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Environmental Policy

AISIN Consolidated Environmental Policy

AISIN Consolidated Environmental Policy

In order to realize AISIN’s business ideals, which are based on “Quality First,” our approach is rooted in how we can benefit society and our customers, making constant improvements and placing importance on each individual. 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 environment-friendly manufacturing.
  5. In addition to conformity with international standards, laws 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.

We are undertaking initiatives in environmental management by ensuring the full awareness and understanding of this policy among all our employees working at business sites worldwide, along with actively disclosing the status of such activities.

Long-term perspective toward 2050

The AISIN Group has formulated its Sixth AISIN Consolidated Environmental Action Plan, providing environmental action guidelines for the period between fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2021 in order to promote actions from a long-term perspective toward 2050. We have set priority environmental policy items, specific measures to be implemented and environmental goals in different fields based on the four environmental axes* adopted under the fifth action plan, with the intention of evolving them into a comprehensive management system.

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

The AISIN Group seeks by 2050 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.

For evolution aimed at achieving zero environmental impact, we will make effective use of resources and promote recycling as before, and we will also begin activities for using precious water resources to mitigate increasing global risks posed in particular by water shortages and water contamination.

For evolution aimed at promoting harmony with nature, we will further expand and link activities that we have been implementing, including ecosystem protection, preservation of rare species, tree-planting, study of living creatures and environmental learning together with local communities and Group companies.

For evolution aimed at globalizing management and communication, we will enhance cooperation within the AISIN Group on a global basis and deepen communication with customers and local communities in an effort to raise our level of environmental management.

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 See diagram below

  • 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

In addition to 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

Evolution aimed at globalizing management and communication

Evolution aimed at globalizing management and communication

  • Establishment and operation of a system to evaluate the consolidated global environmental management system (EMS)
Evolution aimed at achieving zero CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of products
Evolution aimed at achieving zero CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of products

Priority Measures and Goals of the Sixth Environmental Action Plan

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 Implementation items, goals
1.
Promotion and expansion of development of products with new functions for substantial reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Development of auto parts for clean-energy vehicles (PHV and FC)
  • Development of high-performance powertrains and technologies to increase fuel efficiency by making car bodies lighter
  • Development of next-generation energy systems (use of fuel cells and biofuels)
  • Development of environmentally friendly products (buildings, household goods and others) that reflect the characteristics of each business field, and acceleration of development of such products
2.
Increased transparency of factors that become environmental load
  • Application of life cycle assessment (LCA), which evaluates the environmental performance of products at all stages, from manufacturing and use to disposal, to all products, and group-wide promotion of LCA
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
  • Promotion of CO2 reduction through daily improvement activities and introduction of
    energy-saving technologies, and all-out efforts to reduce energy loss through the utilization of waste heat and prevention of leakage of such heat
  • Application of domestic energy-saving measures and technologies to global operations
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions through the shared use of an energy management method
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions through a cut in defective products, which results in materials being reduced
Reduction coverage Scope of business operations
covered by reduction efforts
Item Base year Goal
CO2 emissions from production Global operations (Consolidated
CO2 emissions from domestic and
overseas production)
CO2 emissions per sales unit FY2010 20% cut
4.
Establishment of an “AISIN clean-energy factory” and its operation
  • Introduction of innovative energy-saving technologies and use of renewable energy sources at model factories
  • Formulation of a roadmap for applying a clean-energy system to overseas factories
  • Active use of renewable energy sources and energy-saving technologies at existing factories
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 know-how)
  • Joint transportation, improvement of load rate and expanded use of transportation means with less environmental impact
  • Extraction of cases in which greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced in inter-region distribution activities (from Japan to overseas areas) and formulation of a roadmap for implementing reduction measures under such cases
  • Grasping of situation regarding distribution-related CO2 emissions in each country
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations
covered by reduction efforts
Item Base year Goal
CO2 emissions in
distribution
Domestic consolidated subsidiaries CO2 emissions per sales unit FY2010 11% cut
Overseas companies Grasping of results
Establishment of a recycling-oriented society
Evolution
Zero environmental load
Measures Implementation items, goals
6.
Effective use of metallic resources during the development stage and all-out efforts to promote recycling
  • Reduction of use of metallic resources and promotion of design aimed at improving the rate of reuse
  • Grasping of information regarding constraints on procurement of metallic resources and risks of depletion of such resources, and promotion of response action based on know-how accumulated under the previous implementation framework
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
  • Development of recycling technologies to be applied to all AISIN Group companies and promotion of such technologies
    ・Transformation of used resources into valuable resources through mutual consignment between Group companies
  • Reduction of use of packaging materials
    ・Application of waste-reducing methods and technologies used domestically to global operations
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations
covered by reduction efforts
Item Base year Goal
Waste materials Domestic consolidated subsidiaries Discharge per sales unit FY2010 28% cut
Overseas companies Management of intensity figures by each company FY2016 5% cut
8.
Effective use of water resources and all-out efforts to promote recycling of water resources
  • Stabilization of region-to-region water supply,
    setting of the standards used to evaluate the safety of water discharge and implementation of such evaluation
  • Setting and observance of goals used to reduce water consumption in response to each
    region’s situation
  • Establishment of a reasonable system to grasp water consumption
  • Development and introduction of technologies to reduce consumption of water
    resources and recycling (water-saving and wastewater-recycling technologies)
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations
covered by reduction efforts
Item Base year Goal
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 Implementation items, goals
9.
Advanced action ahead of the official enforcement of regulations of harmful chemical substances contained in products
  • Effective curbing of chemical substances that become environmental load ahead of the official enforcement of regulations of such substances to ensure comparative advantage of AISIN products
  • Sharing of information on regulations enforced in each country concerning chemical substances and establishment of a global system to respond to such regulations
  • Active response action against environmental regulations imposed on exports from foreign countries, with the aim of expanding shipments to newly emerging countries
10.
All-out efforts to prevent abnormal environmental situations
  • Establishment of a global “horizontal” system to obtain information on abnormal environmental situations
  • Activities to enhance awareness of environmental issues through holding the “KYT” environmental training*1 globally
  • Formulation of AGES*2 and its global application to enhance prevention of abnormal environmental situations
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
  • Applying know-how used in Japan to reduce environmental impact to overseas business bases for its diffusion in overseas operations
  • Reduction of the use of harmful chemical substances prior to moves by authorities to regulate such substances and possible effects on the surrounding environment
  • Continued development of VOC-reducing technologies (establishment of a VOC-free production system, reduction of VOC use and reduction of VOC discharge)
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations
covered by reduction efforts
Item Base year Goal
VOC Domestic consolidated subsidiaries Overseas companies FY2010 19% cut
Overseas companies Overseas companies
12.
Implementation of regional programs aimed at preserving biodiversity
  • Devising and publication of AISIN Group biodiversity guidelines
  • Continuation of biodiversity activities by the AISIN Group and expansion of areas of such activities
  • Regional efforts to protect and breed endangered species
  • Protection of ecological systems through “Aisin no Mori” forest-making and treeplanting at AISIN factories, and promotion of regional interchange
  1. Environmental KYT: Training aimed at enhancing detection and prevention of abnormal environmental situations
  2. AGES: Aisin Global Environmental Standards
Fundamental activities that cover all themes
Measures Implementation items, goals
13.
Reinforcement of environmental compliance through the establishment of a system to centralize the collection of relevant information
  • Establishment of a system to share information on overseas infrastructure and relevant law revisions
  • Establishment of a system to centralize the collection of compliance information
  • Establishment and operation of a system to evaluate compliance observance in each region
14.
Establishment and operation of a global consolidated EMS evaluation system
  • Focused environmental assessment activities by regional environmental committees and vitalization of such activities
  • Establishment of standard environmental evaluation systems in each region
    ・Promotion of standardization in environmental management
    Continued promotion of activities aimed at enhancing evaluation systems through environmental assessment
    ・Establishment of a global mutual assessment system
15.
Reinforcement of environmental management regarding supply chains and promotion of environmental activities in collaboration with suppliers
  • Revision of AISIN Group Green Procurement Guidelines
  • Expansion of the scope of fields covered by such guidelines
  • Continued support of suppliers to help them implement environmental measures through environmental inspections and sharing of relevant information
16.
Reinforcement of environmental education to develop globally competitive human resources
  • Production of teaching materials used by all AISIN Group companies in environmentalrelated activities and environmental education using human development programs
  • Development of globally competitive human resources with expertise in each environmental field
17.
Promotion of social contribution activities in the field of the environment in cooperation with local communities
  • Shared use and promotion of regionally implemented social contribution measures in establishing a global management system, and dissemination of regional social contribution efforts to wider areas
  • Efforts to enhance understanding by local young people of AISIN’s social contribution activities through entry-level education offered at factories
18.
Enhancement of communication with various stakeholders in the field of environment
  • Further information disclosure regarding the environment
  • Continued publication of AISIN Group reports and brochures
  • Setting of communication guidelines by the AISIN Group regarding the environment
  • Continued exchanges with local communities through events such as regional informal meetings
  • Promotion and public release of uniform environmental activities at all AISIN businessbases both in Japan and abroad on various occasions including World Environment Day
19.
Worldwide management of office environment
  • Promotion of activities to enhance awareness of the environment
  • Declaration by the AISIN Group to promote environmental activities in the primary business area and efforts to disseminate the Group’s environmental contribution to the general public
  • Application of energy-saving technologies introduced at domestic business offices to global offices

Priority Actions and Results of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan

Establishment of a Low- Carbon Society
Function-related Specific actions and goals FY2012-2016 results
Development and Design
1.
Promotion of development/design of products oriented for a low carbon society
  • Expansion of eco certified products based on eco-product certification systemAction 1
    ・11 products, including a home-use sewing machine, gas heat-pump (GHP) air conditioner, shower-toilet seat and automotive components
Production
2.
Thorough commitment for reduction of greenhouse effect gases at offices and global development of the commitment
Region AISIN Group
item Amount of emission per amount of sales
Target 12% reduction compared to FY2008
  • Production-related action exampleAction 2Action 3
    ・Horizontal rollout of improvements in energy conservation across Group companies,
    and establishment of target management of energy reduction amount
    5-year amount of energy reduced: 20,000t-CO2
    ・Sharing of know-how focused on energy-intensive processes
    (dissolution, heat treatment, etc.)
    ・Sharing information via conferences and launch of cross-industrial factory tours
Evaluation
FY2016 Target 12.8%reduction
FY2016 Result 19.2% reduction
Logistics
3.
Thorough commitment for reduction of greenhouse effect gases during distribution and global development of the commitment
Region AISIN Group
Item Amount of emission per amount of sales
Target 13% reduction compared to FY2009
  • Logistics-related action example
    ・Increase in AISIN Group joint transport to distant places
    ・Promotion of elimination and consolidation of routes
    ・Reduction in consumption of fuel owing to improvement in loading ratios through appropriate assignment of vehicle class
    ・Education on eco-driving and implementation of practices
Evaluation
FY2016 Target 11.1% reduction
FY2016 Result 12.8% reduction
Establishment of a Recyclingoriented Society
Function-related Specific actions and goals FY2012-2016 results
Development and Design
4.
Promotion of development/design of products oriented for a low carbon society
  • Product-related action exampleAction 6
    ・Product design featuring recyclability
    (FINE REVO series)
    ・Eco-product assessments for over 90% of key products through extension of such assessments to Group companies
Production and Logistics
5.
Thorough utilization of resources at offices and duringdistribution and global development of the commitment
Region AISIN Group
Applicable Items Wastes
Item Amount of emission per amount of sales
Target 17% reduction compared to FY2008
  • Production-related action exampleAction 4Action 5
    ・Continuation of horizontal rollout of action examples of reduction in waste to each company and extension of lifespan of effluent, and all-out efforts for waste reuse
    ・Reduction in material weight for packaging used in logistics, improvement in storage efficiency and promotion of use of returnable container boxes for overseas
Evaluation
FY2016 Target 28.4% reduction
FY2016 Result 35.6% reduction
Sales
6.
Expansion of new businesses which contribute to the cyclic use of resources
  • Resource recycling action example
    ・Establishment of sales structure for rebuilt parts for automatic transmission
    ・Operation of commuter buses using biofuels and supply of power to ecocenters
Establishment of a Society in Which People Coexist with Nature
Function-related Specific actions and goals FY2012-2016 results
Development and Design
7.
Enhancement of management of environmentally hazardous materials contained in products
  • Compliance with legislation in key countries, including EU CLP regulations and REACH regulations
    ・Anticipation of trends in legislation, and establishment and refinement of a system to formulate and replace materials as response
Production
8.
Thorough commitment for elimination of environmental risks and reduction of emission of environmentally hazardous materials and global development of the commitment
Region AISIN Group
Applicable Items VOC*1
Item Amount of emission per amount of sales
Harmony with Society 31% reduction compared to FY2008
  • Reduction of VOC emissions
    ・Reduction through promotion of anti-scattering production technologies and introduction of removal and recovery equipment
  • Activities to thoroughly reduce environmental risk
    ・Formulation of PDCA guidelines to prevent environmental abnormalities and accidents as well as prevent recurrence and follow-up on the progress of improvements made throughout Group companies from a stricter standpoint
Evaluation
FY2016 Target 30.7% reduction
FY2016 Result 57.9% reduction
Harmony with Society
9.
Cross-group development of regional symbiotic activities which contribute to biodiversity
  • Protection of local living organisms
    ・Implementation of environmental protection activities such as for rare species of plants in the Mikawa, Hokuriku and Kyushu regionsAction 7
    ・Creation of landscape that blends in with the surroundings (biotope and farm)Action 8
  1. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): Chiefly refers to manmade synthetic substances that can easily be released into the atmosphere at room temperature and under normal pressure.
Fundamental activities that cover all themes
Function-related Specific actions and goals FY2012-2016 results
Management
10.
Enhancement of global environmental management system
  • Establishment of environmental management in Japan and overseas
    ・Establishment of regulations based on consolidated EMS manual
    ・mprovements in assessment (auditing) levels at domestic and overseas bases
    77 of 82 applicable companies achieved level B
    ・Introduction of environmental management system (A-GLOBE) at all domestic bases and start of introduction at overseas bases
    ・A total of 2,810 people nurtured as internal auditors through group-wide EMS training
    ・Establishment of a safety and environmental promotion system in each region
    (Europe, China, Oceania)Action 9
11.
Promotion of environmental practices through cooperation with suppliers
  • Promotion of environmental activities with business partners
    ・Comprehension and inspection of environmental level at key suppliers based on Green Procurement Guidelines
12.
Enrichment and promotion of ecological education
  • Improvement in environmental skills
    ・Systematic fostering of human resources via environmental education (basic education, specialized education and rank-based education)
    ・Implementation of awareness-raising activities in Environment Month and Energy Conservation month, etc. (awareness slogans, posters, etc.)
13.
Enhanced dissemination of technologies and knowhow of environmental management by communicating with external sources
  • Contribution to auto parts industry
    ・Promotion of activities by Japan Auto Parts Industries Association’s Environmental Committee
Communication
14.
Enrichment and global development of communitybased activities which contribute to the environment/society
  • Protection of natural environment in surrounding areas
    ・Implementation of activities to beautify areas around factories and sales sites in connection with local events
    ・Implementation of activities to increase greenery such as tree- and flower-planting
15.
Implementation of proactive environment related communication
  • Collection of opinions on and disclosure of environmental information
    ・A total of 1,117 people participated in the AISIN Group Consolidated Environmental SymposiumAction 10
    ・Holding of local roundtable discussions in regions with production sites (Toyoda, Kariya, Nishio, etc.)
    ・Issuance of AISIN Group Report 2015
    ・Release of Ecotopia News on our website providing information on seasonal eco-related activities, including photos