Environmental Approach and Policy / Management
We at the Lion Group believe it is our solemn responsibility to provide customer experience-based value in the areas of health, comfort and cleanliness while protecting the global environment—the foundation of health and daily living—in accordance with our aim of “Becoming an advanced daily healthcare company.”
In line with the Eco Vision 2020 environmental targets formulated in 2013, we are striving to realize a sustainable planet while working to achieve our 2020 targets related to realizing a low-carbon society, realizing a sound material cycle society, harmonizing with nature and environmental education.
Recently, spurred by the Paris Agreement in 2015 and the adoption of the SDGs, the movement toward a sustainable society in Japan and other countries has gained steam.
Taking this trend into consideration, in 2019 the Group formulated the LION Eco Challenge 2050, a set of long-term environmental objectives. Going forward, the Group will ambitiously work toward the realization of a decarbonized, resource-circulating society.
Lion’s Environmental Guidelines adhere to the spirit of the Lion Group Charter for Corporate Behavior, which states: “We shall play a positive and active role in creating a sustainable society that harmonizes economic development and environmental protection.”
The Environmental Guidelines are the foundation for our environmental activities.
Lion will act voluntarily and proactively to reduce its environmental burden to the global environment in all processes of business activities from the development of products to the procurement of raw materials, production, distribution, sales, use by customers, as well as disposal. This will be done with due consideration to “realizing a low carbon society to prevent global warming,” “realizing a sound material-cycle society with maximum usage of recycled resources” and “realizing a society harmonizing with nature to conserve people’s health, natural ecosystems and biodiversity.”
- Aiming for a Sustainable Society
Promote an environmental management system, and through ongoing maintenance and improvement of that system, protect the global environment.
- Complying with Legal and Other Requirements
Comply with the system of legislation, regulations and arrangements pertaining to environmental protection, and establish and implement voluntary standards of conduct.
- Setting and Verifying Implementation of Environmental Objectives and Targets
Correctly understand the environmental impact of our corporate activities, and as far as technically and economically possible, establish objectives and targets for improvement, while at the same time formulating, implementing and regularly verifying the status of implementation of an environmental management program.
- Developing Environment-Friendly Products
Continue aggressively with product development in tune with Lion‘s own “Lion eco-standards” and in light of life cycle assessments.
- Reducing Environmental Impacts Together with Our Business Partners
Strive to reduce environmental burdens at all stages from purchase through provision of products to customers, in cooperation with suppliers of materials, outsourcing contractors, and sales companies.
- Harmonizing with Nature
Conduct business activities while taking into account biodiversity and air and water environments, and proactively address natural environment protection activities.
- Enhancing Environmental Protection Activities Based on Uniform Understanding of the Guidelines
Disseminate the Guidelines to all Lion employees, including those of its affiliated companies, raise awareness of environmental protection among them and bolster environmental management activities throughout the entire Lion Group.
- Promoting Disclosure of Information
Seek to maintain and promote communication with stakeholders involved in Lion‘s businesses. These Environmental Guidelines are freely available to anyone upon request.
Revised January 1, 2013
Environmental Management System
The purpose of the Lion Group’s Environmental Management System is to identify, evaluate and remedy adverse environmental impacts of our business activities, products and services, and to improve our environmental conservation activities on an ongoing basis.
We strive to enhance systems for environmental management and reporting with the aim of addressing environmental issues globally. Data on overseas Group companies is available on our website.
Status of ISO 14001 Certification
Lion acquired ISO 14001 certification covering all its plants in July 2001. The certification was renewed to the latest 2015 version in June 2016, and the Japan Management Association Quality Assurance Registration Center (JMAQA) reviewed and verified that all Lion plants are operating in conformity with the requirements of the standard. Including the plants of Group companies in and outside Japan, the Lion Group continues to push ahead with its management systems and environmental conservation activities by obtaining ISO 14001 certifications and ensuring all operations are in compliance with ISO 14001.
* ISO 14001: An international standard for environmental management
Environmental Management Structure
To make our business grow while reducing the impact on the global environment, in 2019, we consolidated the former Environmental Conservation Committee into the newly established Sustainability Promotion Meeting. Its members consist of the Executive Officers, including the President, and representatives of relevant divisions. The meeting deliberates policy for responding to environmental problems and monitors the progress of related efforts.
Internal Environmental Audits
Trained and qualified internal environmental auditors regularly conduct internal environmental audits to check compliance with the requirements of ISO 14001. The relevant departments then take responsibility for implementing improvements regarding any issues thus identified. In addition, the general managers of offices and plants conduct management reviews to confirm that organizational management systems are constantly being improved to be more apt, fair and effective. The results of these reviews are reported to the relevant executive general manager.
Top Environmental Audits
Lion’s top management has been carrying out environmental audits of the plants of Lion and Group companies since 1999. Since 2009, we have formulated audit plans based on the characteristics of each plant and carried out regular audits every three years. In 2019, the director responsible for production headquarters carried out top environmental audits of the Chiba Plant, Osaka Plant and Akashi Plant.
Lion ensures compliance with environmental laws and regulations. In addition, we carry out thorough management based on proprietary standards.
For waste disposal, a waste disposal officer in each department selects waste disposal contractors based on contractor selection standards laid out in Lion’s waste management regulations. We also perform regular on-site inspections of waste disposal contractors’ facilities to ensure that they meet these standards.
We carefully store decommissioned equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in accordance with legal requirements. We are advancing the proper treatment and disposal of such equipment through Japan Environmental Storage & Safety Corporation. We also implement thorough management of ordinary wastewater to ensure that we do not emit wastewater that violates legal water quality standards through such means as enhancing the stability of wastewater treatment facilities, maintaining and reinforcing treatment control, and carrying out emergency drills.
With regard to revisions of environmental laws and regulations, namely, the Act on the Rational Use of Energy, the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, the Act on Confirmation, etc. of Released Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof, the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. , the Waste Disposal and Public Cleansing Act and the Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act, information is collected from administrative agencies and industrial associations and then input into Lion’s intranet system for information on chemical-related laws to ensure that related departments are up to date on and fully compliant with the latest developments.
There were no violations resulting in fines or other penalties in 2019.
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