Promoting and Implementing Responsible Care
Responsible Care is important to the Kaneka Group. We have put in place policies governing safety and Responsible Care, as well as internal regulations to ensure proper implementation of the Responsible Care approach.
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All members of the Kaneka Group share a commitment to Responsible Care (RC) (see note 1), and all of our activities are managed in keeping with Responsible Care principles.
We carry out CSR safety and quality inspections for all Group companies in and outside Japan. These address considerations related to environmental protection, occupational health and safety, product safety and quality assurance, and compliance. We also actively monitor the progress of implementation of the relevant policies and actions.
Kaneka’s Environmental Health and Safety Management Regulations and Quality Management Regulations clearly define the actions and responsibilities expected of Group companies. Employees of Group companies are urged to be proactive, and together we endeavor to reduce the environmental impact and risks of occupational accidents, as well as to improve our capacity to respond to natural disasters or product-related accidents that may occur.
Note 1: Responsible Care refers to actions undertaken on a voluntary basis by the chemical industry to promote improvements in aspects of environmental, safety, and health performance, throughout the entire process from the development of chemical products to their manufacture, usage and disposal. The initiatives and achievements are communicated to the public to raise public confidence in their operations. Kaneka has been actively promoting this approach since 1995 as a founding member of the Japan Responsible Care Council (which merged with the Japan Chemical Industry Association in fiscal 2012).
Basic Policies for Responsible Care
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In keeping with our corporate philosophy, we at the Kaneka strive to ensure the conservation of resources and reduce environmental impact throughout the entire product lifecycle, while working to help realize the sustainable development and prosperity of society.
■ Basic Policies for Responsible Care
Protect the natural ecosystem and reduce environmental impact
Focusing on the impact of corporate activities on the global environment and the ecosystem, we endeavor to reduce environmental impact and promote resource conservation and energy saving throughout the lifecycle of products.
Offer safe products and information
We endeavor to offer products that are safe to distribute and use, and to provide adequate information on the products such as instructions on how to use and handle products correctly.
Develop products and technologies in consideration of the environment and safety
Upon the development of new products, we give consideration to the environment and safety throughout the lifecycle of the products to the greatest extent possible, and endeavor to develop products and technologies with low environmental impact.
Reduce waste and promote the recycling of plastics
We reduce waste associated with manufacturing and its processes. We actively develop technologies for the adequate disposal or recycling of plastic waste concerning our products in cooperation with relevant industries, and endeavor to dispose of and recycle waste in a proper manner.
Enhance process safety, disaster-prevention, and occupational safety and health
Safety and disaster prevention constitute the foundations of the local community’s trust, and occupational health and safety are issues that need to be fulfilled by chemical companies. We persistently strive to make improvements in these areas.
Win public confidence
From the management to every employee, all our members shall act in compliance with laws, regulations, standards, etc. relating to environment and safety both at home and abroad. Our approach to Responsible Care as such shall be publicized accurately to the public, in hope of rightfully gaining public recognition and confidence.
Implementing Responsible Care
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At Kaneka, we carry out a range of Responsible Care activities to further promote measures that can be taken by the chemical industry to protect human health and safety and preserve the environment. To ensure progress with respect to the six RC codes (environmental protection, process safety and disaster prevention, occupational safety and health, chemicals and product safety, distribution safety, and interaction/communication with the public), Kaneka has set up a system to guide its initiatives.
The CSR Committee, chaired by the president and its four subcommittees, provides venues for the consideration and establishment of policies governing the operations of the Kaneka Group as a whole, as well as for monitoring related progress. Such venues are also used for information sharing and discussions to solve problems.
Responsible Care Education
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At Kaneka, we conduct Responsible Care education activities in a thorough manner tailored to each of our facilities and employees' areas of responsibility. RC training is provided to staff members in their third year and to newly promoted executives, in order to deepen their understanding of, and to enable them to act on, our company's activities related to the RC codes: such as environmental protection; process safety and disaster prevention; occupational safety and health; and chemicals and product safety.
Participated in a Responsible-Care Community Dialogue
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Community dialogues were held by the Japan Responsible Care (RC) Council in Osaka and Hyogo on November 16, 2016, and February 18, 2017, respectively.
The Osaka Plant belongs to the Osaka district and the Takasago Plant to the Hyogo district; this fiscal year, we participated in the dialogues as a member of the group of managing companies.
Community dialogue is intended to introduce the activities of district RC member companies to community residents and administrative officials and enable them to have better understanding of our business activities. The activities are mainly composed of five codes: environmental protection, process safety and disaster prevention, occupational safety and health, chemical and product safety, and distribution safety.
On the day, member companies gave presentations on their RC activities and outcomes. This was not just a briefing session; we spent sufficient time answering questions. Such efforts resulted in a vigorous exchange of views among the competent authorities, relevant companies, local residents, and residents’ associations. We will continue to promote mutual understanding with local communities through RC activities.
A presentation at the RC Community Dialogue in Hyogo
Dialogue in Osaka with many participants, including the pertinent authorities, relevant companies, and local residents