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Environmental Management System

Global Environment Activity Promotion System

The overall environmental management activities of the Fujikura Group are managed by the Global Environment Committee, which is the environmental site working group of the Sustainability Strategy Committee*. The Global Environment Committee deliberates and makes decisions on environmental management and the officer in charge of the environment (corporate officer) serves as the committee chair. The committee formulates annual and medium-term targets on climate change and other aspects of the environment and monitors progress on activities. Upon approval of the committee chair, the committee reports to the Sustainability Strategy Committee, which is chaired by the president. 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 Committee.

Global Environment Activity Promotion System

EcoTrack -Environmental Information Collection System

The Fujikura Group uses the EcoTrack environmental information collection system to collect environmental data such as the amount of energy, water, and chemical substances used, the amount of waste generated, and the results of environmental activities by 22 consolidated companies in Japan (100%) and 48 overseas consolidated companies (69%, excluding the holding company). The environmental data and environmental results collected are aggregated and analyzed, then used to formulate environmental management indicators. The aggregated, analyzed results are shared within the Group to visualize the status of Fujikura’s environmental impact and the results of activities to mitigate that impact.

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

A study session for internal environmental auditors was held at the head office in October.

(Headquarter) Implementation of training for internal environmental auditors

*The image is from 2019

(Sakura Works) New Employee Training

Every year at the Sakura Works, we provided environmental training to new employees with determined job assignments. In FY2021 training was also conducted in April for business site hires and in May for head office hires.

(Sakura Works) Waste Sorting Training

A wide variety of waste is generated by the research and development and other divisions. In order to properly consign each waste material, waste sorting training at the waste disposal site is conducted twice a week (about 100 times a year).

(Sakura Works) Issuance of a white paper on waste

The Sakura Works published the 2020 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.Training was held for the entire plant up to FY2019. In FY2021, it was held for each work site to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and 432 people received the training. Through the training, we deepened our understanding and cooperation for energy saving and waste reduction, and raised each person's environmental awareness.

(Suzuka Works) Implementation of general environmental education Image

*The image is from 2019

(Numazu Works)Emergency response training education

Every year, each department at Numazu Works conducts emergency response drills based on the assumption of an emergency situation. We reconfirmed our response to emergencies by confirming the location of supplies on site, confirming reporting methods, and practicing initial measures and measures to prevent spills. We will continue to operate without causing environmental problems by observing operating procedures, daily inspections, etc.

(Numazu Works) Freshman Education in 2017 Image1

Environmental Education Activities at Group Companies

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

We hold an annual spring clean-up of the ditches and roads in the northern industrial zone in Koriyama city where Head office and Koriyama plant are located.

(Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling)Environmental emergency response drill conducted

Environmental conservation activities with the local community were not held in FY2021 due to the prevention of the spread of the new coronavirus. At Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co., Ltd.Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co., Ltd., training was conducted for all onsite workers on the assumption of an oil spill from a transport vehicle on the premises. We will continue to conduct training on how to deal with identified emergency situations so that we can continue to achieve zero environmental accidents.

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

(Fujikura Solutions Ltd.)Clean up activities

Fujikura Solutions Ltd. has conducted environmental beautification activities by cleaning up trash and removing weeds scattered on public roads and sidewalks around the company. We plan to continue these activities on an ongoing basis.

(Fujikura Automotive Asia Ltd.) Green activities: Neighborhood Clean up near plant

In September, Fujikura Automotive Asia Ltd.Fujikura Automotive Asia Ltd. conducted a cleanup activity in the vicinity of its headquarters plant as part of its regional contribution and environmental activities. 90 people participated in the activity and collected 20 kg of trash. The 90 participants collected 20 kg of trash. They collected trash not only from the area around the company, but also from their usual commuting route, which made them feel good on their way to and from work. We will continue this activity in the future.

(DDK Ltd.) Obtained certification as Tochigi Prefecture Eco Keeper Business Office

DDK receives Continuation of Tochigi Prefecture Eco-Keeper Business Office Certification.

(Nishi Nippon Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd.) Environmental conservation activities

As part of the Environment Month (June) events, the Oita Works solicited and displayed environmental posters to raise environmental awareness, and representatives of all business divisions conducted 3S cleanup activities around the works (east side). Activities focused on cleaning gutters and weeding. The actual activities raised the participants' awareness of environmental conservation.

(Fibertec) Environmental Preservation Activities

The Sakura Research Center, Fibertec's main plant, is in the third year of a four-year plan to convert all lighting in the plant to LEDs in FY2021. In the first year, the office was converted to LED lighting, in the second year, the terminal processing room, and in the third year, the clean room. Although the conference room and cafeteria still remain, we aim to eliminate fluorescent lamps by converting them to LEDs next year.

(Fujikura Precision Ltd.) Environmental education

Fujikura Precision Ltd. conducted an initial response training for environmental staff from each department on the assumption of an oil spill incident on the premises. The training provided an opportunity for participants to learn about the risks and effects of oil spills outside the company and the structure of drainage facilities.

Environmental Audits

We carry out regular environmental audits on each of the Group’s domestic manufacturing sites.During an audit, the audit team confirms the status of management of equipment, waste, hazardous goods, and dangerous goods, and other items, and compliance with ordinances and legal regulations. They follow up on corrective measures implemented to address environmental problems, and confirm other environmental impact mitigation activities. When necessary, the audit team provides guidance and support, and works to improve the level of environmental conservation and management at each site.
In FY2021, considering the impact of the spread of the new coronavirus, we strongly limited the implementation of in-person audits and conducted 4 out of 7 sites via web conferencing. in FY2022, as the same situation continues, we will consider the implementation method and proceed with the implementation of audits.

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 2021 to March 2022
  • Scope: Fujikura and 20 Group Companies
Fujikura Ltd. Head Offie, Sakura, Suzuka, Numazu 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 HIGH OPT Co., Ltd., Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co., Ltd.,
Shinshiro Cable, Ltd., Suzuki Giken Co. Ltd., Fujikura Precision Ltd., Fujikura Solutions Ltd.,
Fujikura Dia Cable Ltd., Fuji Materials Ltd., Fujikura Shoji Co., Ltd., Fujikura Facilities Co, Ltd.,
Fujikura Logistics Co., Ltd., FiberTech 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 146.9 2714.4
Upstream/downstream costs Material Information outgoing expenses, Removal cables separation costs, etc. 0.0 3.2
Cost of management activities ISO 14001 management audit costs, Book budget, Exhibition participation fee, Greening costs, Environment measurement item costs, etc. 0.0 692.4
Research and development costs R&D of environmentally friendly products 230.5 666.53
Social activity costs "Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods" maintenance costs, Around the plant clean-up activities costs, Community organizations support costs 0.0 17.7
Cost of repairing environmental damage Air pollution levy, Insurance, etc. 0.0 44.2
Total 377.4 4138.3
  • Effects (actual effects only, not including estimated effects)

(Units: million yen)

Effects on pollution prevention and global environmental protection 142.9
Effects on resource recycling 343.6
Upstream/downstream effects 0.0
Effects on management activities 0.0
Research and development 0.0
Effects on social activities 0.0
Total 486.4

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 2021.

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 to prevent similar troubles from happening again.

Addressing Environmental Complaints

Number of Cases and Countermeasures

In FY 2021, No environmental complaints at Fujikura and group companies.

Violations in FY2021

In FY2021, there was one case of violation of environmental standards at Fujikura Ltd. and its group companies. Ltd., a Fujikura Group company, slightly exceeded the standard value of 600 mg/ℓ specified in the Shinshiro City Sewerage Ordinance by 610 mg/ℓ in the periodic measurement of the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of sewage effluent. The matter was promptly reported to the Shinshiro City Water Supply and Sewerage Department, and is being handled in accordance with the instructions of Shinshiro City.

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.