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 implements appropriate measures.
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.
Since fiscal 2016, we added the drainage amount for each destination. Also, we present energy usage in joules (J).
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 2016, 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.
Data revealed that similar to last year Category 1 "Purchased goods and services" account for a large portion of CO2 emissions.
For next fiscal year and beyond, we intend to continue to calculate and disclose data in other categories and improve accuracy of data in the categories disclosed this year as part of our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the 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 82% 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 2016, water usage increased slightly compared to fiscal 2015 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 39% compared to fiscal 2005.
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). We identified the risks facing each of the regions in which the Group operates based on studies using the WRI Aqueduct* tool, and we compiled these risks into charts. The results indicate the risks of each plant remain unchanged from last year. Going forward, we will continue working to preserve water resource more effectively.
*A tool developed and published by the WRI (World Resources Institute) to provide information about water-related risks.
Medium-term Environmental Targets and 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.
In particular, with regard to lowering greenhouse gases, we have been participating in the Japan Business Federation's Low Carbon Society Action Plan under the auspices of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) since 2010. We are now working on revising our medium-term plan given the government's draft commitment for fiscal 2030 under the Paris Agreement. Our results for fiscal 2016 and plan for fiscal 2017 are presented in the figure below.
In fiscal 2015, we revised the fiscal 2020 targets set for our overseas sites given the impacts of the Vaupell Group of companies that joined our environmental management initiatives. In fiscal 2016, we continued to make efforts toward achieving our environmental targets.