This section presents the Nittobo Group's major environmental protection initiatives.
In their business operations, the business sites of the Nittobo Group aim at maintaining harmony and developing together with the local community.
As a member of the local community, Fukushima No. 1 Factory participates in a cleanup project for Arakawa, a clear, limpid river that runs through the city of Fukushima, and in order to strengthen ties with the local community, Fukushima No. 2 Factory works with the local community to clean rivers in the neighborhood.
"Arakawa River Cleanup" Project
River cleaning work in the Sakura area
Fukushima No. 1 Factory holds Children's Science Classes to encourage children who will lead the next generation to take more interest in science and the environment. Since fiscal year 2012, the Fukuyama Enterprise Center has also been involved in this initiative.
At the Children's Science Classes, employees put forward ingenious ideas and plans to conduct various experiments together with children. Examples include slime experiments using raw materials for glass fiber, Nittobo's key product, and fiber manufacturing experiments employing PET bottles (Photographs show a Children's Science Class held at the Fukuyama Enterprise Center).
Children's Science Class (1)
Children's Science Class (2)
Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 Factories host meetings to brief local residents on Nittobo's environmental initiatives (Monitoring Committee). They also organize factory tours for students and other visitors as part of efforts to contribute to society.
Fukushima No. 1 Factory Monitoring Committee
Fukushima No. 2 Factory Monitoring Committee
Factory tour for visitors (1)
Factory tour for visitors (2)
Since 1999, the Nittobo Group has been conducting periodic environmental audits for its business sites as stipulated in the Action Guidelines for the Nittobo Environmental Charter. Environmental audits are intended to evaluate each business site's environmental management system objectively to determine whether it is working properly by checking compliance status with the Group's environmental policy and relevant environmental laws and regulations.
Environmental protection issues to be addressed by each business site vary from one site to another because business sites manufacture different products, but each business site's environmental protection activities are audited from two aspects: environmental management audits and compliance audits (A total of 35 environmental laws and regulations in Japan are classified into six categories when these activities are evaluated).
If problems are identified during audits, business sites are required to submit improvement plans so that the problems are positioned as issues to be addressed in the future and the plans are used effectively in further environmental protection activities. Environmental audits are viewed as an effective tool for promoting and improving voluntary management, and the Nittobo Group will continue environmental audits on a Group-wide basis in the years to come.
Environmental Audits (1)
Environmental Audits (2)
Sample of environmental audit report
The Central Environment Conservation Committee is an organ that deliberates on important matters related to Nittobo's overall environmental protection activities. The Committee shares the results of each business site's environmental protection activities, and discusses important issues to be addressed in future initiatives, and so forth.
Central Environment Conservation Committee