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Fujikura Group CSR Integrated Report 2014
[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.

2013 Internal Environmental Audits site

Fujikura Ltd. Sakura,Suzuka,Numazu, and Ishioka Plants
Group Companies Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co., Ltd.,Fujikura Automotive Asia Ltd.,Fujikura Components Ltd.(Ishioka),Viscas Corporation.(Ishioka),DDK Ltd.,Fuji Materials Ltd.,Tohoku Fujikura Ltd.,Fujikura Logistics Co., Ltd.,Shinshiro Cable, Ltd.,Musashi Wire Co., Ltd.


Fuji Materials Ltd.

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.

Scope of data

Fujikura Ltd. and 19 other Group companies

Period covered

April 2013 to March 2014


(Units: million yen)

Details Investment Costs
Business area costs
(Pollution prevention costs, global environmental protection costs, resource recycling costs)
Exhaust gas cleaning equipment repairs and maintenance costs,
Waste water treatment equipment repairs and maintenance costs,
Thermal barrier painting costs,
Light Emitting Diode&Dedicated high-frequency lighting tube costs,
Freon gas recovery and destruction costs,
Wooden drum recycling costs,
PCB recycling costs,
Asbestos removal costs, etc.
570.9 1,234.2
Upstream/downstream costs Material Information outgoing expenses,
Removal cables separation costs,
0.0 18.7
Cost of management activities ISO 14001 management audit costs,Book budget,
Exhibition participation fee,Greening costs,
Environment measurement item costs, etc.
0.0 248.0
Research and development costs R&D expenses 257.9 611.0
Cost of social activities "Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods" maintenance costs,
Around the plant clean-up activities costs,
Community organizations support costs
0.0 16.1
Cost of repairing environmental damage Air pollution levy,Insurance, etc. 0.0 50.1
Total 828.8 2,178.1

Actual Effects

Effects on pollution prevention and global environmental protection 14.8
Effects on resource recycling 631.0
Upstream/downstream effects 0.2
Effects on management activities 0.0
Research and development 14.0
Effects on social activities 0.0
Total 660.0

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 2013.

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.

Head office

Study meeting of in-house environmental auditors held at the head office

At the head office, we held a study meeting of in-house auditors in November 2013, which provided new in-house auditors with an educational opportunity. After being briefed on the responsibilities and roles to be played by in-house auditors to meet the ISO 14001-related requirements and given tips for practical training, participants actually practiced how to carry out in-house audits at the head office. We will continue to hold such meetings to help in-house auditors improve their skills.


Education of new employees at the Sakura Plant

At the Sakura Plant, new employees are provided with environmental education. In the education provided in April 2014, participants sorted waste into various categories at the waste storage place. Initially, they felt uneasy at the fact that the wastes were sorted into so many categories, but eventually understood that such sorting would foster recycling and help turn waste into valuables. In this hands-on seminar, they learned about the importance of waste sorting and the contributions that they could make to environmental conservation.

Provision of environmental education to Group employees at the Ishioka Plant

There are three Group companies located within the premises of the Ishioka Plant of Fujikura Ltd. Like an apartment owner and their tenants, the plant and Group companies need to share rules and manners to operate in the same location, and accordingly the plant provides new employees of the Group companies (including temporary workers and employees transferred from other locations) with necessary education upon requests from the companies. In education on the environment, the plant explains to the employees in particular about the handling of wastewater, because water discharged from the premises flow into Lake Kasumigaura. The plant is thereby raising Group employees' awareness about CSR.

Group company

DDK's education on chemical substances contained in products

DDK regularly provides employees with education on the requirements to be met for chemical substances contained in products, including those under the RoHS Directive in Europe, thereby raising employees' awareness and helping them acquire necessary knowledge. There are requirements to be met individually by the design and development department, testing and inspection department, and manufacturing department, so each of these departments provides necessary education in consideration of their operational needs. Employees gain a fresh recognition of the rules related to chemical substances contained in products through the regular education and conduct their daily operations with a strong commitment to never failing to meet the requirements.