Environment-Contributing Products

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 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 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, 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.”

Therefore, Sekisui Chemical Group will strive to contribute to the realization of the SDGs through tackling these issues.

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Unwavering Stance

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SHIFT of Environment-Contributing Products

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New Environment-Contributing Products Perspectives

Environment-Contributing Products PRExternal Promotional Activities

In fiscal 2018, Sekisui Chemical participated in the Eco Products 2018 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.
Visitors were especially interested in our Bio-Refinery technology which uses microbes from burnable trash to create ethanol, a compound used in the production of materials such as plastics, which is currently undergoing inspection at a verification plant, as well as our next-generation energy technologies such as film batteries for indoor use and perovskite solar cells with outdoor specifications. We reconfirmed the social significance of these technologies through discussions and negotiations participants had with the staff explaining the products from technical, business, and environmental perspectives.
Prior to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Sekisui Chemical Group has contributed to trash collection method innovations in the city of Tokyo through polyethylene buckets. Through the Bio-Refinery technology mentioned above, we are working toward a “circular economy” in which waste materials have economic merits with the goal of achieving this goal by 2020, the year the Tokyo Olympics will be held. By spreading the awareness of waste materials as resources with value, we think this is one technology which will bring about social reforms.

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Exhibition at Eco Products 2018

Discussion with External AdvisorsConsidering the Opinions of External Stakeholders Related to Environmental Contributions of Products

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.
The External Advisory Board meetings are sponsored by the supervising director of the organization in charge of environmental issues and CSR, and the members of the internal certification screening committee for Environment-Contributing Products, including staff such as executive officer representatives from each division company who unify the technical side, organization heads carrying out management project work with a grasp for business conditions as a whole, participate in this board. We also ask others from outside the Company coming from various backgrounds in industry, government, and academia who are currently engaged in CSR-related work, including related to the environment, to take part as external experts. We currently request participation from representatives of a public corporation which serves as a consulting service providing advice to consumers, an NPO engaged in forestry preservation and education for the next generation, the representative of an office which has released numerous publications related to natural resources and the environment, a corporation which is an auxiliary organization for a government administrative office, and individuals active in media-related capacities for other companies (see photo in the next page for reference).
In fiscal year 2018, one study session was held with the External Advisory board in September, and one meeting of the Advisory Board was held in March.
At the study session held in September, external advisors spoke to core employees and younger members involved in company and corporate Environment-Contributing Product development, business plans, and sales about trends in environmental and social problems, needs, and demands being made of the company from a variety of different perspective, and also discussed these issues with participants directly. In addition to deepening the understanding of individual employees, the event was also a chance for the individual participants to consider what they can do in their position, as well as the various trends moving forward.
The Environment-Contributing Product External Advisory Board meeting held in March was sponsored by the supervising director of the organization in charge of environmental issues and CSR (Senior Managing Director and Executive Officer Kato) to consider the 18 total Environment-Contributing Products approved by the internal certification screening committee* in two separate instances in fiscal year 2018. External advisors each shared advice and important points from their respective specialties.
The experts shared comments such as “I hope you will carry out processes like standard registration and clarification for visualizing the contribution of Social Environment-Contributing Products in order to show the world at large their value and the thinking behind them” and “be aware of the fact that the same issue consists of varying problems in different global areas and consider these differences when thinking about the contribution aspect of products,” touching on issues points to be careful when expanding Environment-Contributing Product business in the future and new thinking related to solving environmental and social problems. The speakers covered topics which will be useful references for the promotion of Environment-Contributing Product business expansion in the future.

  • * Internal certification screening committee
    The chairman of this committee is the supervisor of the Environment Department, and corporate and company technology and business supervisors participate in the committee’s meetings as members. These meetings are held for screening related to certification of Environment-Contributing Products. Held regularly twice per year.
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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, 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 assets.

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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.
Performance Data
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  • Net Sales / Proportion of Environment-Contributing Products

Revenue from Products That Contribute to the Environment Over Time

(Unit: Billions of yen)
FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Housing Company 3,058 2,806 2,909 3,176 3,643
Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Products Company 998 1,035 903 937 977
High Performance Plastics Company 881 998 994 1,422 1,789
Headquarters 14 18 6 24 28
Company-wide total 4,951 4,858 4,812 5,559 6,438
Index Calculation Method
Net sales of Environment-contributing Products Net sales of Environment-contributing Products = Consolidated sales across Sekisui Chemical Group of products internally certified as Environment-contributing Products
All businesses of the Group in and outside Japan are subject to assessment
Note: See pages 100-101 for a definition of Environment-contributing Products and the way of thinking behind them.
Proportion in net sales of Environment-contributing Products 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
Note: See pages 100-101 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 FY2018
Number of registrations as of the end of March
FY2019
18 160