Corporate Social ResponsibilityActivities as a Good Corporate Citizen

Preservation of the Global Environment

We believe that solving global-scale problems such as preservation of the natural environment and effectively using resources is in agreement with the Kurita Group corporate philosophy, deepens the significance of the Group's existence, and has a positive impact on corporate value.

Fundamental Approach to Environmental Improvement Initiatives

The Kurita Group's basic policy for its environmental improvement initiatives is to operate in keeping with its corporate philosophy and to endeavor to resolve water and environmental issues so that the Kurita Group can broadly contribute to society. In accordance with this policy, we carry out environmental improvement initiatives in three aspects in accordance with the three activity guidelines described below.

Environmental Improvement Initiative Guidelines

  1. We will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by developing new products and technologies that are conducive to environmental improvement.
  2. We will work with customers to improve the environment by providing products, technologies, and services that boost productivity, reduce environmental impact and offer innovative energy solutions.
  3. In conducting daily business activities, we will reduce environmental impact through operational improvement and innovation.

Three Aspects of Our Environmental Improvement Initiatives

Technological Innovation Aspect

Initiatives that contribute to the development of a sustainable society by developing new products and technologies that support environmental improvement.

Customers' Needs Aspect

Initiatives that contribute to the environmental improvements wanted by customers through products, technologies, and services.

Internal Change Aspect

Initiatives that continuously reduce environmental impact through improvement of and innovation in our business operations.

Results of Environmental Activities in the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2016

Technological Innovation Initiatives

New key products and technologies that the Company believes to contribute to the development of a sustainable society for this fiscal year were as follows.

New Products and Technologies Environmental Improvement Items
CO2 Waste Environmentally
harmful substances
Water
pollutants
Water supply unit and water treatment control system for low pressure boiler    
Automatic system to control the injection of chemicals for incinerator fly ash    
RO membrane cleaning chemicals for electronics plant      
Highly concentrated sludge membrane system, scale dispersion agent and COD Digester for wastewater  
Coagulation-sedimentation unit capable of treating a large volume of water and highly suspended matters      
Tower wastewater treatment unit using the aerobic granule technology    
Software and multicomponent living substance treatment simulation model to support the study of utility costs
Dry methane fermentation system for private industrial waste dispose business    

Initiatives for Meeting Customers' Needs

In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, we continued our efforts to contribute to the reduction of customer environmental impact by optimizing the selection of water treatment chemicals, reducing waste water volumes by increasing water reclamation volumes, and cutting carbon dioxide emissions by replacing boilers. Refer to Kurita Group Environmental Report 2016 for detailed results.

Internal Change Initiatives

Targets for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2016

Items Targets
Energy consumption Reduce per-unit energy consumption by an average of 1% annually starting in FY03/2012
Waste volume Reduce waste to below the previous year's level
Recycling rate Increase the recycling rate to above the previous year's level

Reducing Energy Consumption

With regard to energy consumption, to comply with Japan's Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act), we established targets for per-unit energy consumption and take measures to reduce energy consumption with a target of achieving absolute energy consumption below the previous fiscal year's level. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, we cut electric power consumption by switching to pumps with inverters in the ultrapure water supply business, reduced electric power consumption by aeration equipment by reinforcing pH control monitoring of biological treatment waste water facilities, and took other measures, As a result, both per-unit energy and absolute energy consumption achieved the targets.

Reduction of Waste

In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, we cut waste volumes by improving operation of waste water treatment control at ultrapure water supply sites and reduced sludge by decreasing waste water load and as a result, targets were achieved. The recycling rate target was also achieved as a result of thorough separation and collection of waste at a R&D site and offices.

Energy Consumption* (crude oil equivalent)

For the years ended March 31

*Kurita Group companies which are specified business operators and designated energy management factories of Kurita Water Industries

Reference: CO2 Emissions

For the years ended March 31

Waste Output and Recycling Rate

For the years ended March 31

*Recycling rate = (Valuables + Recycled materials) / (Valuables + Waste output)

Environmental Communications

Kurita Water Industries Ltd. uses an internal intranet to issue an eco-newsletter that informs personnel about environmental improvement initiatives and the progress of activities with the aim of raising awareness and understanding. Additionally, one month is designated Kurita Environment Month and experiences, photos, drawings, and slogans relating to environmental improvement are collected from officers, employees, and their family members in order to promote broad environmental awareness within the Group and encourage environmental improvement activities. This event, which was launched in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, resulted in the submission of numerous eco-ideas for environmental improvement in day-to-day life.

Contribution to Local Communities

The Kurita Group strives not just to contribute to society through its business activities but also to actively return to society the insight and expertise that it gains through business and establish a favorable reputation within society.

Promotion of Science and Technology Relating to Water and the Environment

A subsidy presentation ceremony held in 2015
A subsidy presentation ceremony held in 2015

Kurita Water Industries Ltd. established the Kurita Water and Environment Foundation in 1997 with the aim of contributing to the promotion of science and technology relating to water and the environment. The Foundation is a public interest incorporated foundation, and domestic Group companies make contributions to the Foundation each year to provide operating funds. The Foundation uses these contributions for its operating expenses. Each year, the Foundation provides subsidies and other support for surveys and research on water and the environment.
The Foundation launched a research subsidy project in Thailand in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 and initiated research subsidy programs in Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. By actively providing research subsidies in Japan and overseas, the Foundation seeks the development of an environment in which nature and man are in harmony.
The Foundation has subsidized a total of 1,158 projects, amounting to roughly ¥569 million, since its establishment through to the end of March 2016. Of those, 75 subsidies were provided overseas in the amount of about ¥26 million.

Support in Disaster Areas

"Kurita Rescue," an emergency water purificationsystem used during water supplysupport activities
"Kurita Rescue," an emergency water
purification system used during water
supply support activities

The Kurita Group has a policy of providing support to disaster-stricken areas when a major natural disaster occurs in a country in which the Group has a business site. When a serious drought hits or water supplies fail due to an earthquake in Japan, the Group conducts water supply support activities using emergency water purification equipment and maintains necessary equipment and supplies at all times, enabling the Group to respond immediately even to sudden requests.
In response to the Kumamoto Earthquake on April 14, 2016, the Kurita Group donated ¥10 million through the Japanese Red Cross Society and supplied 12,096 liters of mineral water made by our subsidiary to local governments in the disaster area as relief aid to assist those affected by the earthquake and support recovery in the affected region. We also determined the status of damage to water treatment facilities in customer plants that were damaged and worked to repair and restore those facilities as quickly as possible so that business operations could be resumed.

Regional and Community Activities

Local cleanup activities in the area surrounding the Kurita Global Technology Center
Local cleanup activities in the area surrounding the
Kurita Global Technology Center

The Kurita Group strives to be accepted as a member of the community and to develop along with the local communities in regions where the Group has business sites. Regional and community activities consist of (i) activities relating to local cleanup and preservation of the natural environment, (ii) activities relating to the promotion of health and welfare within the community, and (iii) activities relating to disaster and crime prevention within the community.
In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, the Company held sports events on its fields, conducted local cleanup activities in the area surrounding the Kurita Global Technology Center, and engaged in various other activities with strong local ties.