Create and Expand Markets for Products That Display Significant Environmental Contribution Effectiveness During Customer Use
Environment-contributing Product CertificationsCertifications Based on Proprietary Criteria, and Third-party Evaluations of Validity
For the Environment-contributing Products of the Sekisui Chemical Group, the internal certification screening committee undertakes certifications based on criteria established in cooperation with internal committee members while receiving opinions and advice on the criteria, the stance they are based on, and the validity of results from the External Advisory Board.
Evolution of Frameworks for Environment-contributing ProductsBeyond Just the Natural Environment, Expanding into Standards That Include Contributions to the Social Environment
We have shifted frameworks for Environment-contributing Products since fiscal 2017.
Since the system was first established in 2006, we have focused on products that contribute to solving issues on the Earth’s natural environment and have worked to create and expand such frameworks. On the other hand, in terms of the Company’s business, we also possess many products that contribute to solving matters that concern the social environment. Raising such contributions, we believe, is another mission of the Sekisui Chemical Group. This stance is embodied in the long-held Group vision of “improving the lives of the people of the world and the Earth's environment through its businesses.”
Based on this stance, and to extend product contributions beyond the natural environment, we have also included such social environments as human capital and social capital in our efforts, in effect expanding the scope of our work across natural capital as a whole since fiscal 2017.
To this end, the Sekisui Chemical Group will begin first and foremost by expanding its contributions to “healthier and longer lives,” “promoting the resiliency and spread of strong social infrastructure” and “safe living and strengthened disaster resistance.”
The above issues are in accordance with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, the Sekisui Chemical Group will strive to contribute to the realization of the SDGs through tackling these issues.
SHIFT of Environment-contributing Products
New Environment-contributing Products Perspectives
Environment-contributing Products PRExternal Promotional Activities
In fiscal 2017, Sekisui Chemical participated in the Eco Products 2017 exhibition, an environment-focused tradeshow. The Company showcased Environment-contributing Products and introduced the dual perspectives of contributing to both the natural environment and social environment, while providing explanations to booth visitors.
One of the items exhibited, the InfraGuard series, consists of structure-preservation plastic products that help non-destructively repair and extend the life of degraded concrete, steel, and other structures. These products help halt structural degradation and contribute to the essential strength and durability of structures through the reinforcement of sheets and resin injections, depending on the type of structure, positioning and condition. The InfraGuard series is thus a group of materials that aid in the reduction of waste material while contributing to more robust social infrastructure.
This series of products was also praised by the staff of embassies from developing countries, who found time in their busy schedules to visit the Eco Products tradeshow, as a way to repair structures that is both inexpensive and highly reliable, characteristics that are in demand in their own countries.
Additionally, there are the resin-based “MIGUSA floor tatami mats,” which are made with highly durable polypropylene and natural inorganic materials. These mats are highly durable and have a long product life, which helps to reduce waste. MIGUSA floor tatami mats do not attract mites or grow mold and are therefore effective in contributing to the social environment, including by extending users’ healthy lifespans. As a product that supports safe, secure, and comfortable lives and that possesses the charm of something that is characteristically Japanese, the mat was honored with the COOL JAPAN AWARD 2017.
Exhibition at Eco Products 2017
External Advisory BoardConsidering Environmental Contributions of Products from External Perspectives
Since fiscal 2012, we have held an External Advisory Board as an opportunity to receive opinions and advice from renowned authorities from outside the Company, with regard to the standards and registration of Environment-contributing Products, positions to take in the future, and other comments.
In fiscal year 2017, Advisory Board meetings were held twice. At both meetings, we received advice regarding what stance to take on growing our contributions to social environment issues, the setting of certification standards, and other issues.
Based on the advice we received, we shared our position concerning what to do when explaining benefits to society among internal certification screening committee members. In fiscal year 2017, we registered twenty products and lines of businesses as products that contribute to the social environment as part of a new framework. We also registered four products and lines of business as products that contribute to the natural environment under the current framework.
At the conclusion of the meeting, we received various comments including the expectations that advisors held with regard to the future of the Sekisui Chemical Group’s Environment-contributing Products. There were a range of perspectives offered, including “Rather than just responding, in a functional way, to changes in the market where the need to make some kind of contribution is on the rise, it is vital that you generate and distribute products with a philosophy or concept,” and “Developing technologies that make ethanol from waste by utilizing the power of microorganisms is the sort of thing that would show that the Sekisui Chemical Group's technology development is moving in a direction that is in line with the needs of society.”
External Advisory Board (from the left)
・Minako Oishi, Nippon Association of Consumer Specialists (public corporation), Representative Director, Deputy Chairperson, Environmental Committee
・Juichi Shibusawa, President of the specified non-profit corporation “Network for Coexistence with Nature”
・Masatsugu Taniguchi, Representative of the Resource and Environment Strategic Planning Office
・Takehisa Kabeya, Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry, Deputy Director, Department of Regional and Industry Support
・Shoichi Saito, Nikkei Business Publications, Executive Director, ESG Forum
Visualization of Environmental ContributionsEnvironmental Assessment and Quantification of Environment-contributing Products
To clarify the amount of return to natural capital, the Sekisui Chemical Group endeavors to visualize the environmental contribution for each Environment-contributing Product. We calculate and quantify into a single indicator (damage costs) the various contribution vectors in the life cycle of Environment-contributing Products. We multiply the market impact, based on sales, by the environment contribution of each product to arrive at a quantifiable contribution by product, reflected in the Sekisui Environmental Sustainability Index.
In calculating the impact on the environment for each Environment-contributing Product until fiscal 2016, we broadly classified environmental issues into three areas that should be resolved in our aim to help realize a planet where biodiversity is preserved. However, by broadening the scope of Environment-contributing Products, we have since taken steps to integrate contributions across four areas adding the area of human health / social capital.
From Fiscal Year 2017
(1)Human health (includes the effects of global warming)
(2)Social assets (includes the effects of global warming)
(3)Impacts on plants (reducing interference with growth)
(4)Impacts on biodiversity (limiting the extinction of species)
How to Visualize Environmental Contribution
(1)Determine technologies and products to be compared.
(2)Gather quantifiable data related to environmental impact of each stage of a product's lifecycle (from raw materials to production, transport, use and disposal).
(3)Apply a coefficient* to calculate environmental impact for each factor affecting the environmental impact data obtained and consolidate the results.
(4)Environmental contribution is the difference between the coefficient-derived value in 3. above and the original value.
- Coefficient: Calculated using a customized version of MiLCA, a system developed by Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry using LIME2, an environmental impact assessment method created by Professor Norihiro Itsubo at Tokyo City University.
Net Sales / Proportion of Environment-contributing Products
Revenue from Products That Contribute to the Environment Over Time
|Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Products Company||99.6||99.8||103.5||90.3||93.7|
|High Performance Plastics Company||59.1||88.1||99.8||99.4||142.2|
|Net sales of Environment-contributing Products||Net sales of Environment-contributing Products = Consolidated sales across the Sekisui Chemical Group of products internally certified as Environment-contributing Products
All businesses of the Group in and outside Japan are subject to assessment * See pages 94-95 for a definition of Environment-contributing Products and the way of thinking behind them.
|Proportion in net sales ofEnvironment-contributingProducts||Proportion in net sales of Environment-contributing Products = Net sales of Environment-contributing Products / Consolidated sales All businesses of the Group in and outside Japan are subject to assessment
* See pages 94-95 for a definition of Environment-contributing Products and the way of thinking behind them.
Number of Environment-contributing Products Newly Registered
|Number of Environment-contributing Products
newly registered in FY2017
|Number of registrations as of the end of March FY2018|