Fundamental Activities: Environmental Management
Continuously raising the level of our Environmental management system (EMS)
Responsible for promoting group-wide environmental management, the EMS Study Group’s activities are based on three pillars: (1) standardization, (2) assessment and (3) human resources development.
Following revisions to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001 in 2015, the entire AISIN Group is now expected to obtain ISO 14001 certification during fiscal 2019. In aiming to become an environmental front-runner, AISIN Group aims to achieve a strict level of management above that stipulated in the standard.
To that end, the EMS Study Group has revised the AISIN Consolidated EMS Manual and AISIN Group Green Procurement Guidelines (1) standardization), which are both being utilized as effective tools used to standardize inspection and improvement activities across all companies in Japan and overseas (2) assessment).
We also actively encourage employees involved in environmental management at Group companies to improve their skills through activities such as inviting experts for lectures (3) human resources development).
Improving environmental activity frameworks worldwide
AISIN Group has divided the world into seven regions, within which it holds regular liaison meetings to share activities on environmental issues for personnel who promote environmental initiatives. In this way, we are driving these activities both in Japan and overseas. Moving forward, the Group will continue to expand the scope and scale of its activities in regions around the world.
AISIN Group Green Procurement Guidelines
AISIN Group is engaged in various activities to secure the understanding and cooperation of suppliers with regard to the AISIN Group Green Procurement Guidelines.
In fiscal 2018, it launched the AISIN Group (13 companies) Suppliers’ Environmental Inspection Liaison Meeting. Through this meeting, the Group aims to share information regarding the status of suppliers ascertained at the present time, and improve upon problems and issues faced by those suppliers. AISIN Group also provides continuous support to help ensure supplier compliance with laws, regulations and byelaws, etc., and properly manage substances that have an environmental impact.
Conducting environmental training for Chinese and Taiwanese staff in Japan [Aisin Seiki]
In August 2017, Aisin Seiki conducted a three-day educational program on safety and the environment for 28 local (i.e., overseas) staff from 13 companies responsible for safety and environmental issues in China and Taiwan. The program was conducted at the Aisin Seiki head office, as well as at its mother plant and other relevant facilities.
In terms of waste management, staff learned the roles that environmental management departments should fulfill, as well as methods of waste management and reduction. With the cooperation of waste disposal operator Sanei, they then sought to improve their knowledge by participating in genchi genbutsu gennin (go and see for yourself) of actual disposal sites.
In the future as well, we will continue to hold environmental training sessions in Japan to match current needs, with the aim of helping overseas staff from regions around the world to improve the level of their environmental knowledge and skills.
Holding Environmental Experience Study Tours at construction sites [Aisin Development]
Aisin Development held its first AD Group Environmental Experience Study Tour, with the aim of enabling employees involved in construction work and their families learn about environmental initiatives relating to AD Group business operations.
Tour participants visited the Shimoyama Test Course of the constructor, AD Green, to observe how felled trees and crushed stone generated by the construction site is recycled, and to learn about countermeasures for preventing discharge of muddy/contaminated water.
Participants also visited Shimoyama Bark Park, an environmental experience facility operated by an AD Group partner company, to observe local living creatures living in the woods and streams of the park’s biotope.
Moving forward as well, the AD Group will continue to conduct activities to promote greater environmental awareness along with providing a place for families to interact with one another and with nature.