Establishment of a Society in Which People Coexist with Nature
Achieving harmony with nature
To achieve harmony with nature, the AISIN Group’s Products Environmental Study Group develops products in which chemical substances are rigorously controlled and works to reduce chemicals used at the production stages. The Environmental Conservation Study Group is also committed to preventing abnormal environmental situations and preserving biodiversity in the interest of protecting the natural environment.
Advanced actions ahead of official enforcement of regulations on the management of chemicals in products
AISIN Group actively gathers information on regulations and carries out impact assessments in order to strategically replace chemical substances prior to becoming officially regulated.
The Group has also created its own proprietary system, Global AisinMACS, for managing chemical substances contained in products. By launching the operation of this system in Japan, it has become able to submit IMDS* declarations faster and more accurately. Since fiscal 2018, the Group has also begun to deploy the system in the United States and other countries. Moving forward, Aisin Group will expand the use of this system to other regions, and continue to ensure thorough legal compliance globally.
* IMDS (International Material Data System): It was developed primarily by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie, VDA). It is a global materials database aimed mainly at the automotive industry and operated by members comprising of major automobile manufacturers from countries around the world, including Japan.
Protecting local indigenous species with Ariso Plant biotope [Aisin Keikinzoku]
In fiscal 2017, Aisin Keikinzoku began developing the Ariso Fureai Park using idle land at its Ariso Plant, with the purpose of conserving biodiversity. The park’s biotope has been stocked with Japanese kitanomedaka (or “rice fish”), an indigenous species of the region that is now endangered, and Japanese ash trees have been planted. In fiscal 2018, it was confirmed that these species were reproducing and had firmly established themselves within the park. Efforts will continue, with a primary focus on protecting the area’s local indigenous species, with a view to the completion of Ariso Fureai Park in fiscal 2021.
AISIN Group’s biodiversity activities
AISIN Group engages in community-oriented biodiversity preservation activities at five locations around Japan, mainly in regions where we have bases. Looking ahead, we will continue to contribute proactively to local communities through environmental conservation activities, work in close contact with members of those communities.