Environment
Suppliers and Other Trade Partners, Employees, Local Communities, Global Environment
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Environmental Communication

Based on the conviction that sharing information is essential for stimulating environmental protection activities, Sumitomo Riko has been striving to promote smooth internal communication and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues.

All-Company Environmental Meeting

Sumitomo Riko holds an All-Company Environmental Meeting twice a year, attended by all employees, from the President down. The objectives of these meetings are to communicate management’s environmental commitments and raise awareness of environmental protection activities among employees.
June 2020 was just after the lifting of the state of emergency declaration due to the novel coronavirus, but we were able to avoid cancelling the meeting by thoroughly exercising infection prevention measures and holding it across multiple venues with small numbers of attendees at each one. Video of the meeting was also live streamed to all employees and recorded for later viewing.

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Scenes from the All-Company Environmental Meeting

Environment Month

Sumitomo Riko had previously designated September as Environment Month, during which we conducted original events and activities, but we have since changed it to June to align it with the Environment Month proposed by the Ministry of the Environment. We hold various events for the promotion of environmental protection activities during the month, with a focus on June 5, which is designated as Environment Day under Japan’s Basic Environment Act and as World Environment Day by the United Nations.

Main events during Environment Month

  • All-Company Environmental Meeting
  • Environmental seminars by experts (held every year)
  • Environment-related activities at each plant
  • Publication of Management News
  • Posters to raise awareness

Environmental Protection Case Studies and Related Commendations

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Commemorative photo of environmental risk reduction award recipients
TRJ (China)

We introduced a system for gathering information on notable environmental protection initiatives and making related commendations and awards to raise employees' awareness of environmental protection and their motivation.
For the annual awards in fiscal 2019, 74 initiatives from across the Sumitomo Riko Group were considered, of which 11 were commended for excellence. For knowledge sharing and horizontal deployment, we compile information on these initiatives and distribute it to the business units.

Environmental Education & Training

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Lecture delivered at Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry seminar (Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute)

Environmental protection is a fundamental responsibility of business activities. In the course of education and training, we take every opportunity to raise trainees' awareness of the importance of environmental protection and encourage them to be proactively involved in environmental protection. We have enriched the environmental education content of our human resources training programs.
In January 2020, we delivered a lecture at the FY2019 Seminar on the Limitation of VOC and Mercury Emissions and the Promotion of Appropriate Treatment or Waste Containing PCBs, hosted by the Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, in which we presented examples of the reduction of VOC at Sumitomo Riko.

Examples of External Awards

Environmental Governance Award (Thailand)

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Certificate of commendation from IEAT SRK-CP (Thailand)

SumiRiko Chemical and Plastic Products (Thailand) Ltd. received the Environmental Governance (Green Star) Award 2017 from the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) for being a company with excellent environmental, safety, and CSR activities. IEAT, a state enterprise under the Ministry of Industry, is responsible for the development and establishment of industrial zones and for the provision of public utilities and infrastructure to them, and for their total operation and management.

Modal Shift Awards (Japan)

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Commemorative photo at external award presentation ceremony, SRK-L (Komaki)

In recognition of its efforts in achieving a modal shift to marine transport, including the transport of automotive hoses and other products by ferry, SumiRiko Logitech Company Limited (Komaki, Aichi Prefecture) received the FY2019 Award for Excellent Business Entities Working on Modal Shift in the 6th Modal Shift Awards of the Japan Association for Logistics and Transport in November 2019. It was also selected as an FY2019 Eco Ship Mark Excellent Business Entity by the Eco-ship and Modal Shift Project Organizing Committee in late February 2020 and received the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Maritime Bureau Director-General’s Award.

Environmental Communication with Group Companies

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Global environmental audit, TCT (Tianjin, China)

In order to eliminate environmental risks of Group companies in Japan and overseas, the Sumitomo Riko Group periodically visits sites and inspects the state of compliance with environmental laws and regulations, as well as that of environmental protection and management at the sites. These inspection visits began in 2016, and in fiscal 2019, we visited eight sites in Japan, three sites in China, seven sites in Europe, and four sites in the Americas, where we performed inspections and provided advice for improvements.

Sharing Information with Local Communities

The Komaki and Matsusaka Plants, both located adjacent to residential areas, hold regular liaison meetings with the local community associations in order to promote mutual understanding and harmonious coexistence with the communities through dialogue and other means of communication. Information on environmental issues is exchanged at these meetings.

Environmental Protection Activities in Local Communities

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Mount Fuji clean-up campaign (Fuji-Susono Plant)

Sumitomo Riko is vigorously participating in environmental protection activities in local communities, including forest thinning in the Sumitomo Riko Forest initiative (Komaki Plant), the clean-up campaign of the roads around the plant (Matsusaka Plant), and the Mount Fuji clean-up campaign to clean the peripheral road (Fuji-Susono Plant).

Go to Contribution to the Promotion of Coexistence with the Natural Environment page

GRI Standards Comparison

DisclosuresLocations
GRI 301:Materials 2016
301-1 Materials used by weight or volume Environmental Management Sumitomo Riko Group's Material Balance
301-2 Recycled input materials used Not available Not available
301-3 Reclaimed products and their packaging materials Waste Reduction Waste Reduction Initiatives
GRI 302:Energy 2016
302-1 Energy consumption within the organization Environmental Management
Climate Change Countermeasures
Sumitomo Riko Group's Material BalanceInitiatives to Reduce CO2 Emissions at Our Business Sites
302-2 Energy consumption outside of the organization Climate Change Countermeasures Initiatives to Reduce CO2 Emissions at Our Business Sites
302-3 Energy intensity Climate Change Countermeasures Initiatives to Reduce CO2 Emissions at Our Business Sites
302-4 Reduction of energy consumption Climate Change Countermeasures Initiatives to Reduce CO2 Emissions at Our Business Sites
302-5 Reductions in energy requirements of products and services Climate Change Countermeasures Initiatives for CO2 Reduction in Logistics
GRI 303:Water and Effluents 2018
303-1 Interactions with water as a shared resource Not available Not available
303-2 Management of water discharge-related impacts Environmental Performance Data (Fiscal 2019) Environmental Performance Data of Plants
303-3 Water withdrawal Water Consumption Reduction Water Consumption Reduction Initiatives
303-4 Water discharge Not available Not available
303-5 Water consumption Not available Not available
GRI 304:Biodiversity 2016
304-1 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas Environmental Protection Biodiversity
304-2 Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity Not available Not available
304-3 Habitats protected or restored Environmental Protection Contribution to the Promotion of Coexistence with the Natural Environment
304-4 IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations Not available Not available
GRI 305:Emissions 2016
305-1 Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions Climate Change Countermeasures Breakdown of CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain
305-2 Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions Climate Change Countermeasures Breakdown of CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain
305-3 Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions Climate Change Countermeasures Breakdown of CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain
305-4 GHG emissions intensity Climate Change Countermeasures Initiatives to Reduce CO2 Emissions at Our Business Sites
305-5 Reduction of GHG emissions Climate Change Countermeasures Example of Reduction in CO2 Emission
305-6 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) Management of Chemical Substances Appropriate Management of Ozone-depleting Substances
305-7 Nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), and other significant air emissions Environmental Performance Data (Fiscal 2019) Environmental Performance Data of Plants
Management of Chemical Substances Initiatives for Reduction of Air Pollutants
GRI 306:Effluents and Waste 2016
306-1 Water discharge by quality and destination Environmental Performance Data (Fiscal 2019) Environmental Performance Data of Plants
306-2 Waste by type and disposal method Environmental Management Sumitomo Riko Group's Material Balance
Waste Reduction Waste Reduction Initiatives
306-3 Significant spills Environmental Protection Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
306-4 Transport of hazardous waste Not available Not available
306-5 Water bodies affected by water discharges and/or runoff Environmental Protection Purification of Soil and Groundwater
GRI 307:Environmental Compliance 2016
307-1 Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations Environmental Protection Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
GRI 308:Supplier Environmental Assessment 2016
308-1 New suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria CSR Activities on Supply Chain Environmentally Conscious Procurement
308-2 Negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken Not available Not available

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