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Environmental Management

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 21 consolidated companies in Japan (100%) and 48 overseas consolidated companies (76%, 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. Participants deepened their understanding of the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard, the responsibilities and roles of internal auditors, and key points for practical training. After that, I participated in an internal audit at the head office as an Practical training. We will continue to improve the level of internal auditors.

(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 FY2022 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).

(Suzuka Works) General Environmental Education

General environmental education is implemented every year for all employees of the Suzuka Works.Previously, these meetings were held throughout the Suzuka Works, but now they are held at each workplace.This year, 451 people participated, and through the training, they deepened their understanding and cooperation in energy conservation and waste reduction, and raised each individual's environmental awareness.

(Suzuka Works) Implementation of general environmental education Image

(Numazu Works) Risk assessment of wastewater monitoring work

At the Numazu Works, while conducting wastewater monitoring work at the final treatment plant (W-4), in addition to annual emergency response training, the FES Facilities Division and FBSN jointly conduct work risk assessments to ensure safe work. There are some areas where safety improvements are needed, but we will continue to monitor wastewater while keeping safety in mind and wearing the designated protective equipment.

(Numazu Works)

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 Co.,Ltd.) Participating in the “Small Kindness” campaign, a local environmental conservation activity

The local environmental conservation activity "Small Kindness'' campaign was held for the first time in three years.Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co.,Ltd., participated in the "Shimada Street Beautification Campaign'' in October and the "Kanaya Shopping District Beautification Campaign'' in February.

(Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co.,Ltd) Education on environmental management activities Image

(Fujikura Solutions Ltd.)Clean up activities

Fujikura Solutions Ltd. held "ISO14001 Internal Audit Education" in October. This year, we continued to take preventive measures against the coronavirus and implemented them using Microsoft Teams.
We will continue to provide education to mid-level employees to improve their auditing abilities.

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

In September, Fujikura Automotive Asia Ltd. conducted a cleanup activity in the vicinity of its headquarters plant as part of its regional contribution and environmental activities. 92 people participated in the activity and collected 12 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.

(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 (west side). Activities focused on cleaning gutters and weeding. A new flower bed has been installed in front of the head office, where seasonal flowers welcome customers.

(FiberTech Co., Ltd.) Energy saving activities and cleanliness campaign

At FiberTech Co., Ltd., we have been working on a four-year plan to convert all factory lighting to LED. FY2022 will be the fourth year, and we have completed converting all other lighting in the inventory room, conference room, cafeteria, etc. to LED. This resulted in a 52% energy saving effect compared to fluorescent lighting.
In addition, FiberTech Co., Ltd. is conducting a cleanup campaign in and around the factory with the slogan, "Let's make Chiba Research Park the cleanest factory in the world!" This activity has triggered a change in the activities of the entire Chiba Research Park. We plan to continue this business for many years to come, as a way of expressing our gratitude for doing business in this region.

(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 participants learned about the risks and impacts of oil spills outside the company, as well as the structure of drainage facilities, and conducted response training.
Fujikura Precision opened a hazardous materials storage facility as a new environmental facility in 2022. In order to use the facility safely, we held a briefing session on the management system and rules for operating the storage facility for the heads of departments that handle hazardous materials and those handling hazardous materials.

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 fiscal 2022, face-to-face audits were conducted at nine locations, including those on the same premises, although one location was canceled due to the spread of the covid-19 infection.

Environmental audit locations in FY2022

Fujikura Ltd. Sakura Works, Numazu Works
Group Companies Fujikura Solutions Ltd., Sakae Seisakusho, Tohoku Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura Printed Circuits Ltd. (Akita factory), Numazu Copper Refining and Rolling Co., Ltd., Optoenergy, Inc , Fujikura Dia Cable Ltd. (Fukui factory, Kumagaya factory), Fujikura Logistics Co., Ltd. (West Japan Distribution Center, Kumagaya Branch, Numazu Branch)

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 2022 to March 2023
  • Scope: Fujikura and 18 Group Companies
Fujikura Ltd. Head Offie, Sakura Works, Suzuka Works, 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 Logistics Co., Ltd., FiberTech Co., Ltd. Fujikura Printed Circuits Ltd., Fujikura Energy Systems 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 549.4 2207.2
Upstream/downstream costs Material Information outgoing expenses, Removal cables separation costs, etc. 0.0 1.8
Cost of management activities ISO 14001 management audit costs, Book budget, Exhibition participation fee, Greening costs, Environment measurement item costs, etc. 0.0 988.4
Research and development costs R&D of environmentally friendly products 45.7 781.5
Social activity costs "Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods" maintenance costs, Around the plant clean-up activities costs, Community organizations support costs 0.0 6.2
Cost of repairing environmental damage Air pollution levy, Insurance, etc. 0.0 50.0
Total 595.1 4035.1
  • Effects (actual effects only, not including estimated effects)

(Units: million yen)

Effects on pollution prevention and global environmental protection 96.1
Effects on resource recycling 383.0
Upstream/downstream effects 0.0
Effects on management activities 0.0
Research and development 1.4
Effects on social activities 0.0
Total 480.4

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 2022.

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 (Japan)

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 Ltd. and its Japanese 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 2022, No environmental complaints at Fujikura Ltd. and Japanese group companies.

Violations in FY2022

In FY 2022, two violations of environmental standards occurred at Fujikura Ltd. and Japan group companies.
①At our Sakura Works, it was discovered that the amount exceeded the specified quantity stipulated by the Fire Prevention Ordinance in a building section within the office. We promptly reported this incident to the local fire department, took corrective action, and resolved the excessive situation.
②At our group company Shinshiro Cable, Ltd., during periodic measurements of the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of sewage wastewater, an incident occurred where the standard value stipulated by Shinshiro City's sewerage ordinance was exceeded. We have promptly reported this matter to the Shinshiro City Water and Sewage Department, and are dealing with the matter in accordance with Shinshiro City's instructions.

Fines and Sanctions

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