AKEBONO REPORT 2013
Environmental ManagementEnvironmental Management SystemBased on our Environmental Declaration and Basic Environmental Policies, we are promoting environmental andCSR management under the leadership of the Global Environment Committee.Our Environmental VisionAkebono recognizes that responding to the environmental problemsis an issue of the utmost importance and seeks to protect the environmenton a global scale as part of efforts to fulfill its CSR. Basedon this recognition, Akebono maintains a strong commitment toundertaking environmental preservation activities in a comprehensivemanner and with a global perspective.In line with this commitment, the Recycling Committee and theGlobal Environment Committee were established in 1991 and 1994,respectively, followed by the formulation of the Company’s EnvironmentalDeclaration and Basic Environmental Policies in 2001.Rallying the strength of entire Group, Akebono is striving to achieveboth sustainable business operations and sustainable society.Strengthening Cooperation between the Global Environment Committeeand Task ForcesGuided by akebono’s Corporate Mission and akebono’s Declaration forthe 21st Century (please see the opening page), the Company establishedenvironmental and CSR management systems based on itsEnvironmental Declaration and Basic Environmental Policies. To preventair pollution and mitigate environmental risk, Akebono is developinghighly eco-efficient operations, taking into account CO2 emissions,industrial waste recycling, energy saving and resource saving.Looking ahead, Akebono is accelerating its environmental activities atthe initiative of the Global Environment Committee and with strengthenedcooperation between Sectional Committees and task forces. With globalperspective, its initiatives are further broadening and incorporating variousnew activities, such as preventing loss of biodiversity.Sectional committeesR&D DivisionEnvironmental and CSR Management SystemSectional committeeEstablished in 2001Manufacturing Division,Production Engineering DivisionManufacturing EnvironmentTask ForcePurchasing DivisionGreen Purchasing*7 Task ForceAdministrative DepartmentsHuman & Social EnvironmentTask Force● AKEBONO REPORTTechnology andEnvironment Task ForceGlobal Environment CommitteeSecretariat● Improvement of workingenvironment for all workers● Facilitation of exchangeswith local communitiesSectional committees Sectional committees Sectional committees● SOC*1 free● LCA*3/PRTR*4 promotion● Surface finishing technology● VOC*2 reduction● Logistics environment● 3R*5● CO2 reduction project● Zero-emissions*6● Green purchasing promotionEnvironmental DeclarationBased on our Corporate Mission and Declaration for the 21st Century, we will continue to create new value in the new millennium, contributingto both the Company and the environment. As a global corporate citizen, we will also strive to protect the environment on a globalscale and implement ongoing voluntary activities aimed at creating a safe, vibrant society that co-exists in harmony with the environment.Basic Environmental Policies1. From the early development and design stages, we will actively pursue initiatives that give consideration to both safety and the environment.We will promote the development of technologies and products that minimize environmental impact.2. Each and every associate will make ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impact and promote a recycling-oriented society by conservingenergy and resources, recycling and reducing waste.3. In addition to complying with environmental laws, regulations and agreements, we will endeavor to enhance our environmental managementby establishing voluntary management standards both in Japan and overseas.4. We will actively disclose information to increase understanding of our environmental initiatives and encourage positive relationshipswith communities with the aim of creating a better living environment.Established 2001*1 SOC (Substance of Concern): Environmentally hazardoussubstances, including mercury, cadmium, lead andhexavalent chromium*2 VOC (Volatile Organic Compound): Toluene and xylene arerepresentative of this group’s compounds, which are suspectedof involvement in the development of substancesthat cause health concerns, including oxidant and airborneparticulate matters*3 LCA (Life Cycle Assessment): A technique for analyzing andassessing the environmental impact associated with theentire life cycle of a product (mining of materials, manufacturing,use, recycling and disposal)*4 PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register): Japan’sAct on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of SpecificChemical Substances in the Environment and Promotionof Improvements to the Management Thereof (PRTR Act)was passed into law in 1999 and enforced in 2001.Under the law, business operators which handle morethan a certain amount of specified chemical substancesare required to submit reports to the competent ministerannually.*5 3R: Acronym for reduce, reuse and recycling of resources,activities that contribute to a recycling society*6 Zero-emissions: Proposed by the United NationsUniversity in 1994, a system wherein companies aim toemit no waste, engaging rather in resource recycling andthe effective utilization of waste*7 Green purchasing: Affirmative selection and acquisition ofproducts that impose less negative environmental impact;scope includes materials used in products as well as secondarymaterials used in the course of manufacturing.The manufacture of “Green Products” requires the practiceof green purchasing.