External Support Activities

External Support Activities

Shimadzu proactively supports various environmental activities outside the company, including sending personnel to teach lessons at educational institutions from elementary schools to universities, conducting factory tours for groups from universities and industry, conducting seminars on the environment, providing support with acquiring ISO 14001 certification, and so on.
More unique measures include the development of environmental education materials by the Eco-Club (a team of women from within Shimadzu that engages in environmental projects), which are used to teach lessons about the environment at elementary schools, for example.
In 2015, the Eco-Club received the 13th Kyoto Environmental Award Corporate Activities Prize in recognition of their many years of activities. A selection committee member praised the club for taking a new approach for going beyond the level of environmental measures expected of companies.

Renovation of Permanent Exhibit at Osaka ATC Green Eco Plaza

Shimadzu has had a permanent exhibit booth at the Osaka ATC Green Eco Plaza since 2004. The concept for the booth was based on a hope that children would approach global environmental issues in a fun manner, like playing a game. The current theme is biodiversity.
To prevent the extinction of species, it is necessary to know what species have already gone extinct, why they went extinct, and why endangered species are close to extinction.
Therefore, the booth displays the "bidi" card game invented by Shimadzu for learning about endangered species, based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Booth at ATC

Booth at ATC

Support for Environmental Activities Outside of Shimadzu

Activities to Help Teach Children About the Environment

Shimadzu is involved in activities to provide support outside of Shimadzu as well, such as to stimulate environmental awareness and contribute to local environments.
Specifically, we conduct on-site classes about the environment at educational institutions ranging from elementary schools to universities, accept factory tours, and give presentations at seminars held outside Shimadzu, for example. The Eco-Club (a team of women from within Shimadzu that engages in environmental projects) uses unique teaching materials developed by themselves to teach classes on the environment at elementary schools. In 2017, they taught a lesson at the Shimadzu Forest, in cooperation with the Kyoto City Environmental Policy Bureau, entitled Exploration of Living Things as a Parent-Child Team.

Participants of Exploration of Living Things as a Parent-Child Team Event

Participants of Exploration of Living Things as a Parent-Child Team Event

Accepting JICA and Other Trainees from Outside Japan

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Cooperation Center Petroleum (JCCP), and other organizations accept trainees from developing countries to teach them about Japanese industrial technology. Since many participate for the purpose of learning about environmental technology, Shimadzu, which has corresponding analytical instruments and expertise, has been cooperating with such programs to train about 100 trainees per year. This training teaches about environmental management and environmental monitoring technology, demonstrates water quality analyzers and equipment, and so on.

JICA Training Session

JICA Training Session

Environmental Activities at Shimadzu Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (SPM)

Environmental Activities at Shimadzu Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (SPM)
SPM obtained ISO 14001 certification in 2000 and is engaged in environmental conservation activities, as part of its social responsibility for the company and employees actively deploying businesses in markets around the world. Specifically, SPM is committed to global environmental conservation by using third-party institutions to monitor and measure indicators of environmental impacts generated from business operations, such as harmful substances in gas emissions and noise. Ever since we planted trees in the property across from SPM in 2001, we have continued tree-planting activities in various regions within the Philippines. In addition, as a member of a monitoring team composed of members from local governments and private companies, we are also active in other environmental activities, mainly involving our managers responsible for environmental pollution measures.
In addition, we participate in a wide range of other activities that contribute to society, such as supporting orphanages or providing food, clothing, and pharmaceuticals to areas devastated by natural disasters.

On November 26, 2017, 91 employees participated in an environmental fun run event in the export zone (CEZ) of Cavite City, organized based on the theme "Race Against Climate Change."
Held as a fund-raiser for environmental activities, the registration fees and other moneys collected from the event will be used for tree planting and clean-up activities periodically performed within Cavite City.

Planting Trees in the Philippines

Planting Trees in the Philippines

Employees That Participated in the Running Event

Employees That Participated in the Running Event

Eco-Club