Basic Approach to Environment

The NAGASE Group aims to realize a sustainable world where people live with peace of mind. We believe a prerequisite of this vision is a sustainable global environment.

Currently, changes in the global environment are pressuring companies and individuals to make big decisions. The NAGASE Group helps realize a sustainable society by actively working to solve environmental problems, including by promoting a low-carbon society, realizing a recycling society, preventing pollution, preserving biodiversity, and efficiently using water.

In pursuing business activities, we give consideration to the natural ecosystem, global environment, and the conservation of the global environment, and make efforts for resource-saving, including reductions in energy and water consumption, and for the reduction and recycling of waste.

Environment Policy

In the spirit of our Management Philosophy we established the following policy for the protection and conservation of the natural environment.

1.Comply with all environmental laws, regulations and other rules

We will observe all environmental laws, municipal bylaws, environmental regulations and other rules as we conduct our business activities.

2.Develop businesses that give full consideration to environmental issues

In pursuing business activities, we give consideration to the natural ecosystem, global environment, and the conservation of the global environment, and make efforts for resource saving, including reductions in energy and water consumption, and for the reduction and recycling of waste.

3.Fulfill our responsibilities as a good corporate citizen

As a good corporate citizen, we will work together with public institutions, industries, and local communities to promote environmental conservation measures that are suitable for the NAGASE Group.

4.Environmental management systems and continuous improvement

The NAGASE Group has set environmental targets to achieve our environmental policies. Further, we have established and operate an environmental management system, striving for continuous improvement.

5.Disclose and make the relevant parties fully aware of our Environmental Policy

We will disclose our Environmental Policy to the public and make all who work for the NAGASE Group fully aware of its contents.

Established on October 29, 1999;
revised on April 1, 2021

Environment Management System

The NAGASE Group began building an environmental management structure in May 1999 by establishing an Environmental Protection Committee, a role currently assumed by the Risk Management & Compliance Committee. The committee encouraged and supported certification for ISO 14001, an international standard for environmental management systems. Today, NAGASE & CO., LTD. operates an environmental ISO organization that includes six other group companies: Nagase Chemical, Nagase Plastics, Nagase Abrasive Materials, Nishinihon Nagase, Nagase Elex, and Nagase-OG Colors & Chemicals. Japan group companies Nagase ChemteX, Totaku Industries, Nagase Techno-Engineering, Nagase Techno Service, and Fukui Yamada Chemical have received independent certification. We will continue activities to improve environmental management systems among certified group companies.

環境管理体制

The NAGASE Group has set the following targets to promote environmental initiatives in the areas of Climate Change, Biodiversity, Resource Recycling and Pollution, Chemicals Management, Water Resources, and Supply Chain. Please check the page of each disclosure item for the progress of each target.

Disclosure item Target item Boundary Targets for FY2020
Climate change GHG emissions Group Quantitative:
CO2 emissions (1% or more reduction per year of carbon intensity)
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030 compared to FY2013 level (Japanese government target)
Biodiversity Business activities that may have an impact
Sustainable palm oil procurement
Group Qualitative:
In line with the NAGASE Group's Basic Approach to Biodiversity, with regard to business activities that may have a significant impact on biodiversity, we will strive to understand how we depend on biodiversity and what kind of impact we are having, and to minimize our impact on biodiversity and contribute to its recovery.

Quantitative:
Sustainable palm oil procurement
100% (in FY2025)
Resource recycling and pollution
Raw materials
Amount of paper used Non-consolidated (Tokyo Head Office) Qualitative:
In accordance with the NAGASE Group Environmental Policy (2. Promoting Environmentally Conscious Businesses), we will work to reduce paper consumption at offices.
Resource recycling and pollution
Waste
General office waste
Recycling rate
Non-consolidated (Tokyo Head Office) Qualitative :
In accordance with the NAGASE Group Environmental Policy (2. Promoting Environmentally Conscious Businesses), we will work to improve the recycling rate at offices.

Quantitative :
Recycling rate of 80% or more
Amount of general office waste Non-consolidated (Tokyo Head Office) Qualitative: In accordance with the NAGASE Group Environmental Policy (2. Promoting Environmentally Conscious Businesses), we will work to reduce the amount of waste generated at offices.
Pollution and resource recycling
Contamination
New investment Non-consolidated Qualitative:
In accordance with the NAGASE Group Environmental Policy (1. Compliance with environmental laws and regulations), we will strive to prevent pollution by controlling the emission of pollutants, and comply with environment-related laws, ordinances, and other laws and regulations in the promotion of our business activities.
Production Group Qualitative:
In accordance with the NAGASE Group Environmental Policy (2. Promoting Environmentally Conscious Businesses), we will strive to prevent pollution by controlling emissions of pollutants at production sites, and conduct production activities.
Chemical management Management system to appropriately respond to relevant laws and regulations Group Qualitative:
In line with the NAGASE Group's Basic Approach to Chemical Management, we will strengthen product-related legal management, including chemical management, promote centralized information management, and establish a management system that appropriately responds to related laws and regulations for all products handled by the Group.
Water resources Volume of water taken and recycled
Recycling
Group Qualitative:
In accordance with the NAGASE Group Environmental Policy (2. Promoting Environmentally Conscious Businesses), we will monitor the volume of water taken and recycled, manage water resources appropriately, and reduce the environmental impact.
Supply chain Value chain and environment Group Qualitative:
In line with the NAGASE Group Procurement Policy (3. Consideration for the Global Environment), we aim to build and maintain a responsible supply chain by having our business partners understand that environmental issues are social issues that should be addressed throughout the value chain.

Acquisition of ISO 14001 certification

The NAGASE Group established the Global Environment Committee in May 1999, and after the President's "Kick-off Declaration" in July, we established an environmental policy, developed an environmental management system, and have been working on environmental conservation activities as one company. On April 28, 2000, we passed an audit by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), an audit and registration organization, and acquired ISO 14001 certification, an international environmental management standard. Currently, NAGASE & CO., LTD. and its Group companies have acquired ISO 14001 certification, and the environmental ISO organization operates, maintains, and renews the certification. The ratio of ISO certified companies to all Group companies is 36.0% (as a percentage of the number of employees).
(as of the end of March 2020).

Internal environmental audits and external audits

The NAGASE Group conducts internal environmental audits once a year in accordance with the ISO 14001 environmental management system. The certification authority also conducts external audits.

Third-party assurance of environmental data

The Scope 1, 2, 3 data we disclose is third-party guaranteed by SOCOTEC Certification Japan to enhance the reliability of the information.

Violation of environmental laws and regulations

There were no violations of environmental laws and regulations (payment of fines or penalties) in the NAGASE Group in FY2020.

Education and enlightenment activities

We educate and enlighten our employees on ISO 14001 through the distribution of environmental cards to employees and the display of internal posters. We also provide information and discussion on important themes related to environmental issues such as climate change through Round Sessions for each business unit by the Sustainability Office, which was established in April 2021, and the Climate Change Workshop, where representatives of business units share information and discuss the “opportunities,” which is a disclosure item of TCFD (the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures).

気候変動セッション

Climate Change Workshop

環境カード

Environmental card