Environment

Fundamental Activities:
Environmental Management

Strengthen global environmental management

The AISIN Group has established the AISIN Consolidated Environment Committee, composed of the environmental management officers of the 13 main Group companies in order to respond to environmental laws and regulations that are getting stricter, and to build trust with local communities around the world. The committee is also creating a consolidated system for each region in Japan and overseas centered on each Group company as a means to implement activities.

AISIN consolidated environmental management structure

AISIN consolidated environmental management structure

*Shiroki Corporation was added in fiscal 2017, making 13 companies.

Establishment of framework for an environmental management system (EMS)

We have undertaken activities under the banner of establishing standards, implementing environmental assessments at consolidated companies and promoting group-wide EMS training to foster internal auditors as the three pillars for strengthening our management system.

For the first pillar of establishing standards, we released the third edition of our consolidated EMS manual based on consolidated environmental activities and put it into practice. This prompted the creation of an environmental manual for each company using the same perspective and improvements were made. We have also produced 11 procedural manuals that can be used throughout the Group.

Deploying activities to enhance EMS at locations worldwide

The AISIN Group is formulating environmental standards as targets to achieve that are even stricter than the international environmental standard ISO 14001, and is undertaking actions at all locations to reach the next level in a step-wise manner. Progress is monitored via environmental assessments.

In fiscal 2016, we performed inspections and made improvements on legal compliance and environmental conservation at 65 of 83 applicable locations in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. As a result, we confirmed that 77 companies had achieved management level B (see the table below), including the companies that achieved this up until last fiscal year.

In terms of environmental assessments, we held discussions with the environmental specialists from each company to help find solutions to specific issues and concerns, which is serving to steadily enhance environmental levels.

In terms of environmental assessments, we held discussions with the environmental specialists from each company to help find solutions to specific issues and concerns, which is serving to steadily enhance environmental levels.

In fiscal 2017, we will set a new environmental management level to aim for by 2020 and follow up on improvements made at companies that are yet to achieve the target level while continuing to provide support so that they can run their own system in the region. We will also make revisions to the consolidated EMS manual in line with changes to the ISO 14001 standard since it is of prime importance for the AISIN Group’s environmental activities.

* Management level

* Management level

Global consolidated management

Organizing environmental health and safety meetings in EuropeAction 9

As part of the AISIN Group’s activities in Europe, we organize the Pan European Environment Meeting four times a year in order to share information relating to environmental health and safety. The meetings include reports on initiatives undertaken by respective companies and confirmation of improvements in plant settings, and this information is used to help prevent abnormal accidents and contribute to environmental protection activities.

Pan European Environment Meeting
Pan European Environment Meeting

Activities related to environmental communication in the AISIN Group

The AISIN Group conducts activities aimed at deepening knowledge related to the environment among employees, their families and other concerned parties, while encouraging them to think more about the environment.

AISIN Group Consolidated Environmental SymposiumAction 10

The ninth AISIN Group Consolidated Environmental Symposium held in fiscal 2016 concerned the creation of a sustainable society, and approximately 270 Group employees participated. We invited Mr. Tokuji from Konica Minolta, Inc., which secured first place in the Nikkei Environmental Management Survey in 2014, to discuss environmental activities and environmental management in his company, and Mr. Takashi Kiuchi, Chairman of E-Square Inc. to discuss corporate environmental actions based on the laws of nature. This served as a great opportunity to think together about what the AISIN Group needs to do going forward in terms of corporate actions.

Panel discussion at the environmental symposium
Panel discussion at the environmental symposium

AISIN eco-spot tours

AISIN eco-spot tours were held in August of fiscal 2016. These tours are conducted during the summer holidays so that children can also participate, and this time 18 people from seven families attended. Participants visited the Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness, where they learned about the initiatives being jointly undertaken by local citizens, companies and government to improve the environment following the generation of pollution in Yokkaichi City. Another tour took place at the Kawagoe Electric Power Museum Tera 46, where participants learned about the utilization of the natural environment, resources and energy since the birth of the earth’s energy some 4.6 billion years ago. Both adults and children gained an insight into past environmental issues and the current state of the natural environment, energy and resources, thereby helping to further stimulate interest in the environment.

Learning about initiatives to improve the environment at the Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness
Learning about initiatives to improve the environment at the Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness

Group company action highlights

Eco discussion with students

Aisin Chemical held an eco discussion for the AISIN Environmental Education Program in January 2016 for fourth graders at the Iino Elementary School in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, as part of social contribution activities. With the AISIN Environmental Education Program, lessons on the environment are held at elementary schools and are conducted jointly by the AISIN Group and ASK-NET, a specified non-profit corporation. During the eco discussion there was a presentation of an “eco declaration” based on ideas conceived of by children on what they could do to protect the environment.

For details, see “Fostering Youth”

Presenting what was learned in the Environmental Education Program at the eco discussion
Presenting what was learned in the Environmental Education Program at the eco discussion