Through our business activities designed to ensure coexistence with society and nature, we are contributing to the management of climate change, protection of the ecosystem and resources of the land and sea, and 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 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, 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.

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

Through collaborative efforts among Group members, AISIN Group seeks to achieve further evolution in its four key areas, with the aim of achieving zero CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of its products—from production and use to waste disposal—by 2050.

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)

Strengthening top-level management

Originally, AISIN Group’s highest level organizational structure for determining environmental policy was the company-wide Environmental Committee, composed of environmental officers from the 14 main Group companies. In order to expedite the Group’s environmental activities, this organization has now been revised and reformed as the All-Aisin Environment Meeting, and a new Consolidated Environment Committee has been established as the highest level organizational structure for deciding environmental policy, in which the presidents (or CEOs) of each of the 14 main Group companies assemble.

Consolidated structure of the 14 main AISIN Group companies

Consolidated structure of the 14 main AISIN Group companies
Consolidated structure of the 14 main AISIN Group companies

Study groups take a leadership role in AISIN Group’s environmental activities

Study groups form an essential part of implementing AISIN Group’s environmental activities globally. We currently have Energy-saving, Environmental Conservation, EMS and Products Environmental study groups—all of which consist largely of members from our 14 main Group companies, with our affiliate companies also participating in these activities.

Secretary General of Each Study Group

Energy-saving
Safety, Health & Environment Department Tomoyuki Tsunekawa

The Energy-saving Study Group promotes energy reduction activities by establishing various energysaving technologies Group-wide.

Safety, Health & Environment Department
Tomoyuki Tsunekawa

Environmental Conservation
Safety, Health & Environment Department Mutsuhiro Seshita

The Environmental Conservation Study Group aims to expand the scope of its activities globally, and make AISIN a corporate group that pleases its local communities in terms of environmental aspects.

Safety, Health & Environment Department
Mutsuhiro Seshita

EMS
TQM, PM & ISO Promotion Department Katsuyoshi Ito

The EMS Study Group aims to make AISIN Group an environmental frontrunner, by approaching its three key activities with a mixture of both respect for and protection of the environment, love and severity.

TQM, PM & ISO Promotion Department
Katsuyoshi Ito

Products Environmental
Technical Administration Department Yasuhiro Enya

The members of the Products Environmental Study Group work as a team, and engage in activities with the mission of delivering environmentally friendly products that consider the health and safety of customers.

Technical Administration Department
Yasuhiro Enya

Sixth Environmental Action Plan and Results of Fiscal 2018 Activities

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 FY2018 results

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

<Automotive parts related>
  • Mass produced the FWD 8-speed Automatic Transmission, which contributes to improved fuel economy through world-class power transmission efficiency, reduced weight and compact size
  • Mass produced lightweight instrument panel reinforcement structures manufactured from aluminum (rather than iron and steel)
  • Expanded the range and number of vehicles equipped with grille shutters, which contribute to improved fuel economy through improved heat management and aerodynamic characteristics
<Lifestyle industry related>
  • Mass produced the Smart-Multi hybrid air-conditioning system, which reduces CO2 emissions by combining GHP (gas engine heat pump) and EHP (electric motor heat pump) technologies.

(2) Increased transparency of factors that become environmental load

  • Led the development of a new LCA*1 calculation tool, which has become the JAPIA (Japan Auto Parts Industries Association) standard, through the improvement and modification of in-house tools
  • Completed in-house validation and shifted to Group-wide operational stage

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

  • Held personnel liaison meetings in China, Thailand, Europe and North America, and gave guidance for local staff in each region on the introduction of methods for managing reductions in energy usage. Each location started management of reductions in energy usage.
  • Launched a Production Technology Sub-Committee*2 workgroup on CO2, with a view to the establishing innovative technologies for the medium to long-term reduction of CO2 emissions
FY2021 FY2018
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 in Japan and overseas production) CO2 emissions per sales unit FY2010 20%
reduction
14.6%
reduction
22.8%
reduction

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

  • Defined scenarios for reducing CO2 emissions by half at the 13 main AISIN Group manufacturing companies by 2030
  • Created a new benchmark for factories using renewable energy

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

  • Launched AISIN Group joint long-distance transportation/courier service (within the Kanto area)
  • Began deployment of BDF*3 trucks introduced by Aisin Seiki at 12 other AISIN Group companies
FY2021 FY2018
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations covered by reduction efforts Item Base year Goal Target Result Evaluation
CO2 emissions
in distribution
Consolidated subsidiaries
in Japan
CO2 emissions per sales unit FY2010 11%
reduction
8%
reduction
16.0%
reduction
Overseas companies Firm understanding results

*1 LCA (Life Cycle Assessment): Assessing reductions in CO2 emissions across product lifecycles as part of the product development process
*2 Production Technology Sub-Committee: An organizational body that engages in activities and shares resources (including knowledge, technologies and equipment) with the aim of improving the AISIN Group’s production technology capabilities and the competitiveness of its manufacturing processes
*3 BDF (Biodiesel Fuel): A type of fuel made by collecting and refining food oils

Establishment of a recycling-oriented society

Evolution
Zero environmental load
Measures FY2018 results

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

  • Completed activities to ascertain actual state of metallic resources that should be managed by AISIN Group, and confirmed that there is no problem presently

(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

  • Shared 15 representative examples of waste reduction and recovering valuable matter from waste within AISIN Group
  • Held meetings to exchange opinions with specialized manufacturers and expanded waste processing routes to promote effective use of waste
FY2021 FY2018
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations covered by reduction efforts Item Base year Goal Target Result Evaluation
Waste materials Consolidated subsidiaries in Japan Discharge per sales unit FY2010 28%
reduction
20.4%
reduction
27.9%
reduction
Overseas companies Basic unit 1%
decrease/year
FY2016 5%
reduction
2%
reduction

(8) Effective use of water resources and full-scale efforts to promote recycling of water resources

  • Formulated a drought risk assessment standard and identified locations with high drought risk. Also formulated action targets for reducing the drought risk at high-risk locations.
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 FY2018 results

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

  • Collected 445 items of information on laws and regulations (through collaborative efforts across AISIN Group), identified medium to long-term trends in fuel economy regulations and formulated a response plan
  • Made the official decision for AISIN Group to introduce Global AisinMACS*4 management system for responding to national and regional restrictions on chemical substances contained in products in a timely manner; and commenced phased introduction of the system at regional companies with R&D functionality

(10)All-out efforts to prevent abnormal environmental situations

  • Conducted exercises utilizing Environmental KYT*5 (danger prediction) manuals and case studies at personnel liaison meetings held in various overseas regions, and trial implementations of these measures at representative workplace locations
  • Formulated the rules for environmental risk management when sharing common premises as an AGES*6 global standard

(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 operations in Japan
[Japan]
Maintenance and continuation of the current high-level reduction system

  • Made preparations for gathering data to compile a list of chemical substances subject to overseas laws and regulations with a view to global expansion
FY2021 FY2018
Reduction
coverage
Scope of business operations covered by reduction efforts Item Base year Goal Target Result Evaluation
VOC Consolidated subsidiaries in Japan Discharge per sales unit FY2010 19%
reduction
13.8%
reduction
44.0%
reduction
Overseas companies Firm understanding of results

(12)Implementation of regional programs aimed at preserving biodiversity

  • Conducted nature conservation activities in five regions of Japan that are home to AISIN Group locations (Aichi, Hokuriku, Hokkaido, Tohoku and Kyushu)

*4 Global AisinMACS: A system that is equipped with a feature to judge compliance with regulations and customer requirements. It is available for use by AISIN Group companies in Japan and overseas.
*5 Environmental KYT (Kiken Yochi Training): A form of danger prediction training designed to enable employees to predict risks that could lead to environmental accidents and abnormalities
*6 AGES: AISIN Global Environmental Standard

Fundamental activities that cover all themes

Measures FY2018 results

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

  • Distributed information at personnel liaison meetings held in various overseas regions with regard to laws and regulations that will have an impact and/or require a response
  • Encouraged shared group-wide handling of PCB waste to complete disposal of all highly concentrated PCB waste under the ownership of AISIN Group in Japan by the end of fiscal 2021; and completed disposal of waste for fiscal 2018 as scheduled

(14)Establishment and operation of a global consolidated EMS evaluation system

  • Launched environmental committees in Indonesia and Brazil, and drove environmental activities in a total of seven regions (including North America, China, Europe, Thailand and India, where activities were already underway) through regional environmental committees
  • Created new assessment standard and check sheets to comply with the 2015 edition of ISO 14001 and made preparations for operation of the new standard as of fiscal 2019

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

  • Established the AISIN Group Suppliers’ Environmental Inspection Liaison Meeting to support suppliers based on the AISIN Group Green Procurement Guidelines; conducted environmental inspections and follow-up on post-inspection activities of suppliers through group-wide cooperation

(16)Reinforcement of environmental education to develop globally competitive human resources

  • Established an ideal definition for globally competitive environmental human resources required by AISIN Group, based on a shared concept of a Group vision and organizational structure for 2020, and ascertained the Group’s current situation (in terms of skill level and environmental education status)

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

  • Continued to hold regular gatherings with local community resident representatives and fisherman’s cooperatives for each company and region
    • Aisin Keikinzoku developed Ariso Fureai Park, which includes a biotope for protecting indigenous species of plants and animals, and is utilizing it as a place for communicating with local community residents
    • Aisin AW reported the results of its water quality monitoring activities to local fishing cooperatives and engaged in other activities to deepen trusting relationships with local communities
    • Other Group companies also continued to devise and engage in environmental activities with local communities

(18)Enhancement of communication with various stakeholders in the environmental field

  • Promoted greater understanding of environmental activities by holding events such as the AISIN Group Consolidated Environmental Symposium for AISIN Group employees and suppliers and AISIN Group Eco Spot Tour for Group employees and their families
  • Promoted the Group’s activities to reduce CO2 emissions via internal newsletters at each Group company as a means of raising employees’ environmental awareness
  • Promoted the Group’s environmental activities via the AISIN Group Report, website and other such media

(19)Worldwide management of office environment

  • Verified that appropriate environmental activities matching various functions such as awareness-raising activities and beautification activities are being conducted in each workplace every year