Environmental Management System

Building an Environmental Management System based on ISO 14001

Management Approach

Environmental Management SystemEstablishing a Subcommittee Structure That Reports to the CSR Committee

Shared among all of the Group’s companies, Sekisui Chemical has positioned its Environmental Management Policy at the heart of the Group’s environmental management. The CSR Committee, headed by the president, and the Environmental Subcommittee of Sekisui Chemical Group meet twice a year to decide on the major policies that guide the activities of the entire Group. Matters decided by these two bodies are then transformed into specific action plans in meetings of environmental managers from headquarters and each division company. Each business site manages its environmental activities through an environment management system based on ISO 14001.

  • All of Sekisui Chemical's (consolidated) offices (100% of production and sales) are subject to environmental reporting.

System for Promoting Environmental Management

Environmental Management across the Supply ChainSupport for Obtaining ISO14001 and Eco-Action 21 Certification

The Sekisui Chemical Group encourages and provides support to its suppliers to acquire ISO 14001 and Eco-Action 21* certification.
Through its procurement policy, the Sekisui Chemical Group also works to enhance the understanding of suppliers toward its Environmental Management Policy and to convey the Group’s requirements regarding awareness toward the environment.

  • Eco-Action 21: An environmental management system created by the Ministry of the Environment.

Utilizing EMS in the Eco-activities of OfficesPromoting Environmental Activities in Offices in line with the Group EMS

The Sekisui Chemical Group encourages environmental activities in its offices in accordance with its Environmental Management System. At the headquarters buildings and 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.

Complying with Environmental Laws and RegulationsWorking to Prevent Risks before They Occur by Setting Self-management Targets That Are Tougher than Regulations

The Sekisui Chemical Group has set its own environmental management targets, such as for reducing emissions into the atmosphere and water environments, that 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 unveil 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 2017, the Sekisui Chemical Group had zero environmental accidents, and zero incidents involving administrative guidance from the government. The Sekisui Chemical Group makes every effort to comply with laws and regulations.

Major Initiatives

Expansion of EMS OverseasPromoting ISO Certification and Zero Waste Emissions

At our overseas bases, we are also expanding the implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) 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 2018, 46 business sites in Japan and 36 business sites overseas had acquired ISO 14001 or other certifications. The proportion of all business sites within the Sekisui Chemical Group that have been certified is now 47%.
Additionally, the group aims to achieve ISO 14001 certification and zero emissions at all major business sites.

For more information about the Zero Emissions Achievement Criteria and Accreditation System of the Sekisui Chemical Group, see "Efficient Use of Resources."

Performance Data
Indicator Calculation Method
Number of EMS-certified business sites Number of business sites that received external EMS certification in each fiscal year
External EMS certification: ISO 14001, Eco-Action 21, etc.
The proportion of all business sites within the Sekisui Chemical Group that have received external EMS certification The proportion of all business sites within the Sekisui Chemical Group that have received external EMS certification = Σ[Number of employees at business sites that have received external EMS certification] / Consolidated number of employees: Number of employees on the final day of the relevant fiscal year
  • Number of Issues Noted by Environmental Auditors During Fiscal Year 2017

Environment-related Complaints, etc.

Content Response
Accident Fire Small, contained fires occurring during raw-materials processes Installation of sprinklers and monitoring cameras
Leaks Flow of caustic soda into waterways Closure of wastewater routes
Complaints Noise Noise from exhaust blowers Installation of soundproof wall in exhaust hoods
Others Leaving of weeds growing across the boundary lines into neighboring companies’ properties Periodic weeding

In fiscal year 2017, there were two environment-related accidents and two environment-related complaints; we have implemented measures to prevent reocurrence for each case.