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Environmental Safety Policy / Targets and Promotion System

Since the foundation of the company, based on the corporate motto "Respect the Divine and Love People," the Kyocera Group has focused all corporate activities on three pillars of coexistence (Living Together): Coexisting with Our Community, Coexisting with Global Society, and Coexisting with Nature. The entire Kyocera Group is committed to environmental management and aims for sustainable corporate development while striving to combine the goals of ecology and economy.

The Kyocera Group handles many chemical substances during production processes, such as raw materials and chemical agents for fine ceramics. Regarding treatment of wastewater from factories, our policy is to purify discharged water to a state cleaner than the water system into which it is to be released. It is Kyocera Group policy to render any industrial waste as harmless as possible by using the latest technology.

Based on this philosophy, The Kyocera Group established its "Kyocera Environmental Charter" in 1991. In 2015, following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, we formulated the "Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Policy" aiming to further reduce environmental impact and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society. We have also established the "Kyocera Group Long-term Environmental Targets" and the "Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Targets” to promote more active and continuous environmental protection activities.

Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Policy

The Kyocera Group has put in place the Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Policy, which combines policies on the environment and safety and sanitation, including providing products that contribute to the global environment and contributing to a sustainable society, to promote comprehensive measures for environmental safety based on its management rationale in conducting business activities. Business activities covered by the policies below include business expansion via M&A, where we carry out due diligence to identify potential environmental risks and reflect that in post-acquisition improvement plans.

Kyocera Group Environmental Safety Policy

Compliance with laws and other regulations

  • Kyocera will comply with laws, agreements, and internal standards regarding the environment and work safety.

Provide products that contribute to the global environment

  • Kyocera will increase research and development of products that make a positive contribution to the enhancement of the global environment and minimize environmental impact at all stages of the product life cycle; and the Company will strive to spread the use of such products.

Contribute to a sustainable society

  • Kyocera will promote greenhouse gas emission control in the entire value chain to contribute to the realization of a carbon-free society.
  • Kyocera will contribute to the realization of a society with sustainable recycling of resources by purchasing resources with low environmental impact, reducing the volume of new resource consumption, and minimizing waste.
  • Kyocera will strive to prevent environmental pollution by properly managing chemical substances in all processes.
  • Kyocera will advance conservation of biodiversity by minimizing negative impacts on the natural environment, as well as by protecting and nurturing the natural environment.

Ensure employee health and safety and prevent accidents and disasters

  • Kyocera aims to build a corporate culture that creates an accident-free and disaster-free workplace environment where everyone can work safely and with peace of mind.
  • Kyocera will conduct risk assessments and reduce occupational health and safety risks by eliminating sources of danger in order to prevent workplace accidents and disasters.
  • Kyocera strives to build a work environment where employees feel healthy, enjoy job satisfaction and can reach their maximum potential by promoting mental and physical health.

Conduct stakeholder communication

  • Kyocera will support Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and communicate with various stakeholders.

Operation of an environmental and safety management system

  • In the course of business activities, through operation of the management system, the Kyocera Group will proactively promote comprehensive measures for environmental protection and work safety, based on the management rationale, and continuously improve environmental and safety performance.

April 1, 2020
Kyocera Corporation
Hideo Tanimoto, President

Long-term Environmental Targets

Since the Paris Agreement took effect in 2016, governments and businesses have been advancing toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Kyocera Group positions response to climate change as a priority task and set its long-term environmental targets in 2018. These targets have been certified as SBT (Science-Based Targets) by the SBT Initiative, an international environmental organization.

Kyocera Group Long-term Environmental Targets

  • Scope* 1, 2 GHG emissions: Reduce 30% by FY2031 compared to FY2014 levels (SBT certified)
  • Scope* 1, 2, 3 GHG emissions: Reduce 30% by FY2031 compared to FY2014 levels (SBT certified)
  • Renewable energy adoption: Increase 10x by FY2031 from FY2014 levels

Scope 1: Direct emission associated with fuel consumption and production processes

Scope 2: Indirect emission associated with consumption of power or heat purchased from outside

Scope 3: Indirect emission other than Scope 1 or 2 (Including procurement of raw materials, transport, use and disposal of products, as well as employee commuting and business trips)

Scope1,2 and Scope1,2,3 targets have been certified as SBT (Science-Based Targets) by the SBT Initiative, an international environmental organization.

SBT Logo

Environmental Management Promotion System

The Kyocera Group actively promotes environmental initiatives based on our management rationale. In order to continuously improve our environmental performance, we have established a system to promote environmental management, which is led by our president and promotes environmental policies.
The Kyocera Group EHS Manual Basic Edition and the Kyocera Group EHS Standards were established in October 2020 in an initiative to spread awareness of environmental safety management rules and standards throughout the Kyocera Group and promote continuous improvement. This initiative is taking place throughout the Kyocera Group and is facilitating the strengthening of our global environmental safety management system.
The principal Kyocera Group sites in Japan, and some of our overseas sites, have acquired integrated ISO14001 certification.

【Individual Certification】

Environmental Management Promotion System Chart

Environmental Education

The Kyocera Group provides systematic environmental education to help all employees understand the significance of environmental protection activities and their roles in them.
Specifically, environment education is divided into general/awareness education and special education and is provided to employees systematically depending on their rank and occupation so as to improve environmental awareness.

Environmental Education Chart

Efforts to Improve Employees’ Environmental Awareness

The Kyocera Group sets a specific period, in which environmental preservation activities, such as energy-saving or power-saving activities, are actively implemented in order to improve employees’ environmental awareness and enhance environmental preservation activities at plants and offices. In 2020, we designated June as our Environmental Awareness Month 2020; our activities included the creation of “green curtains” (growing vegetation to shade windows) and energy-saving patrols. Regional environmental events were held overseas as well, with staff engaging actively in projects.

Environmental Awareness Month 2020
Environmental Awareness Month 2020
Tree-planting activity conducted together with local residents (Thailand)
Tree-planting activity conducted together with local residents (Thailand)

Environmental Audit

The Kyocera Group conducts periodic internal audits to make sure the Environmental Management System is being run properly based on the requirements of ISO14001.
The results and corrective actions are reflected in the review and in the improvement of the Environment Management System.

Environmental Audit
Environmental Audit

Main Feedback on Sustainable Management

Selected for the Top-ranking A List in the CDP Climate Change Survey

Kyocera was selected by CDP, an international non-profit, for its top-ranking A-List for environmental activities. CDP has global influence in the environmental field, and it recognized Kyocera as a company with excellent transparency and initiatives against climate change. The Kyocera Group has set FY2031 targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adopting renewable energy, and we are currently expanding aggressive action towards their achievement. Based on recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Kyocera is reviewing climate-related risks and opportunities, formulating energy strategies based on analysis of scenarios where global average temperatures have risen by 2~4 degrees Celsius, and moving forward with measures such as the adoption of renewable energy. CDP selected Kyocera for the Climate Change A-List in overall recognition of our activities about climate change.

The CDP Climate Change A List

Selected for the CDP Supplier Engagement Leader Board

For the second year running, Kyocera has been chosen for CDP's Supplier Engagement Leader Board to recognize our activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout our supply chain. CDP assesses companies based on climate change countermeasures throughout their value chain and selects outstanding companies for its Supplier Engagement Leader Board. The Kyocera Group sets medium to long-term greenhouse gas emissions targets (SBT* certified) and aims to reduce our environmental impact throughout our value chain. CDP selected Kyocera in overall recognition of those initiatives.

SBT: Science Based Targets (greenhouse gas reduction targets based on scientific grounds)

Supplier Engagement Leader Board

Received the Japanese Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity for the 10th Year Running

The Kyocera Group has been awarded the Japanese Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity consecutively for the ten years since our high output solar power module first received the prize in 2010. We received the Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (implementation of countermeasures/dissemination category) in overall recognition of our community-based environmental preservation activities in 2019. These include the following measures at the Kyocera Document Solutions Tamaki Plant: installation of solar panels on the roof, individually controlled air conditioning, use of LED lighting, installation of highly energy-efficient equipment, and eco-lessons at local elementary schools.

2,814 solar panels installed on the roof of the plant
2,814 solar panels installed on the roof of the plant

Other Awards (FY2020)

Date Award Recipient
September, 2019 Japan Greenery Research and Development Center President’s Honorable Mention Award, National Green Factory Awards Shiga Yasu Plant
December, 2019 WorldStar Award 2020 Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
March, 2020 Office with Excellent 2R, Sorting and Recycling Activities Kyoto Fushimi Office, Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto Co., Ltd.