Environmental Management System
Promoting an Environmental Management System Based on ISO 14001
Environmental Management System
The environmental aspects of SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group have been managed and promoted under the Sustainability Committee since fiscal 2020.
As an entity that remained in place until fiscal 2019, the CSR Committee deliberated on major CSR initiatives and activity policies. By changing the structure of this committee and renaming it the Sustainability Committee, we have turned it into a forum to deliberate on policies and strategies for improving the sustainability of society and SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group. In addition, we have positioned the environment as one materiality for improving sustainability and established an Environmental Sub-committee subordinate to the Sustainability Committee.
At the first meeting of the Sustainability Committee (held in December 2020), the committee deliberated on the main sustainability-related initiatives, including the environment, as well as activity policy and related issues. A framework was created for the deliberations of this committee to be reported to and approved by the Board of Directors, then applied to management. In addition, the determination and implementation of a detailed activity plan related to the environment will be carried out through meetings of environmental managers from headquarters and each division company.
In fiscal 2020, the Environmental Sub-committee met twice, in September and March, confirming progress and deliberating on the effectiveness of measures related to issues such as greenhouse gas emission reduction, handling water risk problems, and initiatives for reducing the volume of waste products generated. In addition, in cases such as when urgent expansion of measures is required, management meetings (which meet monthly and are chaired by the person in charge of the ESG Management Promotion Department and the head of the Business Strategy Department) deliberate on these matters as needed and report to the Board of Directors.
Environmental Management Promotion System (from fiscal 2020)
Environmental Management Across the Supply Chain
We ask our suppliers to establish an environmental management system in conformity with ISO 14001 and to reduce their environmental impact when starting or continuing business dealings.
With regard to important environmental issues such as climate change, we are confirming whether reduction targets have been set and efforts are under way.
The raw materials used in manufacturing are used as a material balance to assess the volume used and also in assessing environmental impact. Recognizing that climate change is the most important environmental issue in the case of the raw materials we use, we are stepping up efforts particularly with regard to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Of the raw materials, for the four major resins that are purchased in large volumes and have high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, we are requesting the presentation of greenhouse gas emissions data during raw material manufacture from more than 10 manufacturing companies, while promoting efforts to reduce greenhouse gases under Scope 3 for the future.
Group EMS-Aligned Environmental Activities in Offices
SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group encourages environmental activities in its offices that are in line with its Environmental Management System (EMS). At our offices located throughout Japan, we refer to the EMS for guidance on environmental activities, such as turning off lights during lunch breaks and other steps to conserve energy and reducing the use of paper.
Setting Self-management Targets That Are Tougher than Environmental Laws and Regulations
SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group has set its own environmental management targets, such as for reducing emissions into the atmosphere and water environments, which are tougher than legal regulations. Each business site strictly follows these internal targets. We aim to prevent environmental accidents before they occur by conducting internal environmental audits to uncover latent environmental risks. The latest regulatory trends and case studies of accidents at other companies are shared within the Group as a part of comprehensive environmental activities.
In fiscal 2020, there were two environmental accidents which occurred. In both cases, we identified the cause and carried out permanent recurrence prevention measures. No major fines for violations of legal responsibilities or of regulations were incurred.
Expansion of EMS Overseas
At our overseas bases, we are also expanding EMS implementation with similar policies to Japan. We are putting in place systems for obtaining environmental impact data and taking initiatives to reduce environmental impact based on this data.
As of the end of March 2021, 51 business sites in Japan and 39 business sites overseas had acquired ISO 14001 or other certifications. The proportion of SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group production sites and research facilities which have acquired these certifications is now 92%.
Additionally, the Group aims to achieve ISO 14001 certification at all production sites.
Conducting Emergency-preparedness Drills
To prevent and mitigate environmental pollution during an emergency, our employees at each business site are trained at least once a year in emergency procedures and communications for a variety of scenarios unique to each business site. The implementation results from the main training held in fiscal 2020 are set out below.
Training for Measures and Notices to be Carried Out in Emergencies
|Simulated emergency situation||Number of times drills performed|
|Leakage and outflow of oil and other materials||44|
|Atmospheric release of solvents and other materials||3|
|Emergency reporting drills||7|
|Comprehensive disaster drills||34|
|Handling of other equipment-related accidents||4|
Scope of Tabulation for Environmental Performance Data
Note:Regarding the scope of aggregation for environmental performance data, environment reports from all business sites of SEKISUI CHEMICAL (consolidated) are included (100% of produced sales amounts).
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Business Sites that Have Received Third-party Certifi cation for Their Environment Management Systems
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|Number of EMS-certified business sites||Number of business sites that have received external EMS certification
External EMS certification: ISO 14001, Eco-Action 21, etc.
|The proportion of all production sites and research facilities within SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group that have received external EMS certification||The proportion of all EMS-certified business sites within SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group = The number of all production sites and research facilities that have received external EMS certify cation / The number of all production sites and research facilities within SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group|
Environment-related Accidents, Complaints, etc.
|Accident(Leak)||Hydraulic oil leaked into the waste water drains and was collected at the site.||A shield valve was installed in the waste water channels.|
|Stored waste resin liquid generated heat through a chemical reaction, causing the discharge of waste liquid and gas.||Storage rules for reactive materials were revised and made common knowledge.
An abnormal temperature detection device was installed inside the storage cabinet.
|Complaints||No complaints occurred.|
In fiscal 2020, there were two environmental accidents which occurred. In both cases, we identified the cause and carried out permanent recurrence prevention measures.