Environmental Management System
Basic ideas and policies
The Resonac Group is committed not only to fulfilling its responsibilities as both a chemical company and an emitter by minimizing the discharge of hazardous substances, waste and pollutants, but also to contributing to environmental conservation based on the appropriate assessment of the impact of its business activities on the environment. To this end, we are working to develop monitoring regimes for all our supply chains and effective environmental risk management systems for such environmental risks as waste, water and air pollution, soil contamination, noise and vibration, and we are continuously improving our environmental management.
The president is the chief company official responsible for Resonac’s environmental conservation activities and environmental risk countermeasures. Each business unit and plant is responsible for its own environmental protection efforts, with support by the Head Office’s Staff Department.At regular safety meetings, the Management Committee is briefed on environment-related activities of the Group and gives relevant instructions, which will be conveyed to the divisions and sites for implementation. Moreover, at each site, the head of the site and the environment & safety manager lead environmental conservation activities based on their Environment and Safety action plans.
Implementation of environmental management systems
The Resonac Group is managing and reducing environmental risks posed to its sites in an appropriate manner by establishing an environmental management system at each site, for which the Group is promoting the acquisition of certification and fostering improvements. We have these management systems regularly assessed by external certification bodies to keep them up to date. Moreover, the systems are implemented at each site by following a PDCA cycle to further promote the related activities.
- * The Resonac Group obtains certification for the environmental management system of each site.
List of sites with certified environmental management systems
Resonac places particular emphasis on the four environmental initiatives listed below and included in our Group’s Code of Conduct – “Our Code of Conduct” Chapter 4 (“Addressing environmental issues”) – that spells out behavioral norms for all employees.
- 1. Pursuing environmental risk management
To identify environmental risks, opportunities, and compliance obligations as well as to ensure that these are addressed reliably and appropriately, we will establish and implement an environmental management system that encompasses implementation systems and resources, education, communication, monitoring and measurement, emergency preparedness and response, and internal audits, and will strive for continuous improvement.
- 2. Responding to climate change [related SDGs: Nos. 7 &13]
We will work to prevent global warming by encouraging energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout product life cycles from design and development to disposal in order to achieve carbon neutrality.
- 3. Realizing recycling-oriented societies [related SDGs: Nos. 6 & 12]
We will work to reduce consumption of natural resources and promote the 3Rs(*) to bring about sustainable, recycling-oriented societies.
(*)3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- 4. Ensuring biodiversity conservation [related SDGs: Nos. 14 & 15]
We will assess our impact on ecosystems and engage in biodiversity conservation activities such as reducing emissions of chemical substances, preventing pollution, and protecting the environment to ensure sustainable use of natural capital such as forests, soil, water, air, and biological resources.
Our goals and measures for FY2023 are as follows.
- *1 KSF=Key Success Factor
- *2 SKSF=Sub Key Success Factor
Reduction of environmental risks
The Resonac Group is implementing the following measures to reduce environmental risks, aiming to achieve zero serious environmental accidents that badly affect human health and the environment*, such as the outflow of chemical substances from company premises and environmental pollution by hazardous substances.
In 2022 we had no serious environmental accidents.
- * Serious environmental accidents: Events that result in damage to human health or the natural environment along with any of the following situations due to the discharge of certain substances beyond the regulatory or agreed standards
1. Ambulance transportation due to physical injury or illness
2. Damage to the lives, business activities and natural environments of third parties
3. Request for assistance made to outside (other than official emergency calls)
4. (Nationwide) media coverage
- Education of employees on latest revision of environmental laws and regulations and internal auditing at each site
- Confirmation of compliance with environmental laws and regulations at each site through Environment and Safety auditing by the head office
- Implementation of environmental risk assessment
- Formulation of a manual on responses to incidents (about how to establish an internal response system including the response headquarters; information communication channels; and about internal and external reporting and information sharing) and organization of drills
- Sharing of environmental accident information across the board
- Promotion of “Active Safety” activities* to prevent the reoccurrence of similar problems based on the analysis of past accidents and problems
- Implementation of measures including surveys in line with the Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act and the ordinances of local governments following the change of land usage or the excavation and transportation of soil from the premises to prevent soil and groundwater contamination
- * Active Safety activities: Activities in which we analyze past incidents and disasters and summarize the lessons learned from them in the “Active Safety checklist,” and then make use of the list to identify related risks and as an educational material to prevent the reoccurrence of similar incidents
Targets and results of KPIs on material issues
Measures against soil contamination
In October 2020, at our production base located in Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture, substances including fluorine were detected in an amount exceeding the regulatory standards in the groundwater flowing beneath the premises. In response we have implemented remediation measures in line with the Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act.
Niigata Minamata disease
Regarding the Niigata Minamata disease, the outbreak of which was officially confirmed in 1965, we acknowledge that it caused great inconvenience to people living around its site, our wastewater caused the pollution of the Agano River. Resonac, in cooperation with the national and local governments, will continue to respond in good faith to the victims of the incident and work to solve the related problems in line with the laws and regulations that provide for compensation to be paid for the damage caused by the pollution.
We have been planning and implementing a range of environmental education programs for all Group companies in Japan. In 2021, we provided training on environmental laws and regulations and training for internal auditors in an online format. We provide such training with a focus on promoting communication through group discussion while checking participants’ level of understanding about the content.
Environmental training held by the head office in 2022
Communication about environmental management
We inform people living around our sites of the details of our environmental management through on-site tours, opinion exchange meetings and the sites’ CSR reports and regularly conduct dialogue meetings with them. We also invite them to share their opinions and comments via the Resonac Group’s hotline.