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

Sekisui Chemical Group’s Board of Directors deliberates and makes decision on all financial and non-financial initiatives. In regard to the “environmental” aspect of non-financial matters, Sekisui Chemical has positioned its Environmental Management Policy, common to all Group companies, at the heart of the Group’s environmental management efforts. The CSR Committee—headed by the Group president and including Group directors such as the divisional company presidents, as well as employee representatives—and the Environmental Subcommittee of Sekisui Chemical Group meet twice a year to discuss and report on CSR-related issues, afterward determining CSR policies and initiatives for the entire Group. Their reports are then submitted to the Board of Directors for approval and subsequent implementation.
In response to matters decided by the CSR Committee, environmental managers from headquarters and each division company meet to formulate specific action plans. Each business site manages its environmental activities through an environment management system based on ISO 14001.
In fiscal 2018, the CSR Committee met three times, in May, October, and February, and the Environmental Subcommittee met twice, in September and March. In the first half of the fiscal year, implementation strategies and assessment of KPI progress were discussed related to initiatives such as water resource-related efforts and measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Meetings in the second half of the year covered progress confirmation and implementation considerations, and there were also discussions of crucial items for implementation such as the Group Environmental Management Policy.
In addition to the ongoing regular management system mentioned above, a management meeting, chaired by Keita Kato, the head of the Business Strategy Department and the person in charge of the ESG Management Promotion Department, is held once a month to determine suitable actions and report to the Board of Directors on matters requiring deliberation over a longer period of time, such as KPI planning, as well as matters related to the acceleration of measures aimed at resolving pressing issues.

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System for Promoting Environmental Management

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

Sekisui Chemical Group encourages and provides support to its suppliers to acquire ISO 14001 and Eco-Action 21* certification. Through its procurement policy, Sekisui Chemical Group also works to enhance supplier understanding of its Environmental Management Policy and to convey the Group’s requirements regarding environmental considerations.
In fiscal 2018, we started to convey to suppliers our requirements with regard to the setting of targets as well as activities and measures aimed at addressing climate change.

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

Utilizing EMS in Office Eco-activitiesPromoting 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 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

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 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 2018, Sekisui Chemical Group had zero environmental accidents, and zero incidents involving administrative guidance from the government. 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 2019, 54 business sites in Japan and 39 business sites overseas had acquired ISO 14001 or other certifications. The proportion of Sekisui Chemical Group employees working at business sites which have acquired these certifications is now 55%.
Additionally, the Group aims to achieve ISO 14001 certification and zero emissions at all production sites.

For more information about the zero emissions achievement criteria and accreditation system of Sekisui Chemical Group, see "Efficient Use of Resources."

Performance Data

Scope of Tabulation for Environmental Performance Data

  • Note:
    All of Sekisui Chemical's (consolidated) offices (100% of produced sales amounts) are subject to environmental reporting.
Indicator Calculation Method
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 business sites within Sekisui Chemical Group that have received external EMS certification The proportion of all business sites within 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

Environment-related Accidents, Complaints, etc.

Content Response
Complaints Noise Noise from exhaust blowers Exhaust mufflers installed
Other Nighttime lighting environment Lighting angles changed
Rainwater getting into waste plastic storage containers Prevention of rainwater ingress by vinyl covers and stretch film
Failure to submit an application for permission to make alterations to dangerous goods storage Submission of application for permission to make alterations

In fiscal 2018, there were four environment-related complaints. In each case in turn, we implemented measures to prevent any reoccurrence.