Environmental Report 2018
Promotion of Green Procurement
Status of Green Procurement
Regulations on chemical substances related to products, including the EU RoHS Directive, are becoming stricter worldwide for products containing toxic substances.
The JAE Group is reducing its uses of harmful chemical substances starting in the design stage while promoting green procurement in cooperation with suppliers.
JAE Group Initiatives and Activity Results in FY2017
●Dealing with regulated substances
・Revision of Green Procurement Guidelines that incorporate the regulations of each country concerning toxic substances contained in products.
・Handling of four phthalates newly regulated in the EU RoHS Directive (For further details, please refer to handling of phthalates described below)
●Initiatives to communicate information on toxic substances contained in products
・To properly manage chemical substances contained in products and facilitate the communication to customers of information on chemical substances contained in products, we have promoted the common scheme chemSHERPA.
●Confirmation of environmental quality by environmental advisors
・In fiscal 2004, we introduced our own Environmental Advisor Certification System and certified approximately 400 environmental advisors in Japan and overseas. The advisors conduct environmental quality checks to determine if chemical substance controls were properly and efficiently managed for Group and supplier products.
(1) Confirmation of JAE Group environmental quality
・At five domestic and six overseas sites, we conducted internal audits of environmental quality to verify that the management of chemical substances in products was being properly and efficiently carried out.
(2) Confirmation of environmental quality of suppliers
・Environmental quality checks were conducted on 452 companies in Japan and overseas based on our own check sheets.
●Communication with suppliers
The key to improving environmental quality is having a cooperative framework based on mutual trust. Toward this end, we have taken steps such as creating an environmental control system at suppliers and providing data on the inclusion of chemical substances. In fiscal 2017, we held a Procurement Policy Briefing and a New Year’s Party to create opportunities for communication and build solid relationships.
Handling PhthalatesFour phthalates have been newly added to the list of banned substances under the EU’s RoHS Directive. They are known for migration, and there is a requirement to pay attention to migration, contamination, and pollution beyond what was required for the conventional banned substances (cadmium, lead, etc.).
From 2015, the JAE Group has set up the Revised RoHS Directive Compliant Working Group and is creating a system that prevents the inclusion of the four types of phthalates in each process within the JAE Group.
Construct management system to prevent contamination in each process
|Materials/Parts:||Share information with suppliers and construct a contamination prevention system for both materials and parts|
|Transportation/Storage:||Construct a contamination prevention system during transportation and storage|
|Processing:||Construct a contamination and pollution prevention system at production line|
|Inspection:||Establish a method for inspection and create a contamination prevention system|
|Packing/Shipping:||Create a contamination prevention system and build a shipping management system|
In addition, employees are educated on the revised EU RoHS Directive and expected to acquire the minimum required knowledge to prevent unintentional inclusion. Also, we manage phthalate-containing purchased goods including office supplies and conduct purchasing management to ensure that sub-materials that were contaminated in each process are not unintentionally brought in.
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