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.

Environmental 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.

Environmental Philosophy (Established August 2001)
  1. 1Environmental protection is a mission of a socially responsible organization
  2. 2Our basic belief is that environmental protection can be achieved with innovative technology
  3. 3Environmental protection will be achieved when all employees work together with a sense of mission to overcome challenges

Responsible Care Policy

Responsible Care Policy (Established June 1998)
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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
△ Improve energy conservation in Responsible Care audits, the Safety Management System, the Environment Management System based on ISO 14001, and the Energy Conservation Implementation Committee△ Develop and launch products that contribute to reducing environmental impacts and conserving energy (including S-SBR for fuel-efficient tires, low-temperature fixing toners, cleaning solvents and etching gases with zero ozone depletion potential, and binders for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries)
△ Green procurement activities (check whether substances contain banned substances and substances that are regulated by laws and regulations and the RoHS Directive, etc.)

FY 2019 results

  • Zero environmental incidents
  • Reducing environmental impacts
    • Per-unit energy consumption: -15% over the previous fiscal year
      -32% compared with FY 1990 (annual average of -1.1%)
    • Per-unit CO2 emissions: -1% over the previous fiscal year
      -42% compared with FY 1990 (annual average of -2.2%)
  1. 1Implement activities group-wide to reduce environmental load
  2. 2Conduct environmental management using the multiple systems noted on the left
  3. 3Research and development that address environmental issues faced by society
  4. 4Examine the sustainability of resource procurement including oil and water

Climate change mitigation and adaptation

△ Respond to the CDP and improve response to raise CDP evaluation

  1. 1Set environmental impact reduction targets based on scenario analysis in the TCFD response, and take actions to realize the targets

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.