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.”
Recently, spurred by the Paris Agreement in 2015 and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (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.
The Lion Group’s Environmental Policy adheres 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 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. Environmental data on the Lion Group is available on our website.Lion Group Production Site Environmental Data (domestic and overseas)
Lion acquired ISO 14001*1 certification covering its production sites in July 2001 and has maintained this certification since. 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 operations are in compliance with ISO 14001. In addition, Lion Corporation (Korea) has received certification as a “Green Company”*2 from the government of South Korea. This certification, which last for three years, was most recently renewed in 2018.
*1 ISO 14001: An international standard for environmental management
*2 Green Company: A company that contributes to the improvement of the environment by significantly reducing pollutants, saving resources and energy, improving the environmental effect of products and establishing a green management system, as stipulated in Article 16 of the Environmental Technology and Industry Support ActLion Group ISO 14001 certifications
To grow our businesses while reducing our impacts on the global environment, the Sustainability Promotion Council, which consists of the executive corporate officers, including the President, and representatives of related divisions. The council deliberates on policy for dealing with environmental problems and monitors the progress of related efforts.
Lion’s top management has been carrying out environmental audits of domestic Group production sites 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 the Sustainability Promotion Department (Kenjiro Kobayashi) carried out top environmental audits of the Chiba Plant, Osaka Plant and Akashi Plant. Top environmental audits scheduled for 2020 were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trained 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.
Lion ensures compliance with environmental laws and regulations. In addition, we carry out management based on proprietary management standards.
For waste disposal, a waste disposal officer at each operating site commissions 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 determine whether we should continue to commission them.
Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) was once widely used as an insulating oil in electrical equipment for its excellent fire resistance and electrical insulation properties, but its manufacture and import are now prohibited by law. Lion is advancing the treatment of decommissioned equipment containing PCB. Until such treatment can be commissioned, we carefully store such waste in strict compliance with the Act on Special Measures concerning Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Wastes.
We manage ordinary wastewater to ensure that we do not emit wastewater that violates legal or regulatory water quality standards through such means as enhancing the stability of wastewater treatment facilities, maintaining and reinforcing treatment control, and carrying out emergency drills. Furthermore, operating sites form agreements with individual municipalities and establish and enforce voluntary standards to ensure thorough wastewater management.
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 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 2020.