Environmental Management at Konica Minolta
Environmental Management System
Operating management system based on ISO 14001
To ensure efficient implementation of environmental management throughout the Group as a whole, Konica Minolta operates its management system based on ISO 14001, and it has established a basic policy of requiring that all Group production sites around the world work to obtain ISO 14001 certification.
To address a range of environmental issues, it is necessary to implement measures that take into account each stage in the product life cycle. To accomplish this, Konica Minolta believes that it must operate not only its manufacturing sites, but also its product development, sales and administration divisions under an integrated management system with efficient cooperation between divisions. Based on this concept, Group companies in Japan have acquired integrated Group ISO 14001 certification as the cornerstone of the Group's environmental management.
In response to revisions made to the ISO 14001 standard in 2015, Group companies in Japan began adapting activities to the revisions in fiscal 2016. The plan is to register for integrated Group certification under the revised edition in 2016. Production sites outside Japan have also started to bring their activities into compliance with the revisions and will register for certification one by one.
All aspects of environmental management overseen by the Executive Officer in charge of environmental affairs
Konica Minolta, Inc. has appointed an executive officer in charge of environmental affairs with the authority and responsibility for Group-wide environmental issues.
Furthermore, Konica Minolta has established a Group Environmental Managers' Committee headed by the General Manager of the Environment Division as an organization for oversight of the environmental target implementation plan for the whole Group. The committee, in which persons responsible for environmental management in each business division participate, deliberates the Group’s medium-term environmental plan and annual target implementation plans. It also checks quarterly progress and conducts investigations related to the Group’s environmental issues.
Organization of Group Environmental Management
At Konica Minolta, the Group Internal Environmental Auditing Committee, which is chaired by the head of the Corporate Audit Division, directs the internal environmental auditing for the entire Group.
Through internal environmental audits, which are conducted at least once a year, the Group verifies the adequateness and compliance of management systems. Additionally, by checking the implementation status of the medium-term plan, audits ensure that management systems are functioning effectively in all the Group's organizations.
Environmental Risk Management
Konica Minolta treats environmental risks as business risks. Risks are managed under the Risk Management Committee, which is chaired by the executive officer in charge of risk management, who is appointed by the board of directors, to prevent risks from coming to a head.
The Group has also established management systems centered on environmental organizations in Europe, North America, China, and Japan so that production site and sales companies in each region can respond appropriately to applicable environmental laws. Under these systems, steps are taken to comply with relevant laws and regulations in each country (e.g. chemical substance regulations, restrictions on chemicals contained in products, recovery and recycling regulations, and energy saving regulations).
Compliance with Environmental Regulations
As environmental problems such as global warming and the depletion of energy resources increase in scope to encompass entire regions, and indeed, the entire planet, government policies and regulations at the regional and national levels around the world are being reconsidered and strengthened in order to ensure sustainable growth.
As a global business enterprise, Konica Minolta is strengthening its global compliance system to ensure that all of its production sites and sales offices comply with all legal regulations.
In fiscal 2015, the Group conducted compliance assessments of all Group production sites and confirmed the status of compliance in keeping with the new regulations and legal revisions at sales offices. No serious violations were found with regard to environment-related laws and regulations.