The Environment: Material Issues

Material Issues for the AGC Group

The AGC Group has introduced a CSR Monitoring Framework based on ISO 26000. Accordingly, the Group provides information for stakeholders via its CSR Website and other means, reporting on its targets and results in connection with the material issues specified in the Matrix of CSR Issues designated in this monitoring framework, namely “Issues for which a framework is to be developed and a commitment made to society”.

The AGC Group has examined the materiality of each issue by corresponding to Related Actions and Expectations of ISO 26000, and designated selected material issues to correspond to the ISO 26000 core subjects of the Environment. The reasons for selecting these material issues are as follows.

Material Issues Corresponding to the ISO 26000 Core Subject of the Environment

Issue Related actions and expectations
Prevention of pollution
  • Identify the impacts of its decisions and activities on the environment
  • Identify the sources of pollution and waste related to the activities
  • Measure, record and report on its significant sources of pollution and reduction of pollution, water consumption, waste generation and energy consumption
  • Implement measures aimed at preventing pollution and waste and properly manage unavoidable pollution and waste
  • Prepare an environmental accident prevention programme and an emergency plan involving workers, authorities, local communities and other relevant stakeholders

Reasons for Selection of Material Issues

The problems of environmental impact and waste stemming from corporate activity affect the planet and local environment in a variety of ways, and society is growing more concerned about preventing pollution and reducing environmental impact.

The Group recognizes that preventing pollution and reducing environmental load are the manufacturing industry’s responsibilities.

Management Approach (Organizational Management Methods)

The AGC Group builds effective management systems and promotes efforts regarding material issues based on shared Group policies.

Related Policies, Rules and Regulations

Promotion Systems

Results of 2015 Activities

The following charts show the AGC Group’s 2015 results, self-evaluation, and 2016 targets in connection with its material issues. For detailed information on each activity and other initiatives related to the Environment, please refer to the respective Web pages (accessible via the links in the upper right).

Criteria for Self-evaluation

A: Satisfactory level, in which the intended target has been achieved
B: Almost satisfactory level, in which a part of the intended target has not yet been achieved and some issues still remain
C: Unsatisfactory level, in which the intended target has not been achieved

2015 targets 2015 major initiative results Self-
evaluation
2016 targets
Promoting risk reduction and preventive measures   B
(Note 1)
Promoting risk reduction and preventive measures
  • In response to the ISO14001-2015 revisions, further evolve risk assessment, industrial safety and security, and chemical substance responses.
  • Revised Integrated EMS Manual to conform to the ISO14001-2015 revisions as a Group priority
  • Conducted review of risk assessment, industrial safety and security, and chemical substance responses, etc.
In accordance with ISO14001-2015, improve procedures for risk assessment, industrial safety and security, and chemical substance responses, and incorporate them into the environmental impact assessment
Promote Zero-landfill (waste) across the Group   B
(Note 4)
Promote Zero-landfill (waste) across the Group
  • By 2020, reduce the total amount of waste generated by basic unit (Note 2), and promote waste reduction initiatives in order to achieve
    Zero-landfill (Note 3) across the entire Group
  • The global recycling rate was 96.8% (96.7 % in 2014)
  • By 2020, reduce the total amount of waste generated by basic unit, and promote waste reduction initiatives in order to achieve Zero-landfill across the entire Group
  • (Note 1) Reason for "B" Grade: The review of risk assessment, industrial safety and security, and chemical substance responses is behind schedule
  • (Note 2) The amount of waste generated for the amount of resources invested
  • (Note 3) Zero-landfill is defined as recycling more than 99% of waste
  • (Note 4) Reason for B evaluation: Global recycling rate was approximately the same and some.

Major Achievements in 2015

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