History of Shimadzu Environmental Activities

1973

  • Established the Environmental Preservation Section.

1978

  • Formed and participated in the Corporate Committee for the Beautification of Omurogawa and Tenjingawa, a regional river beautification activity (still currently active).

1991

  • Hadano Works and the Tokyo Research Laboratory signed an environmental safety agreement with Hadano City.

1992

  • Established the new management principle "Realizing Our Wishes for the Well-being of both Mankind and the Earth."

1994

  • Formed our global environmental activities policy.
  • Completely abolished the use of 1,1,1-trichloroethane and specified CFCs for cleaning.

1995

  • Convened the 1st Environmental Committee.
  • Started support for the United Nations University project "Monitoring and Management of POPs and PFCs in Asia."

1996

  • Received the Global Environment Award—Science and Technology Award.
  • Started a company-wide campaign for the full separation of business related general wastes.

1997

  • Established internal recycling plan guidelines.
  • Sanjo Works acquired ISO 14001 certification.

1998

  • Started activities aiming for zero emissions (min. 99 % recycling ratio).
  • Established internal environmental load reduction plan guidelines.

1999

  • Hadano Works acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Expanded sites acquiring ISO 14001 certification including the Technology Research Laboratory (Keihanna).

2000

  • Started posting environmental accounting in the environmental reports through its establishment.
  • Shimadzu Philippines Corporation acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Awarded by the Recycling Promotion Committee.

2001

  • Received the 10th Global Environment Award—Commendation by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
  • Received the 10th Nikkei Global Environment Technology Award.
  • Signed an environmental preservation agreement with Otsu City.
  • Expanded sites acquiring ISO 14001 certification to include Seta Works in the Shimadzu corporate head office facility.

2002

  • Shimane Shimadzu Corporation acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Convened an environmental administrative seminar at the State Environmental Protection Administration of China.
  • Started environmental activities at affiliated companies, and expanded sites acquiring ISO 14001 certification including those in the headquarters area offices.

2003

  • Tokyo Shimadzu Science Service (now Shimadzu Access Corporation) acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Expanded sites acquiring ISO 14001 certification to include the Kanagawa business organization, combining the Hadano Works and the Atsugi Works.
  • Participated in the CEO panel at the 3rd World Water Forum.
  • Eco-Club created a traditional sugoroku board game called "Rainwater Adventures."

2004

  • Convened an EU regulatory seminar and started support for sales and customers.
  • Received the Kyoto Prefectural Top Runner Award.
  • Developed a rooftop biotope with assistance from Kyoto Prefecture.
  • Held a corporate booth at the ACT Green Eco Plaza.

2005

  • Started RoHS seminars for overseas customers.
  • Participated in the Global Warming Prevention Symposium.

2006

  • Shimadzu Science East Corporation acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Shimadzu Science West Corporation acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Participated in the 1st annual commemorative event for the enactment of the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Eco-Club received the 2006 Global Warming Prevention Activities Award from the Minister of the Environment.
  • Solar power generation equipment was installed when new plants are constructed.

2007

  • Received the Environmental Administrative Award for Excellence at the 5th Japanese Environmental Administrative Awards.
  • Shimadzu Logistics Service Corporation's environmentally friendly packaging received the Electric Equipment Packaging Award at the 2007 Japan Packaging Contest.

2008

  • Shimadzu (Suzhou) Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd. acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Presented cases at the 2nd National "Mottainai" Convention.
  • Participated in ASEEP21 (After School Environmental Education Project 21) (to 2010).
  • Participated in the activities of the Kyoto Model Forest Association.

2009

  • Expanded sites acquiring ISO 14001 certification to include the Murasakino Works in the Shimadzu corporate head office facility.
  • Completely abolished the use of the alternative CFC HCFC-141b.

2010

  • Launched "Save the Energy" project.
  • Exhibited the card game "bidi" at the Interactive Fair for Biodiversity, an event cohosted with COP10.

2011

  • Shimadzu Techno-Research, Inc. acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Sanjo Works received the award for Excellence in Energy Management at a Plant, from the director of the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry.

2012

  • Taihei Kogyo Co., Ltd. acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Started measures to integrate and expand ISO 14001.

2013

  • Eco-Club received Excellence Award for Communication Category of Biodiversity Action Award Japan.

2014

  • The new Head Office building constructed at Sanjo Works in Kyoto was certified as Rank S, the highest evaluative level, by CASBEE Kyoto.
  • The Shimadzu Environmental and Social Report 2014 received the Excellence Award at the 18th Environmental Communication Awards.

2015

  • Shimadzu Forest, planted south of the new Head Office building, acquired AAA evaluation, the highest score from the Japan Habitat Evaluation & Certification Program (JHEP certification).
  • All Shimadzu manufacturing, R&D, and sales sites, and major affiliated companies received integrated ISO 14001 certification.

2016

  • Activities at the Shimadzu Forest received the Forest Workers Association President Award at the Forest Creation Contest for Kyoto's Future.
  • Shimadzu started traditional local plants preservation activities at the Shimadzu Forest.