epidemic, we checked one by one the overseas factory personnel's work and production status, in order to ensure that the follow-up shipments can be unimpeded. For domestic suppliers, we confirmed that the supply chain is in stock to ensure that raw materials will not be out of stock and affect production. We prepared spare parts for important materials to increase the safe inventory stock quantity. As a result, the Company's stainless steel production has not been affected by the global shipping chaos since the second half of 2020. For the plants in mainland China, through coordination with suppliers, each plant has increased inventory measures and logistical support. The purchase of various raw materials for the plants in mainland China were not affected throughout the year.

Countermeasures

Pandemic Prevention 360

In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, Walsin Lihwa set up a company-wide pandemic prevention and response center, initiated the "Business Continuity Management Plan for Pandemic Prevention", and formulated "pandemic prevention measures" in accordance with the government's pandemic prevention policy. The company organized a complete protection network for employee healthcare to ensure 360-degree protection for every employee.

A letter was sent to employees from the Chairman, Vice Chairman, and President to explain the company's response measures and to maintain a stable work morale.

Healthcare

Cooperation among employees to protect the health each other

During the epidemic period, the Head Office's Epidemic Prevention Command Center kept track of the epidemic situation and epidemic prevention materials at each plant, assisted in the deployment of epidemic prevention materials, and canceled large events and gatherings. During the period of severe pandemic, regional job rotations and some remote work were initiated to ensure the safety of employees and to maintain the company's operation.

In addition, the environmental safety and health, human resources, and plant affairs units at each plant in Taiwan also found out about the work and living needs of migrant workers, promoted pandemic prevention knowledge and measures, and provided pandemic prevention materials and various assistance as needed.

Supply chain management

Proactive pandemic management

The COVID-19 epidemic in 2020 caused a break in the supply chain of some industries. The Company has actively worked with our supply chain partners at the beginning of the epidemic to confirm the incoming and outgoing stocks of raw materials and to coordinate stocking and production. Under pre-contingency management, there was no significant impact on the incoming raw materials and production in 2020.

With regards to the Wire & Cable Business, domestic procurement of the Taiwan plants has not been affected by the pandemic; while for overseas procurement, the pandemic has affected the production of suppliers and we have suffered delays or failure to receive orders from suppliers. In the second half of 2020, there will be reduced shipping schedules and severe container shortages, which will result in unpredictable and delayed shipments. The Company's countermeasures of developing secondary sources of materials, notifying manufacturers for advance production, and arranging flights have resulted in no significant impact on the Company. In early 2020 Dongguan Walsin was subject to inter-provincial movement control of drivers and trucks. The Company used measures such as adjusting inventory, negotiating delayed delivery date, and applying for special traffic release permits to reduce the Company's production loss. By April 2020, we had gradually returned to normal and suffered no significant impact.

Supplier coordination

Supply Chain Pandemic Impact and Response

The main suppliers of Shanghai Walsin and Jiangying Walsin Steel Cable are located in Jiangxi, Zhejiang, and Shanghai regions, and they began work earlier than other regions in mainland China. According to past experience (Lunar New Year holiday factor and supplier holiday factor), they have prepared materials in advance, so the materials can meet the customers' production demand before the suppliers' normal delivery.

For the Stainless Steel Business, the Taiwan plants generally diversify risks on a regular basis. At the beginning of the epidemic, we actively checked with our overseas supply chain partners to confirm the import and consumption of raw materials. After the outbreak of the epidemic, we checked one by one the overseas factory personnel's work and production status, in order to ensure that the follow-up shipments can be unimpeded. For domestic suppliers, we confirmed that the supply chain is in stock to ensure that raw materials will not be out of stock and affect production. We prepared spare parts for important materials to increase the safe inventory stock quantity. As a result, the Company's stainless steel production has not been affected by the global shipping chaos since the second half of 2020. For the plants in mainland China, through coordination with suppliers, each plant has increased inventory measures and logistical support. The purchase of various raw materials for the plants in mainland China were not affected throughout the year.

▲ 2020/12/14 Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-Che visited the Yenshui Plant to show his concern for migrant workers' pandemic prevention and care.