Environmental Sustainability

Finisar understands that our success as a business hinges on our ability to demonstrate we are operating appropriately and responsibly. We recognize the impact our operations have on the environment and on the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and visitors. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the environment, our employees, and others who may be impacted by our operations.

Finisar is committed to environmentally sustainable business practices and minimizing our environmental impact throughout our entire business. Our approach is guided by Finisar's ISO-14001 certified Environmental Management System with cross-functional teams located at individual sites to comprehensively assess local environmental aspects and impacts and establish improvement programs and objectives based on those assessments. Global coordination is facilitated through a central, corporate-level steering committee.

Finisar has an Environment Health Safety (EHS) management representative who is responsible for facilitating and ensuring compliance across all Finisar operations. Finisar’s EHS programs are in place to ensure our operations are compliant with international, federal, state, and local laws and regulations and best management practices are used, where practicable. Periodic compliance audits are conducted at major Finisar operations to ensure continued compliance.

Finisar's factory sites in Ipoh Malaysia, and Wuxi, China, along with design centers in Sunnyvale CA, Fremont CA, and Allen TX, are ISO 14001:2004 registered.  It is Finisar’s intent to achieve ISO 14001 certification at all major manufacturing sites or implement an equivalent environmental management system where appropriate.

Finisar's objective towards environmental sustainability and minimizing our footprint focuses on several key areas:

Design for Environment

We assess the environmental aspects of our products and, to the extent practicable, minimize waste generation,  maximize material recyclability and design low energy consumption into the entire supply chain and product life cycle.

As an environmentally and socially responsible manufacturer focused on reducing the impact of hazardous substances on the environment, Finisar designs and manufactures its components and finished products to comply with  materials restrictions based on legal, regulatory, and market requirements.

Rigorous Product Compliance

Two key requirements for Finisar products include Compliance with the EU Directive regarding the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) 2011/65/EU and the REACH Directive 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.  A comprehensive Green Program and a global, interdisciplinary team are in place to ensure compliance.

Additionally, Finisar complies with the China RoHS Directive Phase 1 Labeling and Substance Disclosure requirements. Each shipment includes the Product Content Disclosure and associated packaging is properly marked with China and international recycling marks.

Employee Involvement

Finisar's success has always depended on the talents and commitment of our employees. This principle holds true in the area of environmental sustainability, We strive to increase employee awareness of environmental issues at work and in the community through a continuing program of employee education and engagement.  At work, employees actively participate on ISO 14001 teams, safety committees, “green” teams, and, at some locations, employees actively participate in the community sponsored recycling events or roadside cleanups.  Many of our recycling opportunities are driven from ideas submitted by our employees.

Environmentally Conscious Processes

We conduct our business while reliably and efficiently complying with all applicable environmental requirements. Finisar maintains careful control over the substances used in our business and factory processes, while taking steps whenever practicable to minimize, substitute, and eliminate the use of substances that are potentially hazardous to the environment and human health.

We have made great strides in reducing our environmental footprint by identifying recycling opportunities, setting objectives and meeting goals in all aspects of our business, from office spaces to factory floors.


To further demonstrate Finisar’s corporate commitment, Finisar has established the following corporate goals with 5-year targets (baseline year 2012):

  • Reduce Energy Consumption at manufacturing operations normalized to production by 5 percent,
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions normalized to production by 5 percent,
  • Reduce Water Use normalized to production by 10 percent,
  • Reduce Total waste (hazardous and non-hazardous) normalized to production by 10 percent

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (accompanying chart)

Finisar tracks and reports Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions from major manufacturing operations. US site GHG emissions are below federal reporting thresholds. Nonetheless, opportunities for reducing GHG emissions are reviewed and evaluated at each site. Finisar reduced GHG emissions approximately 4% from 2009 to 2010 and an additional 15% from 2012 to 2014 based on annual revenue.

Energy Consumption (accompanying chart)

Energy consumption accounts for approximately 75% of Finisar’s GHG emissions. Site teams are actively engaged in identifying energy conservation measures to directly reduce energy consumption requirements and achieved a 6% reduction through 2014 from 2012 levels based on annual revenue.

Water Consumption and Quality(accompanying chart)

Finisar’s semiconductor operations are major users of water resources. Best engineering practices are employed to minimize water usage in Wafer FABs located in Allen, Texas and Fremont, California. Additionally, site-specific projects such as reusing RO (“reverse osmosis”) water and once-through cooling water, modifying landscape irrigation systems, and using native landscaping have been employed to reduce overall usage.  Finisar manufacturing sites reduced water consumption by approximately 12% through 2014 from 2012 based on annual revenue.

Wastewater treatment systems are installed and monitored to ensure water quality meets or exceeds permitted discharge limitations.

Waste Minimization and Recycling (accompanying chart)

Pollution prevention activities focus on reducing material usage. Finisar’s Allen, Texas facility reduced purchases of non-production consumable materials by 85% from 2007 levels. Less consumable materials translates to less waste in landfills.  Other Finisar locations have implemented similar strategies to reduce the use of consumable products and enhancing recycling programs to reduce waste disposal in landfills.

Waste minimization projects at various sites have also significantly reduced the amount of hazardous waste shipped offsite.  For example, Finisar’s Ipoh Malaysia facility eliminated the use of Acetone solvent in its production processes.  Finisar Allen reduced usage of developer by 80%, and Wuxi China realized a reduction of 37% in waste normalized to production. 

In an effort to reduce electricity consumption and subsequent GHG emissions, several Finisar locations are replacing fluorescent lamps with LEDs.  Finisar’s Allen, TX location donated usable fluorescent lamps to a local charity.  Lamp disposal, especially at Finisar’s larger production sites, contributed to overall increases in waste generated in 2014.  Waste volumes should decrease once these conversion projects are completed. 

Hazardous Materials 

Finisar recognizes the hazardous nature of many of the materials we use in our operations and uses engineering controls and safe work practices to minimize the potential impacts of these materials. Finisar’s engineering teams actively pursue opportunities to use less hazardous materials.


  • Finisar’s Fremont, California facility has been recognized each year since 2002 by the Union Sanitary District for consecutive years of compliance for its Wastewater Treatment operations.
  • In 2009, our facility in Allen, Texas received “The Ebby Halliday and Maurice Acers Business/Industry Leadership Award.” This award named for two founding members of Keep Texas Beautiful recognizes those businesses with sound environmental principles.
  • Also in 2009, the Allen, Texas facility was the 1st place Recipient of the Greater DFW Recycling Alliance “Outstanding Integrated Solid Waste Management.”
  • Finisar Allen was nominated in 2012 by the City of Allen for a Green3 Achievement award and placed 2nd in the competition that was sponsored by the North Texas Corporate Recycling Alliance.
  • Finisar’s Wuxi, China facility was deemed “Excellent Corporation in Safety Management” by Wuxi government.

Finisar operations strive for 100% compliance with governing laws and regulation. The Corporation received no Notices of Violation or citations from any federal, state or local environmental regulatory agency for non-compliance with any environmental law or regulation. However in 2011, Finisar’s Fremont, California facility received a citation and fine from the Department of Transportation for a shipping document error. The issue was quickly addressed to the Department’s satisfaction and additional corrective actions were implemented to ensure continued compliance.

Finisar operations are routinely subjected to audits by external regulatory agencies and customers. Finisar also conducts its own self assessments and enlists the services of third-party auditors. Finisar’s Environmental Management System is audited annually by an outside certification organization.