Environmental Education

Fostering Human Resources Who Can Think About the Importance of Environmental Activities and Act on Their Own

Management Approach

Educational Plans and SystemThe Creation of an Environmental Education System That Follows the Policies of Our Long-term Vision

The Sekisui Chemical Group has created an education system to enable it to achieve the “ideal model of environmental human resources” in respect to employees, as drawn up as a means of achieving the group’s Vision. Education based on this system began being conducted in 2014. Through their work, all employees consider on their own what actions they can take to contribute to the environment with the aim of creating “a world in biodiversity is conserved." The foundation for human resources who think and act in this way is built through environmental education.

Promoting EducationConcept for Promoting Environmental Education over the Long Term

Our environmental education program puts a strong emphasis on the process for instilling “interest, excitement, and gratitude.”
With the goal of raising awareness of environmental issues (creating “interest”), driving action (generating “excitement”), and producing results (fostering “gratitude”), we are conducting a variety of educational activities suited to each situation, with a focus on the most effective teaching methods and targets for each job and area of responsibility.

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Medium-term PlanPhilosophy for Environmental Education in the Environmental Medium-term Plan (2017-2019)

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    A program to assist the transformation to “hands-on” action
    Based on monitoring the levels of environmental knowledge and awareness at the Company (organization) level throughout the period of the Environmental Medium-term Plan that was implemented through fiscal 2016, differences based on job type and responsibilities were apparent, but there was almost no difference among regions.
    In the Environmental Medium-term Plan (2017-2019), the group will create tools to allow it to monitor individual-level levels of knowledge and degrees of participation so that studies of individual employees can serve as indicators and will create mechanisms that allow employees to engage in activities “hands-on.”
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    The ongoing implementation of effective programs
    The programs that proved effective among the various education programs instituted as part of the Environmental Medium-term Plan followed until fiscal 2016 will continue to be implemented in the current Environmental Medium-term Plan, with some revisions to their content.
Major Initiatives

Human Resource Environmental Awareness IndicatorAscertaining the Level of Environmental Awareness in Human Resources by Indicator

In the surveys on environmental awareness conducted as part of the Environmental Medium-term Plan through fiscal 2016, the level of knowledge was demonstrated to go up, though we noted that there was a need to turn this awareness into action. In order to further boost awareness, we believed it would be effective to create a mechanism that promotes education and training based on each individual’s specific circumstances.
Thus, in fiscal 2017, to “visualize” changes in behavior or in the level of knowledge, a human resource environmental awareness indicator was created to monitor employees’ current levels of environmental knowledge and the status of their behavior and to serve as a progress chart to encourage individuals to engage in self-study.
We use an online “Human Resource Environmental Awareness Check” to promote a better understanding of the human resource environmental awareness indicator.
The Human Resource Environmental Awareness Check focuses on items which Sekisui Chemical Group expects its employees to know about and take action on, including natural capital, SDGs, and environmental policies, and asks the employees in survey form if they know the meaning and purpose of the key terms, and what specific actions the employees may have taken. The results are then scored, with feedback given in regard to each employee’s current level and areas for potential improvement.
Having the employees periodically take the “Human Resource Environmental Awareness Check” allows us to measure the strength of an employee’s environmental activity promotional efforts and through this, his or her knowledge and willingness to act.
2017, the first year in the Environmental Medium-term Plan, is used as the benchmark for the human resource environmental awareness indicator, and the Group is targeting a 20-point improvement from the benchmark level in the course of the current Medium-term Plan. The domestic benchmark is 39 points, and the fiscal 2018 score was 44. While this latter figure represents a five-point improvement, it is still below our target. Thanks to concentrated educational efforts, improvements were shown in areas where low scores had previously been recorded.
However, we believe that among the reasons we did not achieve our target are that a system for undertaking self-study is not yet in place and that the educational opportunities offered are rather limited. Another point was that not all employees were able to attend educational programs. In aiming to expand attendance and increase participation rates, we will work on further horizontal development.
We have started to utilize the human resource environmental awareness indicator overseas as well. In fiscal 2018, we identified the benchmark in North America, and the result was 50 points. In the years to come, we plan to gradually expand the areas to, for example, take in China and Europe, ascertain the trends in each area, and utilize the indicator as a means to improve the level of human resource environmental awareness on a global basis.

Environmental education offered

  Educational program name Category of education FY2018 plan Covered job responsibilities, job types, etc.
(Sekisui Chemical Group)
Japan Overseas
1 Environment e-learning 1 ②③⑤   Management
2 Environment e-learning 2 ②③   All employees
3 Environment e-learning 3   All employees
4 Workshop Meeting ④⑤ People in charge of environmental affairs
5 EMS Content Distribution (DVD) ①④⑤ Production sites, research facilities (Japan, Europe)
6 Training for Fostering Internal Environmental Auditors ④⑤   Production sites, research facilities
7 CSR Training 1 ①② New company employees
8 CSR Training 2 ②③   Newly appointed people in management positions
9 Environmental Human
Resources Check
①⑤ All employees (Japan, America)
10 Pamphlets on Environment-contributing Products ①②③   All employees in Japan
11 Booklet for Publicizing the New
Environmental Medium-term
Plan (Vision Guidebook)
①②③   All employees (Japan, Europe)
  • …Conducted in a limited area
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    Environmental e-learning for management
    Management regularly introduces environmental topics that are believed necessary to support corporate operations. In fiscal 2018, we implemented an environmental e-learning program focusing on water risks and the issue of plastic pollution in marine environments. We believe we can learn about potential business opportunities by focusing on efforts aimed at resolving environmental issues, as well as on international trends and items requiring corporate compliance.
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    Workshop Meetings for People in Charge of Environmental Affairs
    During fiscal 2018, workshop meetings aimed at improving the environmental management skills of people in charge of environmental affairs at production facilities were held in five areas: Japan, North America, China, Europe, and Thailand. The workshops focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions–a key item in the Environmental Medium-term Plan–on environmental regulations and improving the green spaces around the operating facilities as well as on assessments of energy-saving policies at model business sites and discussions on how to reduce waste risk.
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    • Workshop Meetings for People in Charge of Environmental Affairs:Europe
    • Workshop Meetings for People in Charge of Environmental Affairs:Thailand