Rapid economic development has enabled human beings to enjoy a higher standard of living, but in the process has degraded the quality of the earth’s environment, the home of every living creature, and is creating a negative legacy for the generations to come.
Air and water pollution, global warming, the destruction of the ozone layer, acid rain, loss of the rain forests, desertification-the problems facing the global environment are growing more and more extreme.
In 1992 the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit, was held in Rio de Janeiro to address these issues. It set an agenda of sustainable development for all, development that is compatible with a healthy environment. The environmental problems facing us were brought into sharp focus, as was the necessity of working actively on a global scale to solve them.
In a time when no corporation can afford to ignore the environment, we have made the task of fully addressing environmental issues an integral part of our corporate philosophy. We set up our Environment Protection Committee in 1999 to coordinate and promote environmental activities across the company as a whole. In particular we are working toward a more harmonious relationship with the environment by developing environmentally-friendly businesses and promoting eco-businesses. In 2000 we acquired ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems.
These and other efforts to preserve the environment are part of the company-wide program we call Nagase Eco-Literacy. Although our efforts could still use improvement, I hope these pages will provide you with useful information about what Nagase is doing to contribute to the achievement of an ecologically sustainable society.
Note : As of April 1, 2011, Nagase has disbanded its Environment Protection Committee and transferred activities formerly under its auspices to the Risk Management & Compliance Committee.