Policies and History of Initiatives for the Environment

Basic Environmental Policy

The Unitika Group named 1993 as an Environmental First Year, when we enacted the Unitika Global Environment Charter compiled from our pledge, basic philosophy, and action guidelines. Since then, we have complied with this Charter to ensure that our corporate management methods are environmentally aware, working on a range of environmental activities.

Unitika Global Environment Charter

Pledge

The growth and development of mankind is rapidly altering our planet’s air, water and soil, threatening both the global biosphere and our own future, since both must depend on a finite ecosystem. As a corporation with more than a century of business activities contributing to the public good, we are highly aware of the demanding conditions now facing the global environment.
The Charter is the declaration of our intention to focus more attention on protecting and helping the environment, making appropriate environmental action the core of our business activities.

Basic Philosophy

Better living through technology, driven by corporate activities that help humans and nature coexist.

Action Guidelines

1. Continual awareness of the global environment
The Unitika Group always considers the effects of our corporate activities on the global environment, following a rigorous set of management procedures during product manufacture to prevent harm to it.

2. Contributing through technology development
We aggressively research and develop technologies to protect and help the global environment.

3. Using resources and energy efficiently
We promote efficient use of resources and energy, and recycle limited resources.

4. Carrying out PR and educational activities
We or ganize a large number of PR activities that provide information on protecting and helping the global environment, and promote and implement a wide range of educational events.

5. Drawing on the complete range of Unitika Group competencies
Following the mandates of the Charter, we draw on our complete range of competencies to protect and help the global environment.

Unitika’s Environmental Preservation Activity History

The Unitika Group has been continuing with and evolving our environmental preservation activities for over 50 years. We will continue with our environmental management into the future.

Pollution first became a major issue in Japan in 1973. That year, Unitika created the Environmental Preservation Regulations, making a clear distinction between environmental measures and outward-directed production activities, to enable compliance with regulatory and standards values. In 1991, we created a companywide organization called the Environmental Preservation Committee, followed in 1993 by the Unitika Global Environment Charter. That year we began yearly environmental auditing, establishing the basic direction for our environmentally-aware management style that has continued to this day. In 1998, we created the Unitika Charter of Corporate Behavior, a document that sets forth the basic action policy needed to fulfill our Unitika Group mission as a public-spirited corporation. Its first article sets forth our responsibility for environmental and safety awareness.

The Unitika Action Standards created and implemented in April 2001 expanded on the Unitika Action Charter, by setting forth specific action standards for Unitika organizations and employees to comply with in the performance of their routine business activities. Based on this, we started corporate activities grounded in a mindset of corporate social responsibility (CSR). They cover areas such as the environment, safety, compliance and society, and shared awareness with stakeholders.

September
1973
Created and implemented Environmental Preservation Regulations.
October
1991
Revised Environmental Preservation Regulations, established Environmental Preservation Committee.
April
1993
Created and implemented Global Environmental Charter.
May
1993
Revised Environmental Preservation Regulations, enacted and enforced as Environmental Regulations, and set up and held annually the Environment Committee.
May
1994
Started environmental audits (once per year). (Voluntary audits by each production site, and internal audits by headquarters staff.)
July
1996
Created targets for first Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 1997 to 1999).
September
1996
Started publishing Kankyo, our in-house newsletter on environmental issues.
October
1997
Started activities aimed at becoming ISO 14001-certified at our major production sites.
January
1998
Created and implemented Unitika Charter of Corporate Behavior.
January
1999
Unitika Chemical was awarded ISO 14001 certification (first in Group).
October
2000
Created targets for second Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2000 to 2002).
April
2001
Created Unitika Action Standards.
October
2002
Published Unitika Environmental Report.
October
2002
Created targets for third Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2003 to 2005).
October
2005
Created targets for fourth Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2006 to 2008).
October
2008
Created targets for fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2009 to 2011).
October
2011
Created targets for sixth Medium-Term
January
2015
Created targets for seventh Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2015 to 2017).
January
2018
Created targets for eighth Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2018 to 2020).
October
2020
Created targets for ninth Medium-Term Environmental Plan (FY 2021 to 2023).

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