Fundamental Approach

Given the need to address global environmental issues and realize a green society, calls are growing for bold initiatives, such as measures focused on achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a global provider of solutions based on architectural glass, automotive glass, cover glass for displays, chemicals, ceramics, and a host of other high-performance materials and components, the AGC Group is only able to conduct its businesses thanks to the bountiful resources of the earth. Accordingly, we are keenly aware of our social responsibility, and our goal is to be a company that achieves sustainable growth together with society.
AGC’s Group Vision “Look Beyond” reflects a strong commitment to the environment. Underpinning all of our business and social contribution activities, the vision includes our Shared Values, one of which states: “We will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society in harmony with nature as a successful and responsible global citizen.”
In accordance with this corporate philosophy, we have established the AGC Group Environment Policy, which expresses our basic approach to implementing environmental activities. The policy declares that the AGC Group will realize a sustainable global environment and management by carrying out initiatives in all phases of its business activities, from procurement and manufacturing to sales, logistics, use, and disposal.

AGC Group Environment Policy Enacted on February 9th, 2001
Amended on January 1st, 2019

Principle

At AGC Group we recognize that our businesses activities, by using a large amount of resources and energy, have an impact on the environment. In line with AGC Group vision “Look Beyond” , we have set the "environment" as one of our company shared values and we are committed to take actions accordingly.
We are also committed to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society as an outstanding player in the global Materials Industry by efficiently utilizing limited resources and energy and by taking account into due consideration our impact on the natural environment, including climate change and biodiversity.

Slogan

Let’s all contribute to environmental activities, as a good global citizens.

Environmental codes of conduct

We commit to adhere to the following key principles:

  • Improve the environmental performance continuously, in accordance with environmental management system.
  • Comply with internal and external relevant environmental rules worldwide.
  • Set goals and do our utmost towards improving environmental impact of our 4. business by addressing responsible use of resources, climate change mitigation and adaptation, waste avoidance and recycling, as well as appropriate management of chemicals substances.
  • Strive to offer to society our products, service and technologies taking into due consideration their environmental impacts.
  • Communicate about our progress to our internal and external stakeholders.

Management Structure

Based on its belief that the active involvement of management personnel is essential to achieving highly effective and practicable environmental activities, the AGC Group has established an environmental management system and designated the chief technology officer (CTO) as environmental management officer. The AGC Group assesses the level of improvement in environmental activities as a whole through a management review conducted by the individual in charge, as stipulated by ISO 14001, the international standard for designing and implementing an environmental management system. The AGC Group then takes into account the results of this review when formulating the following fiscal year’s policy and plan. In addition, the Sustainability Committee, which is chaired by the president CEO, shares information on social trends related to the environment, society, and corporate governance and discusses the role that the AGC Group should fulfill and how it should address issues that may pose business risks.

Environmental Targets

In light of long-term trends in social issues, the AGC Group has identified as its materiality major opportunities and risks associated with simultaneously achieving the sustainable development of the planet and society and the sustainable growth of the Group.
Based on these major opportunities and risks, the AGC Group has established long-term strategies, strategies for each of its businesses, and sustainability (non-financial) targets while engaging in business activities with the aim of creating social and economic value.
We have set specific environmental targets based on the components of our materiality that relate to addressing climate change, using resources effectively, creating socially and environmentally conscious supply chains, and considering relationships with local communities and the environment.
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With respect to addressing climate change and considering relationships with local communities and the environment, we have set net zero carbon emissions as a goal for 2050. As milestones of progress toward this goal, we aim to achieve reductions compared with 2019 levels of 30% in GHG emissions and 50% in GHG emissions per unit of sales by 2030.

GHG emissions per unit of sales = GHG emissions ÷ Net sales

We aim to use resources effectively by advancing our business activities in ways that help to create a circular economy. Our specific initiatives and target are as follows.

  • Achieve landfill disposal percentage of less than 1%
  • Reduce the volume of resources used
  • Increase the percentage of reclaimed resources
  • Introduce non-fossil derived materials

As for considering relationships with local communities and the environment, we plan to conduct a Groupwide evaluation of our impact on natural capital and formulate themes and targets for initiatives by 2022.

Tackling climate change

Tackling climate change

Net zero carbon emissions by 2050
Reduction of 30% in GHG emissions compared with 2019 levels by 2030
Reduction of 50% in GHG emissions per unit of sales compared with 2019 levels by 2030

Helping create a circular economy

Helping create a circular economy

Landfill disposal percentage of less than 1%

Conserving natural capital

Conserving natural capital

Natural capital impact assessment