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.

Environmental Management

The entire Sumitomo Bakelite 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.

Environmental Management System Diagram

Material Flows

The figure below shows inputs, including raw materials and energy, and outputs that are products and emissions released into the environment. Since fiscal 2015, data from the Vaupell Group of companies is included in the tabulation of inputs and outputs. 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.

Disclosure of Scope 3 Data

In view of the increasing importance of grasping CO2 emissions data throughout the supply chain, we have started calculation and disclosure of Scope 3 data concerning our supply chain.

In fiscal 2015, in addition to the five categories used in the year before, we have disclosed results for Category 2, "Capital Goods"; Category 5, "Waste generated in operations"; and Category 15, "Investments." We will continue to calculate and disclose data.

CO2 Emissions in Certain Categories of Scope 3* and Other Scopes (Domestic Sites)

Understanding Water Risk

Our plants use ground water (well water), water from the water works, and industrial water. In Japan, the rate of ground water usage is high while overseas, the rate of water works supply is relatively higher. The water used in plants in Japan accounts for 81% of all water used in the Group.

From fiscal 2015, we began surveying the regional watershed risk of all major plants in the Group. We found that four plants in SE Asia and one in North America had risk levels deemed to be “high.” Based on the survey results, we are working to preserve water resources more effectively.

Assessment of Water-Related Risk

Medium-term Environmental Targets and Fiscal 2015 Results

In fiscal 2009, we implemented a new medium- to long-term plan covering the period through fiscal 2020, and are promoting activities based on it.

Since 2010, we have been participating in the Keidanren’s Low Carbon Society Action Plan under the auspices of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) and are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Results for fiscal 2015 and the plan for fiscal 2016 are shown in the graphs below.

From fiscal 2015, in light of the influence of the Vaupell Group which incorporated environmental management, we have revised our fiscal 2020 targets for our overseas plants.

Message from NPO Earthwatch Institute

We would particularly like companies involved in the chemical industry to be deeply and continuously interested in issues such as the prevention of global warming and reduction of biodiversity. Your further efforts to reduce environmental impacts are indispensable.

I would like to ask all of your employees, through participating in the volunteer activities of Earthwatch to help researchers with field surveys, to recognize how time passes in the natural world and the way things are connected and circulated in ecosystems.

Anyone can volunteer, and I hope that you deepen your understanding of biodiversity and environmental sustainability through working as a volunteer, and use that understanding to assess your businesses and to exercise the kind of leadership that can influence your stakeholders as well.

Tomoko Nunoi
Executive Director
NPO Earthwatch Institute

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