Environmental Management(Eco-Management)

DENSO has shared DENSO Eco Vision 2025 with all Group companies and is promoting environmental initiatives in all facets of its business activities

Promotion Structure

DENSO’s Companywide Safety, Health, and Environment Committee, chaired by the representative director and senior executive officer and attended by senior management, presidents of overseas regional headquarters, and persons responsible for environmental management at Group companies, meets twice a year. The committee formulates policies, examines the state of progress in related activities, and discusses specific issues and their solutions.

DENSO has established the Energy Subcommittee, the Logistics Subcommittee, the Clean Products Subcommittee, and the Production Environment Subcommittee, which serve under the Companywide Safety, Health, and Environment Committee. These subcommittees are involved in formulating policies for addressing and responding to issues in each business field. At the same time, these subcommittees collaborate with all relevant divisions to promote efforts on a Companywide basis.

Companywide Safety, Health, and Environment Committee Organization

  • Environment Committee Organization

Specific Initiatives

Promoting Consolidated Environmental Management

The DENSO Group shares environmental policies and guidelines with consolidated environmental management companies expand consolidated environmental management practices.

To steadily move forward with environmental initiatives on a global scale, we are promoting a global structure that centers on six regions: Japan, North America, Europe, Greater Asia, China, and South America. In addition, we have appointed environmental managers at all regional headquarters. Furthermore, we hold meetings of the Global Safety and Environment Committee every year, where we confirm the progress of Eco Vision 2025 and work to resolve any issues. Also, each Group company formulates yearly plans and promotes activities aimed at reaching the targets of Eco Vision 2025. As an effort to check and take action in terms of environmental management on a consolidated basis, we carry out an environmental evaluation of each Group company, both in Japan and overseas. This evaluation aims to enhance the level of environmental management on a local basis by confirming the status of these companies’ efforts to respond to environmental risks and reduce environmental burden (CO2 emissions, waste production, etc.), as well as their activities that contribute to the environment and society as a whole.

Acquisition of ISO 14001 Certification and Implementation of Environmental Inspections

DENSO has acquired ISO 14001 certification, which is an international standard for environmental management systems, at all of its 73 production companies in Japan and overseas and works to maintain and update this certification. In 2010, to strengthen control and increase efficiency, we integrated environmental management systems at 12 facilities in Japan and acquired integrated certification. In 2016, we completed early transition to the fiscal 2016 version of ISO 14001. Also, in 2020 we commenced unified certification with domestic Group companies.

Going forward, we will expand the scope of our unified certification and step up our efforts to maintain and improve certifications based on the integrated management system.

Environmental Risk Management

We have established DENSO Safety, Health and Environmental Standards (DAS) that extend beyond the environmental regulations of the countries and regions in which we operate and apply them to environmental management both in Japan and overseas. We have identified environmental risks, which include environmental accidents, pollution, and violations of applicable laws, based on the location and business scope of each of our plants. This information is used to prevent and minimize risk.

In particular, we reconfirm compliance with laws and regulations related to wastewater and gas emissions in excess of voluntary criteria, leaks of oils and chemical substances, pollution of soil and groundwater, noise and bad odors, and waste disposal and recycling. At the same time, we have reformulated operating and management regulations for industrial specialty gases (specified high-pressure gases and semiconductor gases), chemical substances, and chemicals, and are working to prevent accidents affecting employees and the region.

Regarding complaints from surrounding areas, we strive to prevent any abnormalities, and in the event that an abnormality occurs, we make every effort to minimize the impact and accurately disclose information. Further, we conduct annual emergency response drills in addition to maintaining daily inspection, monitoring, and measurements.

Also, in fiscal 2021, there were no major infractions or lawsuits pertaining to environment-related laws.

Management of Chemical-Related Risks

We are working to visualize the level of environmental impact (risk) that the chemical substances emitted from our plants have. We are also introducing eco-friendly production processes. Through these measures, we are contributing to the conservation of the global environment.

Background, objective

  • Background, objective

Action, concept

  • Action, concept

Progress of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Reduction (DENSO CORPORATION)

  • Progress of VOC reduction

Building Green Partnerships within the Supply Chain

DENSO procures materials and components from various suppliers that are active in a wide range of fields. Based on our previously established, globally shared Green Procurement Guideline, we have worked with our suppliers to promote environmental initiatives. These initiatives have helped reduce the environmental burden throughout the entire life cycle of our products. They have also promoted the effective use of resources and energy across the entire Group.

Since fiscal 2018, we have carried out an annual self-assessment to confirm the amount of CO2 reduction in our supply chain and identify water-related risks.

Steady Response to Regulations on Chemicals

To minimize significant health and environmental risks that stem from manufacturing and using chemicals, regulations related to chemicals have become more stringent in each country around the world. Examples of this include Japan’s Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.,*1 Europe’s End-of-Life Vehicles Directive,*2 and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.*3 To respond to such regulations, DENSO has been collaborating with its suppliers to establish and operate frameworks for managing chemical substances.

*1 Act calling for the curbing of environmental pollution by chemical substances that can be harmful to people’s health and which have the potential to affect flora and fauna growth and damage the natural habitats thereof

*2 Effective October 2000, European Union directive pertaining to the treatment of end-of-life vehicles and stipulating that vehicles put on the market after July 2003 contain no harmful chemical substances as a general rule

*3 Regulation necessitating the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemical substances