Environmental Management

MORINAGA Group Environmental Policy

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.

1. Compliance with environment-related laws, ordinances, and regulations, etc.
We will comply with domestic and international environment-related laws, ordinances, and regulations, adhering to international standards and norms.
2. Reduction of environmental load in all product-related processes
From the product planning and development through to production, sales, and disposal, we will consider and strive to reduce environmental load in all product-related processes.
3. Reduction of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions
We will implement carbon management through measures such as the promotion of energy-saving and visualization of energy consumption amounts, endeavoring to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions and prevent global warming.
4. Promotion of resources-zsaving, waste-reduction, and recycling
We will strive to use water resources and raw resources effectively, endeavoring to both reduce waste generation amounts and promote recycling.
5. Promotion of management and reduction of environmental pollutants
We will appropriately manage harmful chemicals and other environmental pollutants, striving to prevent and reduce pollution.
6. Biodiversity preservation and ecosystem protection
We will endeavor to deepen our understanding of biodiversity, maintain and preserve biodiversity, and protect ecosystems.

(Revised in May 2018)

Environmental management system

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 accreditation or 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, the Environment Integration Office was established by members of the Production Management Division and the Corporate Communications Division to exchange information with the Factory Environment Management Committee and other organs, as well as to promote continuous improvements to our management system and to reduce the environmental load and increase productivity. In January 2018, the Morinaga Group Production Division obtained multiple site accreditation. In FY 2017, there were two incidents of inquiries and complaints regarding loud noise or odors from people living near out factories. These were dealt with swiftly and improvement measures implemented. These were dealt with swiftly and improvement measures implemented.

Acquired the multiple-site ISO 14001 accreditation.

Previously, seven sites acquired the ISO 14001:2004 accreditation individually. Simultaneously with the transfer to a new standard, ISO14001:2015, the MORINAGA Group Production Division including the Headquarters Environment Integration Office has obtained the multiple site accreditation on January 23, 2018, using the multiple-site method integrating the seven sites as an organization.
The purpose of the multiple-site accreditation is the reinforcement of cooperation between the head office and each site, the reduction of screening fees, and the reduction of burden of screening-related operations.

Environmental education and awareness

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. Furthermore, “Internal Environmental Auditor Training Seminars” are conducted once each year and training for internal environmental auditors at each factory is being strengthened.

External Inspections and Internal Audits

With the help of internal audits by employees and external inspections by external investigation institutions, 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 Environment Integration Office and internal auditors for accredited factories at all seven sites during FY 2017. 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.

External Inspections in progress

Internal Audits in progress