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Environmental Management System

Global Environment Activity Promotion System

The overall environmental conservation activities of the Fujikura Group are managed globally by the Environmental Committee, which is the Environmental-Site Working Group under the Group CSR(※) Committee. The chairperson of the committee is the officer in charge of the environment (Managing Director). The committee is responsible for the discussion and resolution of issues related to the Group's environmental management. Specific activities include setting annual and medium-term goals, formulating plans according to these goals and monitoring the progress of plans. For addressing priority themes, special teams which support the planning of measures and ensure implementation of measures across the Group are organized under the committee as necessary.

(※)In 2020, we succeeded the CSR Committee and established a new Sustainable Strategy meeting. As in the past, the Global Environment Committee continues its activities as an environmental aspect working team, chaired by the officer in charge of the environment (senior managing director).

Global Environment Activity Promotion System

Fujikura Group EcoTrack Environmental Information Collection System

The Fujikura Group has updated the environmental information collection system "ECO-PASS", which has been used since 2010, to its successor "EcoTrack" in 2020, and is efficiently collecting and managing group environmental data. In order to encourage the sharing and analysis of this information across the Group to further reduce our environmental impacts, we have visualized the information, including data about our environmental impacts and the results of our environmental activities.

Currently, there are 23 consolidated companies in Japan (100% of domestic consolidated companies), 4 non-consolidated companies, and 36 overseas consolidated companies (48% of overseas consolidated companies(Excluding holding company)) utilizing "EcoTrack" in their environmental data management.

- ECO-PASS Management Companies
- State of ISO14001

Fujikura Group ECO-PASS Environmental Information Collection System

Environmental Education

The Fujikura Group involves employees in energy saving and recycling activities, implementing environmental education so that all employees work to protect the Earth's environment during their daily work. The Fujikura Group raises awareness using environmental lectures during new employee training, by regularly holding OJT in the workplace as well as regular specialized training on ISO 14001 education and operations at the site as well as workplace level.

Training Activities at the Head Office and Business Sites

(Head Office) Implementation of Internal environmental auditor training

In October, the head office held seminars and in-house study sessions by external lecturers for internal auditors. In order to deepen the understanding, I explained the requirements of the ISO14001 standard, the responsibilities and roles of the internal auditor, and the points of training. After that, I participated in an internal audit of the head office as a practical training. We will continue to improve the level of internal auditors.

(Headquarter) Environmental activity briefing session

(Sakura Works) New Employee Training

Every year at the Sakura Works, we provided environmental training to new employees with determined job assignments. In fiscal 2019, the same training was also conducted in both April (business site hires) and June (head office hires).

(Sakura Works) Waste Sorting Training

Sakura Works is responsible for a variety of waste from its research and development divisions. In order to properly consign each waste material, waste sorting training at the waste disposal site is conducted two or three times a week (about 100 times a year). This educates employees about the methods and importance of sorting.

(Sakura Works) Issuance of a white paper on waste

The Sakura Works published the 2018 White Paper on Waste. Information such as waste classification is described in addition to the amount of waste and valuable resources generated and the processing amount. It is also effectively used as a departmental education material and as a hint for improvement activities.

(Suzuka Works) General Environmental Education

General environmental education is implemented every year for all employees of the Suzuka Works. In 2019, 10 sessions were held from July until August, with 424 employees taking part. The results of the previous year's efforts and environmental plans for the current year were explained, environmental topics were covered, and each participant learned how they can get involved in energy-saving and reducing waste, and raised each person's environmental awareness.

(Suzuka Works) Implementation of general environmental education Image

(Numazu Works) Implementation of environmental education on the current state of waste and initiatives

Educated the supervisor about the current state of waste and the efforts at the factory. Workplace managers reaffirmed the status quo of waste and understood the need for cooperation in waste reduction and segregation.

(Numazu Works) Freshman Education in 2017 Image1

(Ishioka Works) Monitoring and measurement of wastewater

The Ishioka Works is located in the basin that flows through Kasumigaura, and its drainage standards are considered to be one of the strictest areas in Japan. For this reason, in addition to weekly water quality measurements, the terminal drainage basin constantly monitors pH, oil film, and turbidity with a monitoring device. Furthermore, the pH and oil film are constantly monitored at the drainage monitoring pits of Fujikura Components and Fujikura Hyopt in Factory A. We strive not to drain water that exceeds the drainage standard values of Ibaraki Prefecture and Ishioka City to the outside of the office.

Environmental Education Activities at Group Companies

(Yonezawa Electric Wire Co., Ltd.) Emergency environmental response drill held

Yonezawa Electric Wire Co., Ltd. holds emergency environmental response drills every year as an activity organized by its environmental committee. The company holds an annual drill on emergency response and monitoring using surveillance equipment at the final discharge water gate to ensure all precautions are taken when withdrawing and discharging water into the specified waterway of importance protected by the government that flows along the side of the company.

(Yonezawa Electric Wire) Implementation of Environmental Emergency Response Training Image

(Yonezawa Electric Wire Co., Ltd.) Regional environmental conservation activities

Every year the company helps pick up trash the drains and the road in the Koriyama Hokubu Industrial Park, where its Koriyama Plant is located.

(Fujikura Precision Ltd.) General Environmental Education

General environmental education is implemented before new employees are assigned. The content of the education is to explain recent environmental problems and the current state of the world. educated 113 employees in FY 2019.

(Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling) ISO14001 education

With the transition to ISO14001: 2015 version,Continuing from last year, we held an “internal audit training seminar” in November to train new internal auditors. Systematically conducting education to improve the knowledge and measures for changing generations of auditors.

(Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling) Education on environmental management activities Image

(Fujikura Solutions Ltd.)New Employee Training

Fujikura Solutions Ltd. provided resource recycling, garbage separation, RoHS environmental education, and Picking up trash around the company to new employees who joined the company this year.

(Fujikura Automotive Asia Ltd.) Clean Activity

As part of our community contribution and environmental activities, we again picked up trash near the factory and on the riverbed. Early Saturday morning, about 150 employees participated with their children. As the amount of garbage is decreasing year by year, we can feel that our awareness of the environment is changing.

Environmental Audits

We carry out regular environmental audits on each of the Group’s domestic manufacturing sites. These audits involve patrols by the auditing team comprised of the officer in charge of the environment as well as members from environmental and facilities divisions. In addition to reviewing the extent of compliance with laws and regulations, and examining the facilities, waste, and dangerous goods management, these audits also investigate actions to reduce environmental impacts, provide guidance and support as necessary, and work to standardize and improve environmental conservation activities at all of our manufacturing sites.

2019 Internal Environmental Audits Site

Fujikura Ltd. Sakura, Suzuka, and Ishioka Works
Group Companies Fujikura Automotive Asia Ltd., Nishi Nippon Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd., Fujikura Precision Ltd., Fuji Materials Ltd.Fukagawa Works, FiberTech Co., Ltd., Fujikura Components Ltd., FUJIKURA HIGH OPT Co., Ltd.

Environmental Accounting

The Fujikura Group discloses environmental accounting data in line with the 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 these activities, and make use of evaluation results.

Scope of Data

  • Period Covered: April 2019 to March 2020
  • Scope: Fujikura and 20 Group Companies
Fujikura Ltd. Head Offie, Sakura, Suzuka, Numazu and Ishioka Works
Group Companies Nishi Nippon Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd., Yonezawa Electric Wire Co., Ltd., Fujikura Automotive Asia Ltd., DDK Ltd.,
Tohoku Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura Components Ltd., FUJIKURA 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., Fujikura Solutions Ltd.,
Fujikura Dia Cable Ltd., Fuji Materials Ltd., Musashi Wire Co., Ltd., Fujikura Shoji Co., Ltd., Fujikura Facilities Co, Ltd.,
Fujikura Engineering Ltd., Fujikura Logistics Co., Ltd.
  • Costs

(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, Light Emitting Diode&Dedicated high-frequency lighting tube costs, Freon gas recovery and destruction costs, Improvement of base metal manufacturing capacity, Thermal barrier painting costs, Wooden drum recycling costs, Factory chiller update 742.9 1932.3
Upstream/downstream costs Material Information outgoing expenses, Removal cables separation costs, etc. 0.0 27.7
Cost of management activities ISO 14001 management audit costs, Book budget, Exhibition participation fee, Greening costs, Environment measurement item costs, etc. 0.0 368.5
Research and development costs R&D of environmentally friendly products 704.0 1534.9
Social activity costs "Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods" maintenance costs, Around the plant clean-up activities costs, Community organizations support costs 0.0 20.7
Cost of repairing environmental damage Air pollution levy, Insurance, etc. 0.0 48.2
Total 1446.9 3932.3
  • Effects (actual effects only, not including estimated effects)

(Units: million yen)

Effects on pollution prevention and global environmental protection 7.4
Effects on resource recycling 341.2
Upstream/downstream effects 0.0
Effects on management activities 0.0
Research and development 0.0
Effects on social activities 0.0
Total 348.6

Environmental Impacts from Business Activities

The following shows the major environmental impacts of business activities conducted by Fujikura Ltd. and other Group companies in Japan during fiscal 2018.

Environmental Impacts of Business Activities

Environmental Compliance

Fujikura sets even higher voluntary standards that exceed laws and regulations. With daily monitoring, regular measurements, and environmental inspections, Fujikura is reducing emissions of chemicals and other substances into the atmosphere and waterways. Also, by strengthening equipment maintenance and implementing equipment measures in advance, we have thorough plans to prevent overages against our standards.

Main Relevant Laws

Pollution Prevention System Maintenance Act on Improvement of Pollution Prevention Systems in Specific Factories
Land Use Factory Location Act/City Planning Act
Air Pollution Air Pollution Control Act, Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer Through the Control of Specified Substances and Other Measures
Water Pollution Water Pollution Prevention Act, Sewerage Act, Private Sewerage System Law
Noise/Vibration/Odor Noise Regulation Act, Vibration Regulation Act, Odor Prevention Act
Soil Pollution Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act
Hazardous Materials Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof (PRTR law).
Employee Safety Industrial Safety and Health Act (specialization rule, organic rule), Fire Service Act (dangerous substances), High Pressure Gas Safety Act
Global Warming Prevention Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, Act on Rationalizing Energy Use, Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons
Waste Materials Waste Management and Public Cleansing, Act on Special Measures concerning Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Wastes

Environmental Activities and Near-Miss Collection System

Information about environmental troubles regarding Fujikura and its Group companies is quickly consolidated and shared following the Fujikura Group Environmental Trouble Reporting Operations Manual (revised in 2019) to prevent similar troubles from happening again.

Addressing Environmental Complaints

Number of Cases and Countermeasures in FY 2019

In FY 2019, No environmental complaints at Fujikura and group companies.

Violations in FY2019

In FY 2019, No environmental violations at Fujikura and group companies.

Fines and Sanctions

No fines or sanctions have occurred due to violation of environment related laws by any of the business sites or Group companies of the Fujikura Group.