ESG – or Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance – is more than a buzzword at Samsung Electronics, and we believe that a positive impact on the planet starts with our people. That’s why we highlight Samsung employees around the world who are leading the way in cultivating a culture of sustainability and social responsibility. We detail the entry and generalization of ESG at Samsung and answer your questions about how we can build a better future for everyone.
No matter what country you live in, if something were to happen to our world, it would affect everyone and everything on Earth. That is why it is so important to take care of our planet – we only have one.
At Samsung Electronics, we want to lead by example and create a corporate culture dedicated to not only pushing the boundaries of technology, but also preserving our planet.
At a time when the climate crisis is a priority, Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) is particularly important to Samsung. sustainability goals. Samsung dedicates many projects to making our world a greener place, such as reusing discarded fishing nets for use in Galaxy devices.
Samsung Newsroom is launching a new series highlighting how Samsung employees around the world are building a more sustainable future. Jenny Chun’s journey is the first in a long line of how to build a better and brighter world through ESG.
#A day in the life of Jenny Chun
Meet Jenny Chun, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs at Samsung Electronics America (SEA). As part of Samsung America’s Quality Assurance Laboratory, located half an hour from SEA’s North American headquarters in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, Jenni and her team are proud of the activities that help tell the Samsung sustainability story. So what does your day at Samsung look like for Jenni?
“I get this question a lot, and I always tell people that no day ever repeats itself.” Jenny said. “My team and I deal with such a wide range of topics, and priorities can change in an instant, which is part of what makes this job so exciting.”
In her role, Jenny analyzes and relates each Samsung product to various regulations and environmental issues, covering everything from air purifiers and dryers to tablets and packaging regulations. Whether their team conducts audits, standards, or solves issues with standards and certifications, they oversee all environmental activities to make Samsung more sustainable every day. No matter what she does, Jenny generally collaborates with others to make her vision of sustainability a reality.
“I work closely with our research and development teams to imagine new projects or ideas that can become the next generation of technology while ensuring a more sustainable future,” Jenny said. “We collaborate to influence at all levels, as well as to amplify all of our sustainability efforts with consumers.”
His division has a broad scope – from working with the US public affairs team to ensure Samsung is well represented in government and business communications, to product and brand teams to imagining how the company can reduce its environmental footprint, at the global CS hub of working to make a global impact, Jenni works hard every day to see How the planet can benefit from Samsung’s vision for a better future.
#Live the green mindset
Whether she works for Samsung, volunteers in her community, or raises her child at home, Jenny wants to incorporate sustainability into everything she does.
For Jenny, there is a lot to learn and improve by examining public awareness and environmental practices in other countries. Of course, with a global company like Samsung, it’s a lot easier to make an impact by working with others than trying to do it alone.
“I am grateful that my work can help make an impact on a global scale with a company that truly cares about the environment,” Jenny said. “We have the support of our leaders to make environmental sustainability a top priority.”
Jenny is someone who wants to fully invest herself in her work, her values, and everything. So what’s the best way to implement a green mindset at work? Jenny stresses the importance of leadership and education by example, especially when it comes to environmental sustainability.
“I always try to incorporate environmental sustainability into conversations with my team, because our colleagues are also our consumers,” Jenny said. “It is important to patiently explain, educate and educate.”
#gold standard for sustainability
When it comes to working at Samsung, Jenni is constantly looking forward to telling the next sustainability story that will reduce the company’s environmental impact. According to Jenni, Samsung is a leader in innovation, not only in its product technology, but also in the way the company practices sustainability. For example, Jenny praised Samsung’s various initiatives on environment, community, and governance, such as the “Samsung Gives Week of Service,” where she planted pollinator flowers with her son and helped support bees.
“I would love for it to be a sustainable project where we can talk to others and spread the word about sustainable topics,” Jenny said. “What better way to create environmental sustainability ambassadors than to do activities like this with our children?”
In addition to her participation in the company’s internal initiatives, Jenny has also been honored for her award-winning work for the company. For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annually awards the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) award in recognition of excellence in e-waste collection in the United States. Jenni has led the Samsung team to win this Gold Level award for the past eight consecutive years since its inception, with Samsung collecting and recycling an average of 100 million pounds of e-waste annually, a backlog of over £1 billion. in the United States of America.
Over the years, Jenny and her team have helped Samsung win several ENERGY STAR Awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It even worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set new standards for refrigerators, using advanced adaptive compressors and induction furnaces to make them more energy efficient.
“In the long term, we are looking for new ways in which technology can positively impact consumers and our planet,” Jenny said.
We wanted to make sure that consumers benefit from seamless Samsung technology, lowering costs and reducing our environmental footprint through more sustainable options.
# ESG from the inside out
For Jenny, sustainability is at the heart of her work at Samsung. So the Samsung newsroom wanted to know how it spent World Environment Day, a public holiday known for encouraging global awareness and action to protect our environment.
For Jenny, she chose to spend time with her family, especially her son, in the great outdoors and enjoy nature up close. During the pandemic, I noticed a lot of people were spending more outdoors. She, too, wanted to spend time enjoying the environment she had dedicated her work and free time to defending.
“I took my son to an aquarium, where he not only fell in love with ocean animals but also learned about environmental issues,” Jenny said. “He discovered that plastic waste is harmful to marine life, and since then reducing plastic waste has become a priority in our home.”
And don’t worry—for home readers, Jenny has her own eco-friendly tips for your everyday life. She recommends that each of us change a product or behavior to reduce our use of plastic. This can include avoiding prepared foods with plastic containers, using reusable grocery bags, or switching to hygiene products made with eco-friendly packaging.
“Making a change can be uncomfortable at times, but making small daily changes can help make a big difference,” Jenny said. “I encourage everyone to make a change today, such as a behavior or product that will reduce your individual environmental footprint.”
In her personal life, Jenny definitely practices what she preaches, living an eco-friendly lifestyle both on and off the job. For example, Jenny does a lot of career counseling and speaks for sustainability practitioners at Columbia University. As a graduate of the university’s Sustainability Management program, she has been invited to various employment forums to discuss what a sustainability-focused job looks like, particularly in the private sector and large companies, such as technologies, such as Samsung.
#Our planet, our future
On this famous day for environmental action, it is important to remember that a healthy ecosystem can start in our workplace. Now more than ever, companies need to work to improve our quality of life, protect our ecosystem, and conserve natural resources for future generations. Samsung is doing its part to become a socially responsible workplace by including environmental sustainability at all levels of the company. We only have one planet Earth, and it’s up to us to take care of it.
Jenny Chun is a great example of a woman using her passion to educate others about the importance of environmental sustainability to create a greener future for the next generation. From mentorship and career advice in her spare time to working with the US Environmental Protection Agency to raise the bar for e-waste reduction, Jenny is an advocate for change and positive environment.
Learn more about Samsung Electronics’ sustainability initiatives here, and stay tuned for more Samsung employees helping to save the planet, every business day at a time.