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Environmental Management System

Promotion system

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 Officer responsible for environment (Group Environmental Management Representative) to execute environmental management and handle environmental measures. The Officer responsible for environment formulates a medium-term plan for the environment, which is then approved by the Board of Directors as a corporate management plan. In addition, the Officer responsible for environment initiatives reports monthly to the President and the Audit Committee established by the Board of Directors to report progress made on environmental management.

Konica Minolta has established a Group Environmental Promotion Committee headed by the General Manager of the Environmental Management Department, which serves as the organization implementing the medium-term environmental plan for the whole Group. The committee, in which persons responsible for environmental promotion in each key division participate, deliberates the Group’s medium-term environmental plan and annual plans. It also checks quarterly progress and conducts investigations related to the Group’s environmental issues.

Organization of Group Environmental Management

Environmental Audits

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 Management System

Operating management system based on ISO 14001

To raise the efficiency 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 Sustainable Solutions, Sustainable Factory, and Sustainable 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 are also conducted 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.

Environmental Risk Management

Konica Minolta treats environmental risks as business risks. Risks are managed under the Risk Management Committee, which is chaired by the 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. Risks that are particularly important in terms of management and business are reported to and discussed with the Board of Directors.
Konica Minolta views risks as “uncertainties that could affect the organization’s revenue and losses.” With the understanding that risks are not only negative, but are also opportunities with positive aspects, the company views risk management as an activity to curb the negative aspects of risk while maximizing returns.

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 building its global compliance system to ensure that all of its production sites and sales offices comply with all legal regulations.
Konica Minolta is building management systems centered on environmental organizations in Europe, North America, China and Japan to ensure that production sites and sales companies in each region respond appropriately to environmental laws. Under these systems, steps are taken to comply with relevant laws and regulations, such as chemical substance regulations, restrictions on chemicals contained in products, recovery and recycling regulations and energy saving regulations.
In fiscal 2022, Konica Minolta continued to conduct status checks of all Group companies and found no serious violations of environment-related laws and regulations.

Product Assessment System

Konica Minolta ensures compliance with laws and regulations and strives to minimize its environmental impact by conducting equipment assessments when it installs, moves, or disposes of equipment, and product assessments when it develops or changes products.

Product assessment

When developing a new product, the Konica Minolta Group identifies the impact the product would have on the environment throughout its lifecycle, from its manufacture and distribution to its use and disposal, while setting evaluation criteria and carrying out assessments.
The Group sets targets in line with its own evaluation criteria for environmental impact, and carries out product assessments as part of its product commercialization flow. Only products whose status is checked and that have cleared the targets are sent to market. This rigorous process has ensured that Konica Minolta complies with the most recent environmental laws, properly manages hazardous chemical substances, improves the environmental performance of its products, and complies with various countries’ environmental labeling schemes.

Emergency Response

Reporting rules in the event of crises have been established to ensure that the company responds promptly and appropriately to crises caused by various risks. Konica Minolta’s executive officers and affiliated companies’ executive officers are very familiar with these rules. In line with these reporting rules, the executive officer in charge of crisis management takes the leading role in managing information on disasters and accidents that occur around the world and other crises.
Regarding the environment, 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 Officer responsible for environment on the same day as the incident, and all are working to take appropriate measures.

Environmental Education

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.

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