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Environmental Management

Environmental Policy

The Sumitomo Electric Group has developed its environmental policy based on its business philosophy, which forms the basis for its business management. The environmental policy, detailed below, places the highest managerial priority on activities related to preservation of the global environment.

Basic Philosophy
The Sumitomo Electric Group thinks it is primarily important to establish a society that is sustainable and has less environmental impact. While making continuous and steady efforts to promote our global environmental preservation activities, the Sumitomo Electric Group contributes to world people and society by providing products and services in “Environment & Energy,” “Infocommunications,” “Electronics,” “Automotive,” and “Industrial Materials & Others” related business.
Action Guidelines
[1]
In order to promote environmental-oriented management in which the Sumitomo Electric Group considers environmental preservation activity is one of the most important issues for corporative management, the Group's action plan under this Environmental Policy will be established together with Group-wide environmental indicators and long term targets for environmental preservation. Reviewing environmental objectives and targets voluntarily, the Sumitomo Electric Group promotes continuous improvement on environmental performance.
(1)
Reduce environmental impacts in manufacturing activities
1.
Proceed our efforts to prevent global warming
2.
Promote saving and recycling resources
3.
Keep progress in environmental pollution prevention
(2)
Increase environmentally-conscious products and services for our customer demands
1.
Make best efforts toward phase out of harmful substances contained in the Sumitomo Electric Group's products
2.
Enforce carrying out product assessment
3.
Increase number of products accomplishing life cycle assessment
[2]
The Sumitomo Electric Group will fulfill and enforce environmental management system.
We communicate the Sumitomo Electric Group's Environmental Policy to all people who work at the Sumitomo Electric Group and for the Sumitomo Electric Group while we provide educational programs on environmental preservation to improve their awareness.
We conduct environmental audits, and we review and strengthen our environmental management system as well as environmental preservation activities.
[3]
The Sumitomo Electric Group will keep and improve compliance action.
In addition to comply with relevant environmental legislation and regulations, and with other requirements to which the Sumitomo Electric Group subscribes, we set up the Sumitomo Electric Group's self standards better than legislative ones and make efforts to maintain and improve them.
[4]
The Sumitomo Electric Group's Environmental Policy will be opened to the public upon request.
(Established: July 1997)

Organizations for Promoting Environmental Management

The Corporate Environment Committee is the supreme Group organization for making decisions related to environmental management. It oversees the entire Group's environmental preservation activities on a global basis. Environment Task Committees provide technical support to the Corporate Environment Committee in four themes. In addition, the Business Unit Environment Committee established in each of 5 business units supervises the concrete activities of the divisions belonging to the unit for achieving Group-wide environment objectives as well as mid- and long-term targets.

Organizations for Promoting Environmental Management

Education and Training

To enhance every employee's environmental awareness and knowledge, the Sumitomo Electric Group provides all employees with education on the history of measures to protect the global environment as well as the Group's environmental policy and the Action ECO-21 campaign. From fiscal 2010, we have also provided general environmental education as well as systematic education on environmental laws, chemical control and global warming as part of the position-based training program. In fiscal 2013, 582 employees participated in 34 sessions.

Education and training programs
Education and training programs

Environmental Audits

The Sumitomo Electric Group promotes the acquisition of ISO 14001 (environmental management system) certification, and conducts internal and external audits for the continual improvement of the environmental management system. In addition, to ensure compliance with relevant laws and reduce even more environmental impact, we have implemented new environmental audits with a focus on compliance with environment-related laws and the efforts in the Action ECO-21 campaign at manufacturing bases in Japan since fiscal 2008 and at overseas manufacturing bases since fiscal 2010.

  • Confirmation of Legal Compliance In Japan, we conduct audits to confirm compliance with 120 items of 23 environmental and related laws as well as the ordinances of the prefectures and municipalities where the sites are located. Overseas, we also carry out audits based on the environment-related laws in the countries and regions where the sites are located, as we do in Japan.

  • Action ECO-21 We have set 60 check items for our sites both in Japan and overseas to audit their activities and progress.

  • Evaluation of Facilities That May Affect Water Quality We evaluate facilities that use any of the hazardous substances subject to the regulations of the Water Pollution Control Law, designated substances, oils, etc. and may thereby affect water quality. The equipment and ancillary facilities are inspected to assess the management status on the check items set for each of the parts such as liquid storage and pipes.

Environmental Accounting

Since our CSR Report 2010, we have collected and disclosed environmental accounting data based on a new disclosure approach in reference to the concept of the Connected Reporting Framework (CRF)*

*Connected Reporting Framework (CRF) A reporting scheme recently developed in the U.K. that integrates financial and non-financial information in the disclosure.

Materials Flow (Environmental Impacts)

We calculate mass balance of inputs (resources, energy input, etc.) and outputs (emissions, product shipments) every fiscal year for quantitative assessment of the relationship between our business activities and environmental impact throughout the life cycle from product design to collection and recycling of used products to perform environmental conservation activities in a more effective manner.

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