Environment

Establishment of a Society
in Which People Coexist with Nature

Creating environments where industry,
lifestyles and nature coexist in harmony

The AISIN Group is working to strengthen its management system based on the fundamental philosophy of minimizing environmental impact to the extent possible in the stage of product design.

In addition, we are aiming to contribute to the protection of biodiversity in local areas around our factories based on a philosophy of harmony with the natural environment in order to build an abundant society.

Targets and results of reducing VOC emissions

The AISIN Group set a target of a 31% reduction in VOC emissions per sales unit by fiscal 2016 versus fiscal 2008 and achieved this target with a 60% reduction in fiscal 2016.

Concrete initiatives involved continuing to promote activities such as the anti-scattering of coating as well as the introduction of VOC recovery and removal equipment, which aided in target achievement.

VOC emissions per sales unit
(11 main manufacturing companies in Japan)
VOC emissions per sales unit (11 main manufacturing companies in Japan)

Initiatives in fiscal 2017

The AISIN Group is gradually changing its MACS management system to one with global specifications enabling the integrated management of the chemical substances it handles. The system is being introduced gradually with the objective of introducing it at all Group companies. Operating the system will ensure correct response to regulated substances and be used for the management of strategies to promote activities to reduce chemical substances.

Group company action highlights

Promotion of activities to protect biodiversity in conjunction with local communitiesAction 7

The AISIN Group is working to expand and enhance community-based social contribution activities for the environment. We have been introducing a regional program for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems mainly in areas in which we operate manufacturing sites in Japan since fiscal 2013, namely the Mikawa, Hokuriku and Kyushu regions.

In fiscal 2016, 22 people from 18 Group companies took part in efforts to remove weeds from the habitat of the lychnis kiusiana, a Japanese woodland perennial, to help protect the endangered grassland plant in the protected zone in Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture. In the Hokuriku region, 18 people from nine Group companies participated in a program to protect important waterways and water environment in the Naka-ikemi Wetland of Fukui Prefecture as in fiscal 2015. We plan to add activities to protect Lake Utonai in Hokkaido and around the mouth of the Yahagi River in the Mikawa region in fiscal 2017.

Symbol for activities being undertaken by the Environmental Conservation Study Group
Symbol for activities being undertaken by the Environmental Conservation Study Group

Regional programs

三河地区
[Mikawa region]
Study group for aquatic organisms living in the river implemented at the Hekinan Seaside Aquarium
九州地区
[Kyushu region]
Activities to protect endangered species implemented in Kumamoto Prefecture
Creating an original aquatic landscape popular with the local peopleAction 8

Aisin Keikinzoku is creating an aquatic “park factory” surrounded with greenery and flowers and centered on a biotope and farm with the aim of bringing the local community closer together and contributing to the region. In fiscal 2016, around 50 employees took part as volunteers in cutting the grass, cultivating the soil and making furrows to build the foundations of the “park factory” in addition to promoting understanding of the region. A biotope measuring 900m2 and a farm measuring 1,800m2 were created as part of a pilot system. Native ash trees were transplanted around the pond to help return nature of the Ebie area (Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture) to how it once was. This has become the first step to building a genuine biotope in the future.

Image of biotope upon completion
Image of biotope upon completion