Promotional System for Environmental Activities
As the ultimate deliberative body for environmental issues, we have set up the "Environmental Meeting" chaired by the President, attempting to deal with environmental problems as one of our business challenges. Moreover, we have a companywide promotional system under the Environmental Committee chaired by executive management based on ISO 14001. With the environmental technical committee sections that handle cross-organizational issues taking the lead, company-wide environmental activities have been proceeding, engaging the production, research and sales bases and major affiliate companies nationwide.
On the other hand, we have a comprehensive management system, closely cooperating with other committee organizations supervising approval and authorization, and safety and health affairs for the entire company.
In February 2018, Shimadzu transitioned to compliance with ISO 14001:2015, an international standard for environmental management systems and compliance was reviewed for recertification. In addition to recognizing that Shimadzu has continuously maintained and improved the environmental management system, the external certification body also recognized that the system was properly migrated to be in compliance with the 2015 version, activity levels were stimulated by issuing environmental improvement awards, regional environmental contribution activities or other active external communication measures were implemented, improvement activities based on conventional business processes are implemented throughout the company, and so on.
Important environmental issues are deliberated and decided on in an environmental committee, which meets biannually in April and November. To ensure that Shimadzu's environmental management system remains appropriate and effective, the committee conducts a management review in April to deliberate environmental policies for the new fiscal year, and environmental goals and objectives. In November, environmental improvement awards are bestowed on groups and individuals that have achieved prominent environmental improvements through daily activities within the company.