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Environmental Management

Commitment

Message from the Officer in Charge

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In recent years, there have been various global environmental issues such as climate change due to global warming, marine plastic waste problems caused by illegal dumping of waste, and increasing water risks due to population growth and natural disasters, and efforts to realize a sustainable society are becoming more and more important. In particular, with regard to carbon dioxide emissions, which are a major cause of climate change, the movement toward the realization of a decarbonized society is spreading rapidly around the world, and many countries and companies have declared themselves "Carbon Neutral by 2050”. The Sumitomo Riko Group is also addressing global environmental issues as a matter of urgent importance, and has started environmental conservation activities toward "Carbon Neutrality by 2050," in addition to achieving the environmental target, which is one of the non-financial targets in the 2022 Vision.
As the officer in charge, I will lead the global environmental conservation activities of the Sumitomo Riko Group, contribute to the creation of a safe, secure, and comfortable global environment, and strive to make a company that is trusted by all stakeholders. I would like to ask for your continued support in these endeavors.

Shinichi Waku
Director and Managing Executive Officer

Approach to Environmental Activities

The Sumitomo Riko Group is united in its efforts to become a "Global Excellent Manufacturing Company". In keeping with "We will strive to protect the global environment and to contribute to creating better communities," a commitment articulated in the Sumitomo Riko Group Management Philosophy, we have declared our desire to be a company that contributes to the environment both globally and locally.
To put this commitment in the management philosophy into practice, we have developed an environmental management system and worked to reduce environmental impacts and environmental risks in our business activities. In addition, we have contributed to corporate value enhancement from an environmental perspective by actively pursuing development of environmentally friendly products and technologies that meet environmental regulations.
Furthermore, we declared our commitment to globally engage in more environmentally focused business activities, making “a corporation that contributes to safety, comfort, and the environment for people, society, and the earth” the slogan for Sumitomo Riko Group Vision (2022V), a mid-term management vision formulated in accordance with changes in the business environment in which the Group operates.

Environmental policy

Basic policy

The Sumitomo Riko Group intends to do business always with natural environment preservation in mind sticking to social expectation and rules, and carry out all the activities from product development, design, procurement, sales to waste disposal under the principles of “MOTTAINAI” and “OMOIYARI.” Sumitomo Riko also aims to formulate sustainable society contributing to global environment preservation under the spirit of social contribution.

Action guideline

  1. Make the environmental preservation deep rooted activities in corporate culture and encourage all employees to participate.
  2. Encourage the entire Sumitomo Riko group to be involved in the preservation activities.
  3. Develop Sumitomo Riko's own improvement plan besides complying with environment related regulations imposed by national and municipal governments to lower environmental load.
  4. Establish target and goals for environmental protection and carry them out systematically and continuously.
  5. Make efforts to develop products and a production system with low environmental loads and push forward with more active environmental protection activities.
  6. Disclose environment related information and promote opinion exchange in local community and society.

Environmental Management Structure

Establishment of environmental management systems (ISO14001 certification)

The Sumitomo Riko Group is engaged in ongoing environment improvement activities by building and operating an environmental management system based on ISO14001, the international standard for environmental management systems, at our production sites in Japan and overseas. 11 sites in Japan and 40 sites overseas are now ISO 14001-certified, accounting for 99% of sales of the Group as a whole.
(For the list of ISO14001-certified sites, click here.)

Environmental management organization

Regarding the environmental conservation activities of Sumitomo Riko Group, the CSR Sustainability Committee deliberates and approves the policies and environmental activities of all the group companies.

Figure: Environment Management Structure

Mid-term Vision for Environmental Activities

Regarding global environmental issues, the Paris Agreement, an international framework for climate change countermeasures, calls for activities to reduce greenhouse gases not only by countries but also companies. In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and companies are urged to act at its own initiative to address a range of issues including human rights and safety, in addition to the environment.
In 2022V, our mid-term management vision, we aim for steady growth of the Company until 2022 to pave the way for dramatic growth leading up to 2029 and have revised our environmental targets. We will actively work to reduce waste emissions and other environmental impacts, with a particular focus on CO2 reduction, and to reduce other environmental risks.
We have established the following mid-term environmental targets for fiscal 2022 as well as for fiscal 2020, and are promoting them globally. As for the progress in fiscal 2020, we achieved the targets for waste reduction, but fell short of the target for CO2 reduction.

Mid-term Environmental Targets (2022V) and Targets and Progress in FY2020
ItemsTarget (2022V) FY2020Evaluation
TargetProgress
CO2 reduction8% reduction (compared with the emission intensity in fiscal 2017) 4.8% reduction 0.2% increase Poor
Waste reduction
(Excluding valuable resources)
5% reduction (compared with the emission intensity in fiscal 2017) 3.0% reduction 7.1% reductionGood

※Water risk, which had been one of the targets, was judged to be no short-term risk based on the progress in recycling of wastewater and risk analysis, and was excluded from the 2022V targets.

Environmental Impacts in FY2020

Results and plans for environmental material issues
IssueFY2020 target and resultFY2021 target and plan
Reduction of CO2 emissionsTarget 4.8% reduction of emission intensity compared with FY2017
3.0% reduction of total emissions compared with FY2017
Target 6.4% reduction of emission intensity compared with FY2017
4.0% reduction of total emissions compared with FY2017
Result 0.2% increase of emission intensity: Target not achieved
14.3% reduction of total emissions: Target achieved
PlanImplement the reduction theme without fail and achieve greater reduction through energy-saving diagnostics
Reduction of waste (Excluding valuable resources) emissionsTarget 3.0% reduction of emission intensity compared with FY2017
3.0% reduction of total emissions compared with FY2017
Target4.0% reduction of emission intensity compared with FY2017
4.0% reduction of total emissions compared with FY2017
Result7.1% reduction of emission intensity: Target achieved
20.5% reduction of total emissions: Target achieved
PlanReduce defects, improve yield, and promote recycling waste into valuable resources
Waste recycling rateTargetRecycling rate of 80% or moreTargetRecycling rate of 80% or more
ResultThe target was not reached at 77%PlanContinuous promotion of recycling
Reduction of VOC emissionsTargetReduce emissions in Japan to the level below the results for FY2017TargetReduce emissions in Japan to the level below the results for FY2017
Result 32.9% reduction: Target achievedPlanContinuous execution of the reduction plan
Chemical substance managementTargetRespond to new regulations and continue activities to reduce use of substances subject to controlTargetRespond to new regulations and continue activities to reduce use of substances subject to control
ResultRevise Chemical Substance Procurement Standards, respond to revised CSCL (Japan), continue to respond to EU REACH Regulation, respond to EU Waste Framework Directive, and respond to the revised TSCAPlanResponded to revised CSCL (Japan), continued to respond to EU REACH Regulation, and responded to revised TSCA
Local environmental protectionTargetImplement countermeasures for exhaust, wastewater, odor, etc., for the benefit of communities, and consider and implement measures for purification of soil and groundwater in JapanTargetImplement countermeasures for exhaust, wastewater, odor, etc., for the benefit of communities, and consider and implement measures for purification of soil and groundwater in Japan
ResultSoil and groundwater purification in Japan is in progress. Installation of exhaust gas treatment equipment in China was implemented.PlanMaintain the effect of purification of soil and groundwater in Japan.
  • * The denominator used for calculation of the emission intensity of performance indicators is sales.
  • * Details of each issue are available on the related pages.
Sumitomo Riko Group's material balance

Items for which independent assurance was received are marked with.

Figure: Sumitomo Riko Group's Material Balance
  • *1 Scope of data on energy consumption: Sumitomo Riko, 8 Sumitomo Riko Group companies in Japan, and 43 Sumitomo Riko Group companies overseas
  • *2 Scope of data on raw materials input: Sumitomo Riko and principal consolidated subsidiaries.

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