Policy on Responsible Care Activities
In all its operations, Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. will contribute to the sustainable development of society while promoting business activities by meeting the highest standards of the Responsible Care concept and giving due consideration to environmental preservation, human health and safety as well as product quality.
- Evaluate the safety, health, and environmental aspects throughout the entire life cycle of a product, from product design to the procurement of raw materials through disposal, strive to minimize the environmental impact of our corporate activities, and undertake to develop safer products and technologies;
- Make sustained, group-wide efforts to promote resource and energy conservation, waste reduction and biodiversity conservation;
- Perform Environmental, Safety & Health Audit and Quality Assurance Audit as well as work to maintain and improve systems for managing environmental protection, safety promotion and disaster prevention, worker safety and health, and quality management;
- Comply with all relevant laws, regulations and agreements associated with safety, health, the environment, and chemicals while autonomously establishing administrative rules with the aim of strengthening management capacity, so as to improve environmental, health and safety conditions for society, customers, and employees;
- Work to ensure and improve the safety of raw materials, products, transportation operations and process safety, and provide product safety information to employees, customers, and others;
- Promote continuous improvement in security over facilities, processes and technologies, and implement operational safety management programs to ensure the safety and health of employees and residents of local communities;
- Publicly disclose information on the environment, safety and products to and promote dialog with interested parties such as customers, employees and residents of local communities, so as to identify their needs and deepen mutual understanding and trusting relationship.
- In order to ensure environmental preservation, human health and safety as well as product quality, provide employees with training to develop necessary human resources for that end.
Our company relies upon the earth's natural resources and energy in order to do business. However, doing business will generate garbage and air and water emissions. For this reason, we believe it is important for the Company to adhere to environmental laws and regulations, conduct business in an environmentally friendly manner and engage in initiatives that reduce the environmental impact on the entire society through our products and services.
The entire our group works to conserve the environment under its Responsible Care Policy, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the development of a sustainable society.
To actively reduce environmental impacts, conserve biodiversity, and prevent soil and groundwater pollution, our Responsible Care Committee and Environmental Impact Reduction Committee take the lead in conducting environmental assessments throughout the entire life cycle, from R&D to raw materials procurement, production, sales and final disposal. Based on the results, each workplace and work site take appropriate actions.
The figure below shows inputs, including raw materials and energy, and outputs that are products and emissions released into the environment.
The Group is working to minimize its impact on the environment by means of waste reduction and resource saving through promoting more efficient use of raw materials, energy, and water.
From fiscal 2017, we added the amount of CO2 emissions generated when waste liquid generated from the plants is burned.
Disclosure of Scope 3 Data
In 2015, our group began calculating and disclosing Scope 3 emissions in the supply chain of business sites belonging to Group companies in Japan because of the growing importance of understanding CO2 emissions covering the entire supply chain.
For fiscal 2017, similar to last year we disclosed data for a total of eight categories including Category 1 “Purchased goods and services.” In addition, as with last year, it was also confirmed that three categories including Category 8 “Upstream leased assets” are not applicable.
Similar to fiscal 2016, Category 1 “Purchased goods and services” account for a large portion of CO2 emissions. In fiscal 2018 and onward, we will continue to calculate and disclose data on other categories and work to increase the accuracy of the data for categories disclosed on this occasion, as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce CO2 emissions across the entire supply chain.
Conservation of Water Resources
Our group’s plants and offices use underground water (well water), water from waterworks, and industrial water. In Japan, the rate of ground water usage is high, while overseas the rate of waterworks is relatively higher. The water used in our plants in Japan accounts for 84% of the water used by the entire Group.
The Group has been continuously working over the years to reduce the amount of water it uses through such measures as increasing the cyclic use of cooling water. In fiscal 2017, water usage increased slightly compared to fiscal 2016 due to increased usage of cooling water owing to increased production at the Shizuoka Plant, which accounts for a large percentage of the Group’s water usage in Japan, but overall, water usage by the Group in Japan and overseas has been reduced 35% compared to fiscal 2005.
Assessment of Water-Related Risk in Fiscal 2017
From fiscal 2015, we began surveying the regional watershed risk of all major plants in the Group (11 sites in Japan and 24 sites overseas). In fiscal 2017, we made changes to risk levels based on the results of studies using the WRI Aqueduct*1 tool and the results of independent studies performed by each business site. We compiled the results into a table that contains the risks facing each of the regions in which the Group operates. Using these results, going forward we will continue working to preserve water resources more effectively.
- *1: A tool providing information on water risks developed and published by the World Resources Institute (WRI).
Medium- to Long-term Environmental Targets and Review of Results
Medium- to Long-term Environmental Targets (For Fiscal 2020) and Review of Results
In fiscal 2009, our company drew up a medium- to long-term environmental plan up to fiscal 2020, and since then we have been implementing activities under this plan. We have already met our CO2 emissions target for Japan, and are working to reduce emissions even further. However, we found there are insufficiencies in terms of complying with the Japanese government’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) for fiscal 2030 under the Paris Agreement concluded at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21.
We also determined that our targets for fiscal 2020 fell short of the effective response needed for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given this situation, we carried out a review of results under our current medium- to long-term environmental targets a full three years ahead of schedule in order to enable us to carry out more effective activities within a new framework.
New Medium- to Long-term Environmental Targets and Results
Establishment of New Medium- to Long-term Environmental Targets (up to 2030)
Taking into account the results of the review and the following trends in Japan and overseas, we have established a new medium- to long-term plan ending in fiscal 2030.
- Response to long-term development needs shared by the international community with 2030 as the target year established in the SDGs approved at the UN Summit in September 2015.
- Response to the greenhouse gas reduction target for fiscal 2030 indicated in the Japanese government’s INDC in COP21.
- Response to the Act on the Rational Use of Energy and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures.
In addition, we are focusing our efforts on the reduction of greenhouse gas (CO2 emissions) linked with the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)’s Commitment to a Low Carbon Society, which we have participated in through the Japan Chemical Industry Association. Furthermore, as we have done in the past, we have set targets for reducing material loss (waste and valuable materials) and chemical substances emissions, are promoting initiatives to systematically reduce environmental impacts.