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Environmental Report

Environmental Management

Environmental Management Promotion Structure

At the Hitachi Chemical Group, discussion and policy decisions on overall ESG management take place at the Group Environment & CSR Committee where, in addition to environmental burdens, business risks, and opportunities associated with environmental issues at the global level (climate change, circular economy, water-resource reduction, and conservation of ecosystems) that are incorporated into new policy decisions and initiatives.

All of our major production sites have acquired ISO14001 certification and are tackling environmental issues in line with the needs of the individual localities and businesses through incorporating the environmental action plan that applies to the entire Group. Additionally, these activities are combined with information exchange, lateral cooperation through various committees and environmental audits within the Group so group members can help each other improve their respective environmental management activities.

Environmental Management Promotion Structure

Implementing Environmental Audits

Self-conducted environmental audits are implemented on a regular basis each year at the Hitachi Chemical Group’s main production sites in Japan. Audit teams comprising members selected from each production site and from Group companies have been conducting Environmental Safety audits since 1973, under supervision of the general manager of the Environmental Safety Promotion Division, who functions as the head auditor at Hitachi Chemical’s head office.

Environmental safety audits for the entire company include inspections of environmental management structures and systems, compliance with environmental legal and regulatory frameworks, improvement in environmental performance, and other similar items based on the Environmental Control Report, which is issued monthly by each production site and used uniformly throughout the Hitachi Chemical Group and for onsite confirmation results. Results are summarized in the Environmental Safety Audit Report, which production sites then use to develop and implement plans to improve their environmentally safe activities on a continual basis.

At overseas production sites, in fiscal 2013 we began implementing environmental safety audits at our sites in East Asia, Southeast Asia and India, and North America. Prior to fiscal 2015, our audits somewhat prioritized safety. However, in consideration of environment-related demands in recent years, from fiscal 2016 onwards audit has been divided into environment and safety and we implement audits that strengthen our efforts to address environmental concerns, including reviews of environmental risks.

In fiscal 2016, we conducted audits in Japan and overseas largely as planned. Our efforts allowed us to gain a full grasp of the issues currently facing all business sites within the Group and to create opportunities to introduce further improvements. We will continue to carry out environmental safety audits inside as well as outside of Japan to ensure the continuous improvement of the entire Hitachi Chemical Group’s environmental safety work.

Environmental Education

The Hitachi Chemical Group trains legally qualified personnel at production sites as well as provides e-learning environmental education programs organized by the Group. During the e-learning in fiscal 2016, we educated personnel about recent environmental issues including climate change and Hitachi Group initiatives toward such issues. These programs are also available in Japanese, English, and Chinese in PDF versions so that the Group’s e-learning covers a wide range of overseas personnel.

The Hitachi Chemical Group also trains personnel to become environmental ISO internal auditors. These staff are trained by internal instructors on laws and regulations applicable to the Group through case studies and incident-based exercises to gain a deeper understanding of ISO environmental regulations. Trainees who complete the environmental ISO internal auditor training program improve their skills as auditors by taking part in the Group’s environmental safety audits. This involvement also allows them to communicate with other business sites and expand their case knowledge.

Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations

As a member of the Group’s Global Environmental Network, we constantly monitor laws and regulations governing environmental issues for revisions and to stay abreast of governmental developments in Japan and the four global centers (Europe, US, China, Southeast Asia) so that any changes can be conveyed to the entire Group and complied with. Within the Hitachi Chemical Group, any foreseen possibilities of violation of environmental laws or exceeding of regulated levels are immediately reported to the relevant departments and administrative agencies and followed by appropriate measures. In fiscal 2016, there were three violations of environmental laws each of which was addressed with a speedy and appropriate response along with recurrence prevention measures. As a result, none of the violations resulted in a serious environmental accident. We will apply this experience across the Group to further enhance the maintenance and management of environmental compliance.

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