In addition to approaches based on our risk management structures, we hold liaison conferences as needed for personnel with environmental responsibilities to ensure adherence to environmental laws and regulations, the dissemination and full understanding of legal revisions, and the enhancement of their capabilities. These conferences, which are held under the direction of the Head Office Environmental Management Division, serve as opportunities for working with Group personnel to preempt environmental accidents and other compliance-related problems.
In recent years, we have implemented initiatives in response to laws and regulations related to chemical substances, such as the European Union’s ELV Directive,1 RoHS Directive,2 and REACH Regulation,3 as well as the Euro 4 regulation on motorcycle exhaust emissions.
In fiscal 2019, as there were no revisions to relevant laws, we did not implement any new risk countermeasures.
Compliance with Laws and Regulations
The Kawasaki Group strives to implement environmental management activities in compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
In fiscal 2019, there were no incidents that resulted in administrative disciplinary action or guidance from the authorities or complaints from local residents.
Within its environmental management regulations, Kawasaki has established internal rules regarding the handling of abnormalities and has set up a framework for quickly reporting to the Head Office, via specified procedures, in the event of an administrative disciplinary action or guidance or a complaint from local residents.
Previously, the Kawasaki Group implemented environmental education via e-learning as part of training for new hires. To better implement environmental management, however, in fiscal 2019 we overhauled both the range of employees to whom environmental education is provided and the content of such education.
Raising Environmental Awareness
We are engaged in communications activities aimed at enhancing the perception and awareness of environmental issues among each and every employee of the Group. We conduct ongoing awareness raising activities, including the publication of environmentrelated articles in the Kawasaki Group internal bulletin, distribution of the President’s message for Environment Month, and distribution of information (environmental data, case examples of energy saving, forestation activity reports, etc.) through our intranet, so that employees can put environmentally conscious activities into practice not only at the workplace, but also in their local communities and homes.
Cultivating Qualified Managers
To enrich management activities emphasizing energy and the environment, we are striving to cultivate individuals with legal qualifications required under laws and regulations related to energy and the environment. The number of employees with qualifications in fiscal 2019 is shown in Table 7. In addition, as an internal qualification, we offer training for internal ISO 14001 environmental management and environmental auditors, through which approximately 136 employees acquired qualifications in fiscal 2019.
Kawasaki Green Product Promotion Activity
Kawasaki-brand Green Products is a program in support of the Group Mission, “Kawasaki, working as one for the good of the planet,” and aims to boost the environmental performance of products and accelerate the reduction of environmental impact caused by associated manufacturing processes. The products selected for this program must meet criteria established by the Company and are categorized as either Kawasaki Green Products or Kawasaki Super Green Products. The products thus categorized are then publicized in compliance with ISO 14021.
The program logo embodies the Group’s commitment to environmental sustainability through products and manufacturing. The Kawasaki Group’s primary business areas—land, sea, and air transport systems, energy and environmental engineering, and industrial equipment—each with innovative and advanced technological capabilities, form three solid pillars that together support the global environment.
Kawasaki-brand Green Products
External Information Disclosure
Kawasaki discloses information about its environmental management activities to its stakeholders through such means as the Kawasaki Report, the Environmental Report (this document), and its website. In addition, a number of external evaluation organizations send us questionnaires, including the CDP climate change questionnaire; Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) surveys; the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management Co., Ltd. (SNAM) Environmental Survey; and Toyo Keizai Inc’s Toyo Keizai CSR Survey. We view these as the voices of stakeholders representing investors, and we proactively disclose environmental information by responding to such questionnaires.
The results of evaluations based on such questionnaires are shown in Table 8.