Philosophy and Policy for Safety and Environmental Activities
Responsible Care refers to a voluntary initiative by businesses that manufacture or handle chemical substances to achieve continuous improvement in health, safety, and environmental (HSE) performance across the entire life cycle of such substances-from development and manufacture, through distribution and use, and ending in final consumption or disposal−based on the principles of independent decision-making and personal responsibility. These businesses publicly commit to Responsible Care in their business policies, implement HSE−related actions, and strive to improve their HSE performance.
At Zeon, we have practiced the Responsible Care philosophy as a member of the Japan Responsible Care Council (now the Japan Chemical Industry Association Responsible Care Committee) since its inception in 1995. In 1998, we established our own Responsible Care Policy to define our conduct guidelines based on the Responsible Care philosophy.
Established in 2001, our Environmental Philosophy guides our efforts to deliver products with consistent quality through safe and reliable production while reducing our environmental impacts.
- 1Environmental protection is a mission of a socially responsible organization
- 2Our basic belief is that environmental protection can be achieved with innovative technology
- 3Environmental protection will be achieved when all employees work together with a sense of mission to overcome challenges
Responsible Care Policy
- 1Prioritize the environment and safety
Protecting the environment and ensuring safety are preconditions for all business activities and are the most important priorities. We will work continuously to enact full accident prevention countermeasures, and provide education and training for all employees to prevent safety and environmental accidents.
- 2Collect and distribute the latest information on chemical products
We will collect, store and manage the latest information required for the appropriate handling, use and disposal of chemical products, and distribute this information to employees and users.
- 3Minimize the discharge of toxic chemicals and waste
We will work to reduce the discharge of hazardous chemical substances, minimize waste, and develop technology for recycling and reusing materials.
- 4Promote activities for conserving resources and energy
We will aim to dramatically reduce the amount of energy we use and help alleviate global warming by developing innovative technology and actively promoting resource and energy conservation activities that involve all employees.
- 5Take the environment and safety into account when developing new processes and products and performing quality assurance
We will perform thorough environmental and safety evaluations from the initial stages of research, develop technology and products that take the environment and safety into account, and work to maintain and improve the quality of technology and products.
- 6Live together with society
We will strictly observe regulations related to the environment and safety, whether the regulations come from the local community, the national government, overseas, or organizations to which we belong. While cooperating in these activities, we will work to enhance our communication with the local community and society in order to convey a better understanding of Zeon's activities and further strengthen the trust that society has in our company.
- 7Perform continuous improvements
We will continuously improve our environment safety management and technology by operating a Responsible Care Audit, the Safety Management System, an Environment Management System based on ISO14001, and an Occupational Health and Safety Management System.
Targets and Results
We procure raw materials for chemical substances, and consume energy and water resources in the production and sales of our material and chemical substance products. While emitting substances that impact water and atmospheric environments is unavoidable in product manufacturing, we are implementing an ongoing cycle of improvements to minimize these emissions.
The targets and results of our environmental conservation initiatives as part of our Responsible Care activities are as follows.
|Enterprise Blueprint for 2020
To meet the expectations of society
|Details of current activities
(■： Completed, △： Ongoing)
|Future initiatives and targets|
Further improving how society sees us by reducing our environmental impact and promoting energy conservation
△ Reduce emissions of hazardous substances, reduce impacts on atmospheric and water environments, and conduct PRTR activities
FY 2019 results
Climate change mitigation and adaptation
△ Respond to the CDP and improve response to raise CDP evaluation
There were no environmental irregularities in FY 2019*.
Zeon Corporation worksites in Japan continue to maintain zero industrial waste emissions, which were first achieved in FY 2011. Zeon Group companies achieved the target of 0.3% final landfill volume based on the FY 2007 volume of more than 600 tons. We will continue to maintain this final landfill rate.
We will continue to reduce our unit energy consumption and CO2 emissions targeting an average reduction of 1% per year.
- *Environmental incidents
Defined in internal regulations as the failure to meet environment-related rules and regulations and voluntary standards as well as situations in which standards were met but may not have been if regular measures had been taken. And, when there is no set standard, any instance a complaint is received or could have been received if the situation had been left unattended.
CSR Report 2020
The CSR Report provides more detailed information on FY 2019 initiatives.