Through our business activities designed to ensure coexistence with society and nature, we are contributing to the creation of a sustainable society in which people live in harmony with the environment well into the future.

AISIN Consolidated Environmental Policy

In order to realize AISIN’s Corporate Principles, which are based on “Quality First,” our approach is rooted in contributing to society and customers, continuous process of improvement and respect for each and every person. Through business activities centering on MONOZUKURI (manufacturing expertise in value-added products), we contribute to the creation of a sustainable society in which people can coexist in harmony with the environment far into the future.

  1. Establish annual policies based on a long-term vision and carry out continuous improvement and periodical review of the environmental management system toward achieving targeted objectives all over the world.
  2. Promote efficient environmental management linking to original operations, through the sharing of information with the government, customers, local communities, suppliers and our employees, as well as cooperation with consolidated companies.
  3. Promote innovative technology, enrichment of facilities, greater and more enlightened training and awareness by investing adequate management resources.
  4. Promote the development of new earth-friendly products and technologies that take life cycle into account as well as environmentally friendly manufacturing.
  5. In addition to conformity with international standards, law and regulations and pollution control agreements stipulated by respective countries, establish voluntary standards in an effort to prevent pollution.
  6. Minimize usage and waste through resource and energy savings, procurement of materials with minimal environmental impact, logistics streamlining and expansion of recycling activities and other initiatives.
  7. Promote global nature and environmental conservation activities.

Four areas of evolution and priority policy items with a view to 2050

The AISIN Group seeks by 2050 an evolution aimed at achieving zero CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of products, from production and use to waste disposal. By doing so, we believe that it is possible to establish a sustainable society in which people live in harmony with the global environment. The AISIN Group is prepared to mobilize all its business resources to help establish such a society.

Environmental axes Priority policy items
Establishment of
a low-carbon society

Evolution aimed at achieving zero CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of products

  • Promotion and expansion of development of new functional components that can contribute to significant reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Establishment of a clean energy factory system and manufacturing under such system
Establishment of
a recycling-oriented
society

Evolution aimed at achieving zero environmental impact

  • Measures to reduce waste materials
  • Effective use of water resources and promotion of recycling
Establishment of
a society in which people
coexist with nature

Evolution aimed at promoting harmony with nature

  • Adoption of a regional program aimed at preserving biodiversity and sharing of best practices
Fundamental activities

Evolution aimed at globalizing management and communication

  • Establishment and operation of a system to evaluate the consolidated global environmental management system (EMS)

The AISIN Group’s global environmental activities

As the AISIN Group continues to grow, we continue to expand the scope of our environmental activities on a global scale. In addition to environmental activities spearheaded by our 14 main companies both in Japan and overseas, we have also established environmental organizations for each region of the world, working to actively promote environmental activities at the local level. We will continue to work together as a Group to implement environmental activities in the future, maintaining close communication in every direction.

Consolidated structure of the 14 Group companies
Consolidated structure of the 14 Group companies

※ Art Metal MFG is included in the 14 Group companies from fiscal 2018 onwards

Study groups take the lead in the AISIN Group’s environmental activities

Study groups form an essential part of implementing the AISIN Group’s environmental activities globally. We currently have four study groups—Energy-saving, Environmental Conservation, EMS and Products Environmental—all of which consist largely of members from our 14 main companies. These groups are actively working to achieve targets set forth by the AISIN Group in areas such as reducing energy consumption and waste, water management, biodiversity, environmental management, management of chemical substances in products and zero CO2 emissions across product life cycles.

Priority Measures of the Sixth Environmental Action Plan and Results for Fiscal 2017 Targets

Establishment of a low-carbon society

Evolution
Reduction of CO2 emissions to zero over the entire life cycle of the product, from manufacture and use to disposal
Measures FY2017 results

1.Promotion and expansion of development of products with new functions for substantial reduction of CO2 emissions

  • Mass production of lightweight high-strength aluminum battery frames, high-strength aluminum front bumpers and lightweight grille shutters contributing to fuel efficiency with improved heat management and aerodynamic characteristics

2.Increased transparency of factors that become environmental load

  • Exploration of new industry-standard life cycle assessment (LCA) calculation methods and implementation of test assessments

3.Reduction of CO2 emissions from production
[Overseas]
Establishment of a CO2 reduction system similar to the one currently in place for domestic operations
[Domestic]
Maintenance and continuation of the current high-level CO2 reduction system

  • Extension of 15 low cost, easily implemented energy-saving improvement initiatives from Japan to overseas facilities
FY2021 FY2017
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations covered by reduction efforts Item Base
year
Goal Target Result Evaluation
CO2 emissions from production Global operations (Consolidated CO2 emissions from domestic and overseas production) CO2 emissions per sales unit FY2010 20% cut 12% cut 24% cut

4.Establishment of an “AISIN clean-energy factory” and its operation

  • Formulation of scenarios for halving CO2 emissions by 2030 at the four leading AISIN Group companies (AI, AT, AW, AI-A)

5.Enhancement of transportation efficiency in distribution activities
[Overseas]
Improvement of a CO2 reduction system in line with expanding overseas operations
[Domestic]
Continuation of improvement activities through the shared use of specific CO2 reduction methods (improvement know-how)

  • Establishment of a joint transportation system for the AISIN Group through consolidation of short-distance delivery services and utilization of stop-off points
FY2021 FY2017
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations covered by reduction efforts Item Base
year
Goal Target Result Evaluation
CO2 emissions in distribution Domestic consolidated subsidiaries CO2 emissions per sales unit FY2010 11% cut 7% cut 16% cut
Overseas companies Grasping of results

Establishment of a recycling-oriented society

Evolution
Zero environmental load
Measures FY2017 results

6.Effective use of metallic resources during the development stage and all-out efforts to promote recycling

  • Completion of fact-finding survey of metal resources requiring group-wide management, resulting in confirmation that there are no issues at present

7.Promotion of recycling of resources in production and distribution, and consequent reduction of the use of resources
[Production]
Promotion of intra-Group recycling of materials
[Distribution]
Reduction of packaging materials
[Overall]
Shared use of recycling methods and all-out intra-Group efforts to promote such methods

  • More detailed investigation and side-by-side comparison of waste figures at domestic and overseas companies and identification of ideas for recycling into valuable resources
FY2021 FY2017
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations covered by reduction efforts Item Base
year
Goal Target Result Evaluation
Waste
materials
Domestic consolidated subsidiaries Discharge per sales unit FY2010 28% cut 18% cut 30% cut
Overseas companies Basic unit 1% decrease / year FY2016 Among 31 registered companies,
22 companies attained the target.

8.Effective use of water resources and all-out efforts to promote recycling of water resources

  • Evaluation of 158 domestic and overseas production facilities using water stress assessment tools and identification of high-risk areas
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations
covered by reduction efforts
Item
Water Areas where there are many constraints Grasping information on region-by-region safety of water resources by FY2018 and setting numerical targets for FY2021 concerning such safety

Establishment of a society in which people coexist with nature

Evolution
Harmony with nature
Measures FY2017 results

9.Advanced action ahead of the official enforcement of regulations of harmful chemical substances contained in products

  • Implementation of mechanisms to obtain advance information on chemical substances subject to regulations and systems to obtain comprehensive information on materials from suppliers in Japan and deployment of such systems globally

10.All-out efforts to prevent abnormal environmental situations

  • Selection of case examples for risk prediction training to prevent environmental contamination and formulation of related manuals

11.Reduction from production of chemical substances that become environmental load
[Overseas]
Establishment of a reduction system similar to the one that is currently in place for domestic operations
[Domestic]
Maintenance and continuation of the current high-level reduction system

  • Shared access to management tools to make it easier to monitor and manage legal trends
FY2021 FY2017
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations covered by reduction efforts Item Base
year
Goal Target Result Evaluation
VOC Domestic consolidated subsidiaries Discharge per sales unit FY2010 19% cut 12% cut 39% cut
Overseas companies Grasping of results

12.Implementation of regional programs aimed at preserving biodiversity

  • Implementation of nature conservation activities in three regions (Aichi, Hokuriku and Hokkaido)

Fundamental activities that cover all themes

Measures FY2017 results

13.Reinforcement of environmental compliance through the establishment of a system to centralize the collection of relevant information

  • Assistance for individual companies reviewing environmental manuals and publication of a consolidated AISIN EMS manual to ensure compliance with revisions to the ISO 14001 standard

14.Establishment and operation of a global consolidated EMS evaluation system

  • Establishment of regional environmental committees in Thailand and India, following on from committees in North America, China and Europe

15.Reinforcement of environmental management regarding supply chains and promotion of environmental activities in collaboration with suppliers

  • Publication of AISIN Group Green Procurement Guidelines aimed at strengthening environmental activities in conjunction with AISIN Group companies and suppliers

16.Reinforcement of environmental education to develop globally competitive human resources

  • Clarification of environmental human resources required by the AISIN Group and announcement of human resources development vision and framework for 2020

17.Promotion of social contribution activities in the field of the environment in cooperation with local communities

  • Participation in the Light-Down Campaign at all domestic AISIN Group affiliates

18.Enhancement of communication with various stakeholders in the field of environment

  • Organization of events including the AISIN Group Consolidated Environmental Symposium and AISIN GROUP Eco-spot Tours in order to improve understanding of the Group’s environmental activities

19.Worldwide management of office environment

  • Sharing issues relating to office activities based on benchmarks at other companies