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Zhen Ding Tech. Group

Risk Management

Risk Management Policy

In order to enhance risk governance and strengthen the operation of risk management within the company, the board of directors established the "Risk Management Committee" on December 18, 2023. The committee is the highest-level risk management unit that is part of the board of directors. This committee is responsible for supervising and executing risk control, assisting the board of directors in promoting risk management, and enhancing corporate governance. The committee will report to the board of directors at least once a year, providing an update on the results of risk management. This ensures the company's sustainable business operations and progress towards the goal of sustainable development.

Through the analysis of internal and external environments, the risk management policy defines four major risk management facets: operational, strategic, financial, and hazard pillars. To determine the risk level of each pillar, there are a total of 14 risk factors, and the process of identification, assessment, control, and supervision is clearly documented. Furthermore, to review the status of each aspect, the PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act) is utilized for daily measurement.

To uphold the principle of sustainable development, the company evaluates emerging risks in accordance with the Global Risk Report and other international standards. Three long-term risks highlighted this year are "Structural changes in the labor market," "Global armed conflict and economic downturn," and "Misinformation and disinformation."
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Organization Structure of Risk Management (Approved by board of directors on 18 December 2023)
Organization Structure of Risk Management (Approved by board of directors on 18 December 2023)

Organization Structure of Risk Management

1.Risk Management Committee (Supervised by the Board of Directors): Composed of at least three directors appointed by the board, the committee include a majority of independent directors to assist the board in promoting risk management and enhancing corporate governance to achieve the objectives of risk management.

2.Risk Management Executive Committee (supervised by the Risk Management Committee): The committee consists of top executives from each business unit, with the Director of the Chairman's Office serving as the convener to support and supervise the implementation of risk management activities across different departments.

3.Risk Management Executive Task Force (supervised by the Risk Management Executive Committee): Responsible for reporting the company's risk management policies, assisting various business units in implementing risk management-related operations, and summarizing and executing the situation for the Risk Management Executive Committee.

4.Internal Audit Office: In charge of auditing implementation, providing regular reports on the changing risk environment, risk management priorities, risk assessments, and responses during the Audit Committee meetings.

Risk Management Responsibilities

1. Board of Directors: Accountable for approving risk management policies, procedures, and frameworks, and ensuring alignment between operational strategies and risk management.
2. Risk Management Committee: Assisting the board of directors in promoting risk management and enhancing corporate governance to achieve the objectives of risk management. Duties include the following:
● Review risk management policies, procedures, and frameworks.
● Review the implementation of risk management, provide necessary improvement recommendations, and report to the board of directors at least once a year.
● Implementing risk management decisions made by the board of directors.
3. Business Units and Functional Departments:
● Responsible for identifying, analyzing, assessing, and responding to risks within each business unit and functional department, and establishing relevant crisis management mechanisms when necessary.
● Regularly submit risk management information to the Risk Management Executive Task Force.
● Ensure that the risk management and related control procedures of the department are effectively implemented to comply with the risk management policy.
4. Risk Management Executive Task Force:
● Establish risk appetite (tolerance levels) and develop qualitative and quantitative measurement criteria.
● Analyzing and identifying sources and categories of company risks, and reviewing their applicability regularly.
● Compile and submit reports on the company's risk management implementation.
● Assist and supervise the implementation of risk management activities in departments.
● Coordinated risk management operations involve interdepartmental communication and interaction.
● Implementing risk management decisions made by the Risk Management Committee.
● Plan risk management training courses to enhance overall risk awareness and culture.

2023 Risk Management Tanning

Risk management training requires the participation of all members, including the board of directors. Regular and ad-hoc internal and external risk management courses are held annually and integrated into the annual performance evaluation criteria for employees and managers. The aim is to deepen risk awareness in daily operations, effectively enhancing the promotion and implementation of risk management in business. In 2023, there are 43 key executives, including members of the board of directors and committees, with a total of 1,949 hours of education. The breakdown is as follows:

Risk Management Procedure

To improve the risk management function, the Group's risk management is carried out through (1) risk identification, (2) risk assessment, (3) risk control, and (4) risk monitoring and communication to clearly grasp the scope of each risk. Through PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) management measures, we will continue to improve and manage the risk factors to reduce the chance and degree of risk loss, and take appropriate measures to efficiently implement risk management.

I. Risk Identification

The company performs risk identification based on the environmental, social, and corporate governance aspects of its operations, where 14 risk factors have been formulated based on the four major aspects defined in the risk management policy, and the management scope includes various risk items at different levels as follows:

II. Risk Assessment

All subsidiaries of the company comply with the “Strategic Risk Control Procedures”. Each functional unit identifies the risk factors it may face, and may use Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), or may develop its own identification and evaluation criteria to identify and evaluate the risk levels of different risk items and implement corresponding controls. Based on the risk evaluation, the three characteristic exponent of "severity, frequency, and difficulty of detection" are summarized to express the possibility of risk occurrence and its degree of influence, which are used as reference bases for the subsequent prioritization of risk control and the selection of response measures

III. Risk Control

Risks related to the daily operations of each business unit shall be managed by the risk controls of each business unit. For important crisis incidents that are cross-departmental or cross-plant, cross-departmental or cross-plant risk assessment should be carried out. The Chief of Risk Management Executive Committee or a designated representative is responsible for coordinating and negotiating, in order to identify feasible strategies for preventing crisis incidents. The supervisor shall formulate crisis handling procedures and recovery plans according to the crisis incident.

IV. Risk Monitoring

For the 14 major risk management areas, regular rolling reviews and complete records of risk management executive results are kept to understand the effectiveness of risk management projects and related control operations. The Risk Management Committee reports and explains the implementation results to the Board of Directors every year. Furthermore, internal auditors review the risk management procedures and control implementation status on a regular and irregular basis and report to the Board of Directors depending on the level of risk at all levels as well. 2023 General risk implementation full results

2023 Risk Management Conclusion

The firm's overall risk self-assessment in 2023 is low. Some of the medium to low-level inspection items mainly involve risks associated with natural disasters and international situations. This year, privacy and business stress tests were added to the relevant business units. The number of inspection items increased from 61 in the previous year to 78. Projects were identified and evaluated in accordance with the management system of each operating unit. The inspection results were plotted in the risk assessment matrix, which further derived four key actions: 1) Emergent Improvement project 2) Improvement Plan 3) Incorporate risk reducing measures 4) Manage for continued improvement. After analyzing the control results in 2023, most of the risk detection items continue to be under ongoing supervision. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the financial implications of each risk factor, a quantitative assessment was conducted to estimate the potential financial losses associated with each risk item, using the previous year's revenue as a benchmark. The results revealed that the firm faced four major risks this year after the review. The risk of potential financial losses is kept below 3%.

2023 Implementation of Emerging Risk

To comply with the principle of sustainable development and to fulfill our responsibility as a global citizen, we review the risk issues of the Group's operational impacts and challenges in accordance with the emerging risk profiles proposed by the World Economic Forum's "Global Risks Report", and continue to focus on three key risks in the medium and long term: "Structural changes in the labor market," "Global armed conflict and economic downturn," and "Misinformation and disinformation." 2023 Emerging risk implementation full result

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

Zhen Ding is committed to "Establish a model of new environment-friendly PCB production base".

Intellectual Property Management Plan

Intellectual Property Management Plan