Through our business activities, the MORINAGA Group promotes the creation of a sustainable recycling society. We are also continually improving our environmental management system, implementing environmentally conscious initiatives in various aspects of our business activities.
In July 1998, MORINAGA’s Oyama Factory was the first company in Japan’s confectionary industry to achieve ISO 14001 accreditation (international certification for environment management).Furthermore, all factories and manufacturing-related group companies are gradually acquiring ISO 14001 accreditationor renewing their registration for appropriate management.In January 2000, MORINAGA established the “Environmental Measures Office” as an organ for centrally managing company-wide environmental initiatives.Currently, this role is being performed by the Corporate Communications Division,which is promoting continuous improvements to our management system and efforts to reduce environmental load and increase productivity, in addition to exchanging information with the Factory Environment Management Committeeand other organs. In FY2016, there were three incidents of inquiries regarding loud noise or odors, complaints, or reports of accidents from people living near out factories.These were dealt with swiftly and improvement measures implemented.
The MORINAGA Group includes a section on “environmental conservation” in our Code of Conduct and Standards of Conduct,and efforts are made to raise employees’ environmental awareness to enable them to undertake initiatives in various aspects of our business activities that are considerate to the environment.Furthermore, our environmental policies include policies regarding environmental risks, and education and awareness are being promoted.At each factory, slide shows are presented in the cafeteria or other facilities as part of activities to raise awareness amongst employees. Furthermore, “Internal Environmental Auditor Training Seminars”are conducted once each year and training for internal environmental auditors at each factory is being strengthened.
Internal audits are conducted every year with the aim of enhancing the compatibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of our environmental management system. Joint internal audits were conducted by the Corporate Communications Divisionand internal auditors for accredited factories at four sites during FY2016. In addition to compliance with laws and regulations and the operational status of systems, these audits focus on improvements to environmental performance and system efficiency.
Joint internal audit in progress
We conduct camps to nurture children’s lives on an uninhabited island in the Seto Inland Sea, where there is no electricity or water services.
On the stage of the Satoyama Angel Forest, we convey to participants wisdom for living and the importance of protecting the environment.
We provide support for children in Ghana and other cacao-producing countries to receive an education with peace of mind.
Seeing the confectionary production process, participants are able to gain a sense of the fun of manufacturing as well as the importance of safety and security measures.