DENSO has shared DENSO Eco Vision 2025 with all Group companies and is promoting environmental initiatives in all facets of its business activities
DENSO’s Environment Committee, chaired by the vice president 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 Eco Products Subcommittee, the Eco Factory Subcommittee, and the Eco-Friendly Subcommittee, which serve under the Environmental 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.
Environment Committee Organization
Promoting Consolidated Environmental Management
The DENSO Group shares environmental policies and guidelines with consolidated environmental management companies* to expand consolidated environmental management.
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 three times a 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 140001 Certification and Implementation of Environmental Inspections
DENSO has acquired, maintains, and updates its ISO 14001 certification, which represents an international standard for environmental management systems. 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.
In addition, we promote certification at each Group company, renew certifications, and engage daily in maintenance and improvements based on the integrated management system.
Expanding Environmental Inspection and Improvement Activities across the Group ISO 14001 Environmental Inspection (DENSO CORPORATION)
As part of the environmental management system’s PDCA cycle, we employ internal and external audits to inspect ongoing improvements of activities and the reliability of environmental data.
DENSO is working to increase the accuracy of inspections carried out under the internal audit system through self-audits with approximately 400 items, as well as a system of mutual audits by which plants can check one another’s operations. We also extract best practices when performing audits and post outstanding examples on the corporate intranet to improve such activities.
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 emphasize risks such as 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 compliance with laws and regulations related to 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, 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 2019, 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.
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 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.