Environmental Management

The AGC Group Basic Environmental Policy

Recognizing that its operations have considerable impact on the environment, the AGC Group has positioned environmental protection as a top management priority. Accordingly, it has established the AGC Group Basic Environmental Policy to guide business activities in ways that contribute to the environment. Based on this policy, in addition to reducing the environmental impact of its operations, it strives to develop and provide a variety of environment-related products in order to contribute to the reduction of the environmental impact of society as a whole.

In the belief that it is important to promote initiatives to resolve social issues, which include environmental problems, together with business partners and the rest of the supply chain, the AGC Group is—in addition to its promotion of green procurement—conducting a supplier CSR survey to ascertain the implementation status of suppliers’ CSR activities, including activities related to the environment.

The AGC Group’s Basic Environmental Policy

(Established on February 9, 2001 and revised on June 25, 2008)

Basic Policy

The AGC Group has designated environmental activities as one of the Shared Values in the Group Vision, “Look Beyond” with the awareness of large amount of natural resources and energy usage in its activities.

As a global material and component provider, we shall contribute to the development of a sustainable society through:

  • - Effective use of limited natural resources and energy, and
  • - Consideration of the influence of our activities on the natural environment including climate change and biological diversity.

Play your part as a responsible citizen in creating a better environment.

Guidelines for Environmental Activities

The AGC Group will implement environmental activities based on the following Guidelines throughout our business activities.

  1. We will make continuous improvements based on the Integrated Environmental Management System.
  2. We will comply with all regulations and standards prescribed by environmental laws, ordinances, treaties and agreements.
  3. We will take steps to reduce environmental impact and to prevent pollution. We will set voluntary targets as regards resource conservation, global-warming countermeasures, waste reduction and recycling, and the proper control of chemicals. We will work to accomplish these goals while making further improvements.
  4. We will develop and provide eco-conscious products, technologies, services, and facilities for society in all areas of our activities.
  5. We will actively communicate with society to foster an appropriate understanding of all aspects of our environmental activities.

The AGC Group Basic Environmental Policy is disclosed to the public.

Integrated Environmental Management System Operation

The AGC Group has been building on and maintaining its integrated environmental management system (Integrated EMS) since 2003. The objectives of the system are as follows:

  1. The Group aims to carry out environmental activities on an operational-wide basis rather than independently at each plant by integrating EMS in each of In-house Companies.
  2. The Group aims to determine the effects of its entire operations on the environment in advance, extending from product design and assembly line organization through to manufacturing and transportation, to enable it to reduce the environmental impact of its products over the products’ entire lifecycle. Accordingly, it includes the head office, sales departments and R&D divisions in addition to manufacturing plants in the Integrated EMS framework.

Under this system, each organization works to attain the goals and plans set in the Integrated EMS, and progress is evaluated by management through the integrated EMS review. Furthermore, each plant is encouraged to have external inspections based on international standards by the same certification organization, as a way to determine the level of environmental management activities in each country and region where the Group operates. Management makes use of the results of these evaluations and inspections when drafting policies and plans for the following fiscal year to ensure that environmental management activities continuously improve.

In 2013, the Group constructed the EHSQ (Environment, occupational Health & Safety and Quality) Management System to perform integrated management of EHSQ efforts across the Group as a whole, and is working to resolve the Group issues.

Promotion Structure of Integrated EMS

(As of March 31, 2015)

Promotion Structure of Integrated EMS

  • (Note) For plants and Group companies belonging to more than one In-house Company/SBU, the above numbers are indicated per In-house Company/SBU in duplication.
  • (Note) Organizations incorporated into the Integrated EMS are each ISO 14001-certified, undergoing examinations by an external certification body based on the same examination criteria. (As of the end of December 2015. Some sites are undergoing audits by external certification bodies, and are acquiring certification through the promotion systems outlined above.)
  • (Note 1) Environmental Management Representative

ISO 14001-Certified Manufacturing Plants

(As of December 31, 2015)

Region No. of manufacturing plants No. of certified manufacturing plants (No. of plants incorporated into the Integrated EMS)
AGC Asahi Glass 12 11(11)
Group companies in Japan 95 71(69)
Group companies in Asia other than Japan 35 33(30)
Group companies in Europe 105 53(9)
Group companies in the Americas 24 13(11)
Total 271 181(130)

(Note) As for non-manufacturing sites, a total of 131 locations are ISO 14001-certified (including the Integrated EMS).

AGC China

Support for Environmental Improvements in China

In November 2015, a seminar entitled "Green City, Better Life" was jointly held in Shanghai by AGC China (AGCH), the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SARI) and Tongji Green Building Council (TGBC). At this third installment of the seminar, over 100 representatives from the urban construction field were in attendance. In the morning session, representatives from universities, research institutes, schools of architectural design, as well as experts in solar technology, including AGC and other companies, gave lectures on new technologies and products related to green cities. The afternoon session was split into three sub-sessions: eco-architecture and materials, eco-transportation and new energy, and the environment and urban agriculture. At these sessions, AGC's companies and business partners in China introduced their latest products. In addition, various departments from the AGC Group participated in over 40 panel exhibitions and product introductions at an exhibition within the event space.

As was the case last year, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Japan-China Economic Association, the National Development and Reform Commission in China and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce attended the 9th Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environmental Research Forum in Tokyo during November 2015. At the forum, Japan and China signed agreements to cooperate on 26 different initiatives. AGCH presented energy-conserving initiatives for glass manufacturing lines in a presentation entitled "Power Conservation Projects in the Chinese Glass Industry," and announced their intention to cooperate with China on energy-conserving projects that benefit the environment. In conjunction with Chinese partner companies, AGCH will continue to support energy-conserving projects in the Chinese glass industry.

The "Green City, Better Life" Seminar

The "Green City, Better Life" SeminarThe 9th Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environmental Research Forum

The "Green City, Better Life" Seminar

The 9th Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environmental Research Forum


The 9th Japan-China Energy Conservation
and Environmental Research Forum

Promotion of Risk Reduction Activities at Each Plant

Using risk assessment methods, the AGC Group quantitatively evaluates risk factors hidden in business activities, reducing risk by incorporating countermeasures for high-risk items. In 2012 and 2013, the Group implemented the Serious Accident Eradication Project to expose issues regarding molten glass leaks and explosions, which pose a particularly large risk across the Group, and to propose countermeasures. Since 2014, the Group has worked to spread each countermeasure throughout the business divisions, including the coordination of these efforts with business continuity plans (BCPs). Furthermore, the Group has supervised progress of the “EHSQ” management system reviews of environment, occupational health & safety and quality issues.

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