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Fujikura Group CSR Report 2011
Environmental Performance

Environmental Audit

Internal Environmental Audits

Proactive environmental auditing and improving the level of environmental conservation activities

Fujikura works on improving the level of its environmental conservation activities by regularly conducting internal audits under the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (first-party audit: an ISO compliance audit of a department conducted by employees from other departments), management system audits conducted by an ISO 14001 certification body (third-party audit) and audits conducted by customers (second-party audit).

In addition to the above, staff in charge of environmental activities, including an executive in charge of the environment, the General Manager of the Human Resource & General Affairs Division, the Corporate Auditor, and staff of the Global Environment Division visit departments at various offices and plants to inspect pollution prevention activities, environmental conservation activities, and compliance with relevant laws and regulations by checking documents and onsite reviews.

In fiscal 2010 we conducted environmental audits at 11 domestic sites. If a site is found to have any deficiency in any aspect, including environmental conservation, safety and health, and compliance with laws, it will immediately take action for improvement.

ISO 14001 management systems Fujikura Group environmental audit Audit by customers
In Japan All ISO 14001-certified
plants and affiliates
Sakura, Suzuka, Numazu, and Ishioka Plants of Fujikura Ltd.; DDK Ltd.; Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co., Ltd.; Fuji Materials Ltd.; Aomori DDK Co, Ltd.; Aomori Fujikura Kanaya Ltd.; SYSCOM Ltd.; Fujikura Precision Ltd.; Nishi Nippon Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd.;Fujikura Components Ltd.; Suzuki Giken Co. Ltd. Sakura Plant of Fujikura Ltd.; DDK Ltd.; Tohoku Fujikura Ltd.; Aomori Fujikura Kanaya Ltd.; Aomori DDK Co, Ltd.
Overseas Fujikura Electronics (Thailand) Ltd.; DDK (Thailand) Ltd.; Yoneden (Thailand) Ltd.; Fujikura Electronics Shanghai Ltd.; Yonezawa Electric Wire (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd.; Fujikura Malaysia Sdn., Bhd.; DDK (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.; Fujikura SHS Ltd.

Environmental Accounting

Environmental accounting serves as a management analysis tool to improve the effectiveness of corporate environmental measures by quantitatively evaluating the cost effectiveness of these measures. We calculate the environmental conservation-related investment costs and expenditures for Fujikura Ltd. and its consolidated subsidiaries in line with the Environmental Accounting Guidelines 2005 published by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. The following table shows the environmental costs and benefits obtained in fiscal 2010.

Scope of data: Fujikura Ltd. and 15 other Group companies
Period covered: April 2010 to March 2011

Environmental cost

Scope of data: Fujikura Ltd. and 15 other Group companies Period covered: April 2010 to March 2011

(Units: million yen)

Details Investment Costs
Business area costs
(Pollution prevention costs, global environmental protection costs, resource recycling costs)
Cost of exhaust gas cleaning equipment and energy conservation systems, recovery and destruction of CFCs, recycling of waste resin, countermeasures for asbestos, etc. 325 1,277
Upstream/downstream costs Cost of sending out information about regulations on hazardous substances, disassembling removed cables, etc. 2 40
Cost of management activities Cost of ISO audits, environmental documents, education and exhibitions, greenery promotion, environmental measurement, etc. 18 387
Research and development costs R&D costs for new products 198 443
Cost of social activities Cost of greening and cleaning activities around the plants and support for local organizations 0 11
Cost of repairing environmental damage Cost of paying emission charges for air pollution 14 5
Total 557 2,163

Actual Effects

Effects on pollution prevention and global environmental protection 25
Effects on resource recycling 674
Upstream/downstream effects 1
Effects on management activities 0.2
Total 700.2

Environmental Impacts of Business Activities

The following shows the major environmental impacts of business activities conducted by Fujikura Ltd. and other domestic Group companies in fiscal 2010.

Environmental Impacts of Business Activities

Environmental Education

We provide all employees with environmental education to encourage them to conduct activities to conserve energy and resources through recycling and protect the global environment in their daily business operations. Specifically, we hold environmental seminars as part of the training for new employees, conduct OJT at our plants, provide ISO 14001 education for each department in our plants, and give special training for environment-related business operations on a regular basis, thereby increasing employees' environmental awareness.

In the latter half of fiscal 2010, we started full-scale introduction of the Fujikura Group ECO-PASS environmental information collection and analysis system mainly at our domestic bases.
For each of the bases to start operating the system smoothly, we held a study meeting to give an outline of the new system to the employees in charge, to explain how to use it and to give them actual hands-on experience with the system so that they can understand how it works in detail.
In April 2011, we also began introducing the system at our overseas bases in Asia, including Thailand and China. We sent educational materials and DVDs to the bases so that individual employees could learn about the system in advance.

Education on the information collection system at head office

The Sakura Plant opens its waste collection facility three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Dubbed "Green Tent," staff of the Environment & Safety Management Section and Fuji Materials Ltd. accept waste from employees at the facility and give them instructions on sorting waste. Methods of sorting waste have been introduced to employees through posters and online, but they can bring waste to the Green Tent that needs to be sorted rigorously, and get onsite instruction.
The Sakura Plant will continue providing education on sorting waste rigorously aiming at zero emissions.

Education on waste at the Sakura Plant

The Suzuka Plant provides all employees, including those from affiliated companies, with environmental education at the beginning of every fiscal year. In fiscal 2011, employees were briefed on the themes for their environmental activities and points to be considered for the environment in May, in line with the Plant' action plan, medium-term environmental plan, and waste sorting methods.

General environmental education at the Suzuka Plant