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.
Konica Minolta is engaged in Green Product, Green Factory, and Green Marketing activities throughout the product lifecycle. In addition, targets are set within these activities to help solve business and environmental issues, and environmental efforts are integrated into the core business activities. This approach is consistent with ISO 14001:2015.
In order to promote environmental activities efficiently throughout the entire Group, Group companies in Japan acquired integrated Group ISO 14001:2015 certification in fiscal 2016. Meanwhile, activities under ISO 14001:2015 have also begun at Group sites outside Japan based on the approach of integrating environmental and core business activities. These companies completed certification in the first half of fiscal 2018.
All aspects of environmental management are overseen by the President and CEO of Konica Minolta, Inc.
The President has ultimate responsibility for and authority over all environmental management including climate change issues and is also accountable for its effectiveness. The President appoints the Group Executive for Corporate Sustainability (Group Sustainability Management Representative) to execute sustainability management and handle sustainability and environmental measures. The Group Executive formulates a medium-term plan for sustainability, which is then approved by the Board of Directors as a corporate management plan. In addition, the Group Executive for Corporate Sustainability reports monthly to the President and the Audit Committee established by the Board of Directors to report progress made on environmental management and on issues including climate change.
Konica Minolta has established a Group Sustainability Promotion Committee headed by the General Manager of the Corporate Sustainability Division, which serves as the organization implement the medium-term sustainability plan for the whole Group. The committee, in which persons responsible for sustainability promotion in each key division participate, deliberates the Group’s medium-term sustainability plan and annual plans. It also checks quarterly progress and conducts investigations related to the Group’s sustainability issues, including environmental ones.
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 effectiveness 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 committee conducts risk assessments of corporate activities, and confirms the identified risks and necessary measures to minimize them. It also confirms and reviews whether the risk management system is functioning effectively. The findings of the Risk Management Committee are reported regularly to the Audit Committee, which consists of directors who are not also serving as executive officers.
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 2019, 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.
Emergency response procedures have been established at Group companies in Japan that have acquired integrated ISO 14001 certification. Based on the group-wide rules stipulated in the Konica Minolta Environmental Management Manual, each department has identified potential situations during an emergency or natural disaster that could have a significant impact on the environment. The departments have also established the necessary crisis response procedures, and they regularly test them. The test results are then reviewed and modified as necessary.
In accordance with emergency response guidelines created by each department, training is held at least once a year to help minimize damage in the event of a major accident. For example, evacuation drills are carried out to practice for a potential explosion caused by solvent ignition, and similar drills are done to prepare for a potential external chemical spill caused by chemical leakage into a rainwater drainage structure.
Each department has also established an emergency communication system to report to the Group Executive responsible for sustainability on the same day as the incident, and all are working to take appropriate measures.
Each Group company with integrated ISO 14001 certification provides a range of environmental education to its employees in order to enhance their awareness of and ability to perform environmental activities. Many employees participate in training programs to raise the level of the Group's environmental activities. The content ranges from specialized knowledge to the understanding of issues related to global environmental problems. At least once a year, training is given to new hires, internal environmental auditors, and those involved in chemical substance management related to products.