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Fujikura Group CSR Report 2012
[ISO 26000 Core Subject] The Environment

Environmental Audit

Internal Environmental Audits

Fujikura has been voluntarily carrying out internal audits mainly at its manufacturing facilities to ensure compliance with environment-related national laws, local ordinances, and standards, thereby preventing environmental pollution and encouraging environment-related improvements at the facilities. We select sites to be audited at the beginning of each fiscal year, and an executive in charge of the environment along with members from the Human Resource & General Affairs Division, the Quality Assurance Division and the Board of Auditors visit them to perform the audits. In fiscal 2011, the following 11 sites received audits: Sakura, Suzuka, Numazu, and Ishioka Plants of Fujikura Ltd. and seven Fujikura Group companies (Yonezawa Electric Wire, Fujikura Logistics, Tohoku Fujikura, Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling, Musashi Wire, DDK, and Shinshiro Cable).
Through the audits, we confirmed that all sites are complying with applicable laws and are implementing their environmental management systems appropriately. These sites have promptly responded whenever it has been deemed necessary for them to make improvements in environmental protection, occupational safety and health, or legal compliance.

Internal Environmental Audits

Internal Environmental Audits

Internal Environmental Audits

Environmental Accounting

The Fujikura Group discloses environmental accounting data in line with the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's Environmental Accounting Guidelines 2005. Environmental accounting serves as a tool to evaluate the effects of environmental protection activities in a quantitative manner. By using this tool, we can identify the costs and effects of environmental protection activities, evaluate improvements made through such activities, and make use of evaluation results.

Environmental cost

Scope of data: Fujikura Ltd. and 15 other Group companies Period covered: April 2011 to March 2012

Fujikura Ltd. Head Offie
Sakura Plant
Suzuka Plant
Numazu Plant
Group Companies Nishi Nippon Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd.
Yonezawa Electric Wire Co., Ltd.
DDK Ltd.
Tohoku Fujikura Ltd.
Fujikura Components Ltd.
Kyoei High Opt Co. Ltd.
Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co., Ltd.
Aomori Fujikura Kanaya Ltd.
Shinshiro Cable, Ltd.
Suzuki Giken Co. Ltd.
Fujikura Precision Ltd.
Fuji Materials Ltd.
Musashi Wire Co., Ltd.
Suzuka Cable Co.,Ltd.

(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. 284.2 1,149.4
Upstream/downstream costs Cost of sending out information about regulations on hazardous substances, disassembling removed cables, etc. 0 15.3
Cost of management activities Cost of ISO audits, environmental documents, education and exhibitions, greenery promotion, environmental measurement, etc. 12.9 349.9
Research and development costs R&D costs for new products 249.1 3.6
Cost of social activities Cost of greening and cleaning activities around the plants and support for local organizations 0 8.3
Cost of repairing environmental damage Cost of paying emission charges for air pollution 212.9 22.2
Total 759.0 1,548.6

Actual Effects

Effects on pollution prevention and global environmental protection 51.1
Effects on resource recycling 706.9
Upstream/downstream effects 2.5
Effects on management activities 0
Research and development 13.4
Effects on social activities 0
Total 773.9

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 2011.

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.

We held a study meeting on environmental activities in April, where employees in charge of the environment at each workplace reported the results of the activities they had conducted in the previous fiscal year and introduced their action plans for the current fiscal year. At this study meeting, as in the one held in the previous fiscal year, participants proactively addressed the topics of "energy conservation activities that can be conducted at offices by all members," "waste reduction," and "green procurement of stationery."

Study meeting on environmental activities held at the head office

Because the Sakura Plant houses a department where a range of new products are being developed, the types of waste generated at the plant vary each year. For the appropriate sorting of such waste, members of the development department and a Fujikura employee in charge of the regional environment gather together to inspect the actual waste generated and change the sorting method as required. Through steady efforts made by the members, employees of the plant are becoming more aware of the importance of sorting and recycling waste toward the goal of zero waste emissions.

Waste sorting at the Sakura Plant

All those working at the plant, including staff dispatched from partner companies, receive general environmental education at the beginning of each year. Also, the plant holds a study meeting on the treatment and management of chemical substances. At the meeting, engineers with technical knowledge teach workplace leaders how to read MSDSs to help them deepen their understanding of the hazards associated with the treatment of chemical substances and about how to dispose of chemical waste.

Study meeting on chemical substances held at the Suzuka Plant

Every year, DDK provides new employees with general environmental education as part of its introductory education efforts. All new employees, including part-time workers and those employed in the middle of the term, receive this education in order to become more aware of environmental issues. Specifically, workers are briefed on the environmental facilities the company possesses and are taught environmental accident prevention rules. They also learn about how they themselves should conduct environmental activities. Moreover, DDK carries out internal environmental audits twice a year. Prior to each audit, internal auditors are briefed on environmental laws and regulations and on any revisions, and also educated on social trends so that they can perform audits in an effective manner.

Environmental education provided for new DDK employees

In April 2011, Tohoku Fujikura provided new employees with education on requirements that need to be met to comply with the ISO 14001 standard and on the sorting of waste, including waste to be sold as a valuable resource. Participants learned how to treat and recycle waste generated by the company. In referring to the sorting list used as in-house criteria and posted at various locations throughout the company, waste generated by the company is classified into roughly 29 types to be disposed of and 14 types to be sold as a valuable resource. Tohoku Fujikura will continue to educate employees on waste sorting.

General environmental education provided at Tohoku Fujikura

In fiscal 2011, Kyushu Electric Power requested the plant in Hasama to save electricity in summer and winter due to a power shortage caused by the suspension of nuclear power generation. In response, the plant held an energy conservation seminar at the head office of the company on the 28th of June, which is designated as "environmental month" in Japan, and invited lecturers from the Oita branch and sales office of Kyushu Electric Power to attend. The seminar was attended by about 40 employees, who were able to raise their awareness of the importance of energy conservation and power-saving through the seminar.

Energy conservation seminar organized by Nishi Nippon Electric Wire & Cable's plant in Hasama, Oita