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CSR InitiativesPriority Themes: Themes for Growth Opportunities (Environmental Improvement Activities)

The Kurita Group defines its environmental improvement activities as follows:
1) activities to comply with the environment-related laws and regulations of each country and region that are applicable in conducting business activities;
2) initiatives to solve international issues related to the sustainability of water and the environment through business activities; and
3) disclosure of information related to 1) and 2), and engagement with customers, business partners, employees, shareholders and investors, and local communities related to such activities.

The Kurita Group’s environmental improvement activities include initiatives to reduce internal water and energy use and waste emissions. They also include activities to reduce the environmental impact of customers using the products and services related to water and the environment that the Kurita Group has developed over many years. These are linked with the themes for growth opportunities in our CSR Policy. We will create shared value by achieving solutions to social issues through the reduction of customers’ environmental impact and the Kurita Group’s own environmental impact, while simultaneously achieving business growth.

Basic Policy

The Kurita Group has established the Kurita Group Environmental Policy as a common policy for the Group regarding environmental issues, which are a common challenge for society. We continuously promote initiatives for environmental improvements based on this policy.

General Provisions

  • The Kurita Group will engage in the environmental improvement activities to achieve the four themes: “finding solutions to the water resource issues”; “realizing sustainable use of energy”; “reducing waste”; and “enhancing industrial production technology” of the “CSR Policy” (hereinafter referred to as the “Growth Opportunity Themes”), based on the corporate philosophy, “Study the properties of water, master them, and we will create an environment in which nature and man are in harmony”.
  • The Kurita Group will support the “SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) adopted by the UN in 2015 and contribute to achieving relevant goals through the environmental improvement activities.
  • The Kurita Group will establish systems and rules, etc. necessary for the performance of the environmental improvement activities.
  • Officers and employees of the Kurita Group must actively engage in the environmental improvement activities in their respective capacities.
  • The Kurita Group will develop its unified medium-term goals and activity plans by fiscal year related to the environmental improvement activities and manage its activity goals.
  • If any actual or alleged breach of the local laws and regulations arises, the officers and employees of the Kurita Group will immediately report the same in accordance with the Kurita Group’s Emergency Communication Procedures.
  • The Kurita Group will check that business activities are being carried out appropriately in accordance with local laws and regulations.
  • The Kurita Group will verify the effect of the environmental improvement activities on a regular basis, and utilize this for continual improvement.
  • The Kurita Group will carry out education and training activities for the promotion of the environmental improvement activities for its officers and employees.
  • The Kurita Group will disclose, in an active and fair manner, information which helps its stakeholders to understand the environmental improvement activities.
  • The Kurita Group will check expectations and concerns of the stakeholders with regards to the Group, and utilize the results to continually improve the environmental improvement activities.

Promotion System

Promotion System

The Kurita Group has established the E&S Committee, which is chaired by an executive senior managing director and representative director of the Company, and the Group E&S (Environmental & Social) Committee, chaired by the same director and composed of representatives of domestic Group companies. These committees oversee environmental improvement initiatives in the Kurita Group. The committees formulate unified medium-term goals for the Kurita Group’s environmental improvement initiatives and action plans for each fiscal year. Personnel responsible for promotion (the committee members or designated representative of each company) are to promote activities for achieving the targets of the environmental improvement initiatives at their assigned company or organization. They report the status and results of the activities to the E&S Committee.
The E&S Committee confirms stakeholder expectations and concerns, and reports these to the Company’s Board of Directors along with the results for the Kurita Group’s CSR activities once a year.

Environmental Improvement of Customers’ Operations

The Kurita Group is taking steps to solve social issues outlined in the SDGs by providing customers with solutions on the themes of “water-saving,” “CO2 emissions reduction,” and “waste reduction.”

Promotion of CSV Business

The Kurita Group has defined products, technologies, and business models that contribute significantly to water-saving, CO2 emissions reduction and waste reduction compared to previous levels as the “CSV business,” and has expressed these advantages as respective coefficients. The reduction of environmental impact from customers’ operations is calculated based on these CSV business coefficients and application results. The CSV business is also constantly reviewed in light of the development status of more competitive products, technologies, and business models.

CSV Business Selection Standard

CSV businesses demonstrate the following standards with regard to water-saving, CO2 emissions reduction, and waste reduction:
1) Are significantly more effective than previous or competing technologies.
2) Are new technologies or applications of existing technologies in new markets.
3) Contribute to the action plans presented in the SDGs.

Internal Environmental Improvement Activities

The Kurita Group works to reduce water usage, energy usage, and waste, while adhering to the environmental laws and ordinances of each country and region that apply to the Group’s business activities. These activities, including assessments of compliance with environmental law and regulations, are implemented under the Kurita Group Environmental Policy to achieve the target set forth in the CSR Policy.

Status of Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations

  FY2018 FY2019
Infringements of environmental laws and regulations Number of infringements 0 0
Fines (Thousand yen) 0 0
Emissions having a serious impact on the environment None None

ISO 14001 Certified Bases

The Kurita Group acquires ISO 14001 certification, mainly at business sites that have a heavy environmental impact. As of September 2019, the status of acquisition in the Group is as shown below.

Company Office
Kurita Water Industries Ltd. Shizuoka, Yamaguchi, Toyoura, Tsuruga plants
Sakai Sub-branch
Kurita Chemical Manufacturing Ltd. Head Office, Ako plant
Kurita Buil-Tech Co., Ltd.
Kuritaz Co., Ltd.
Kuritec Service Co. Ltd.
Kurita-GK Chemical Co., Ltd
Kurita (Taiwan) Co., Ltd.
Kurita Water Industries (Dalian) Co., Ltd.
Kurita Water Industries (Jiangyin) Co., Ltd.
Hansu Co., Ltd.
Kurita Europe
GmbH
Ludwigshafen
Viersen
Kurita Turkey Kimya A.S
Kurita do Brasil LTDA.
Hansu Technical Service Ltd.
Kurita (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
P.T. Kurita Indonesia

Communication with Stakeholders

Environmental Education of Employees

The Kurita Group holds an employee-participation event called Kurita Environment Month to foster awareness of the environment among employees. The event calls for all Kurita Group officers, employees, temporary workers, and their families to submit experiences and ideas relating to environmental improvement. In fiscal 2019, 833 people participated, with 641 submissions. The submissions were collated into a collection and published on the intranet to be shared and utilized throughout the Group.

Bolstering Information Dissemination through the Website

The Kurita Group disseminated information about its approach, initiatives, and achievements on environmental improvement through its website, sustainability reports, exhibitions, and dialogue with shareholders and investors. In particular, we are working to bolster information dissemination through our website, where we enhance our disclosure based on the Group’s initiatives and achievements, making reference to the GRI standards.

CSR Requirements of Suppliers

The Kurita Group considers it vital to reduce environmental impacts across the entire supply chain with the cooperation of suppliers. To this end, we have established the Kurita Group CSR Procurement Guidelines, and we have asked suppliers to comply with environmental laws and regulations, take steps to reduce their environmental impact by setting voluntary standards to reduce water and energy usage, and to provide appropriate information. In particular, we ask major suppliers to conduct a self-evaluation based on the guidelines and to implement improvement measures.