Shiseido launched the Shiseido Earth Care Project in fiscal 2009 as an environmental project with of all employees worldwide as members. In the “CSR Committee” under the direct management of the Board of Directors by fiscal 2015, and in the “Executive Committee” which makes decisions for the execution of operation from fiscal 2016, we share progress in the Company's internal planning of environmental activities, and consider and consult on a variety of environmental issues.
Environmental management according to ISO14001 certification
ISO14001 is an international standard governing environmental management that was established in 1996. Since initial certification, the plant has been subject to an ongoing certification process to verify that its environmental management system is maintained and improved through annual inspections and a renewal investigation every three years, both conducted by an outside organization. Production factories of Shiseido use a management system based on ISO14001, and they strive to improve management structures and reduce environmental impacts through the repeated use of the PDCA cycle ("Plan," "Do," "Check," "Act").
Responding to Environmental Risks
There is a broad array of risks related to the environment and laws related to this issue are growing stricter every year in respective countries worldwide. Based on these circumstances, Shiseido's Head Office takes the lead in gathering information about new laws, and social trends regarding the environment, analyzing their provisions, disseminating information to the relevant departments and accommodating social needs. Observance of environmental laws and regulations is evaluated in production departments based on ISO14001 standards to ensure thorough compliance. Investigations of domestic and overseas affiliates revealed no major violations of environmental laws or regulations during fiscal 2015. Going forward, Shiseido is committed to managing its operations in an appropriate manner.
Our position on microbeads
Microbeads are tiny plastic particles used in cleansing or exfoliating. The microbeads used in Shiseido products are extremely safe for humans.
Yet, considering some consumers’ environmental concerns about microbeads contained in such products as cleansers, our new cleansing products developed since April 2014 no longer include microbeads.
In the United States, we will completely replace the ingredients complying with the federal law (production: by June 30, 2017; sales at retailers: by June 30, 2018.)
Regarding the existing cleansers in other regions, we will finish the replacement no later than 2018 depending on the characteristics of the products.
We will be replacing ingredients with alternatives promptly in the future regardless of the presence or absence of laws and regulations, should we recognize the need due to environmental risks and such.
Thorough Management of Industrial Waste
While waste producers are being held accountable with regard to the illegal disposal of industrial waste, Shiseido is promoting optimal management to address this issue centering on industrial waste, which is a position created at all domestic worksites.
Additionally, initiatives are being undertaken to practice thorough compliance by carrying out evaluations including environmental laws and regulations in production departments.
We also hold training regarding the guidelines for “field validation of intermediate treatment dealers”, which is internally mandated once a year, with the cooperation of intermediate treatment dealers of industrial waste in order to enhance the response capabilities toward the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act.
Management of Chemical Substances
Shiseido not only satisfies the legal reporting requirements set out in the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Law and Promotion of Chemical Management but also proactively conducts voluntary management of the use and disposal of chemical substances such as ingredients and reagents in factories and laboratories.
From the standpoint of workplace safety, we ensure that Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are issued to business partners, for example by systemizing the issue of SDS for semi-finished products when supplying chemical substances containing ingredients specified by laws such as the PRTR Law and the Industrial Safety and Health Act to customers.
Correspondence to the PRTR Law
PRTR target substance emissions and transfers
Fiscal 2015 (unit: tons)
In fiscal 2010, we adopted and began implementing the Production Eco Standards and the Sales Promotion Tools Eco Standards comprising rules for the environmental compliance of products and promotional materials from a life cycle perspective based on changes in the circumstances surrounding environmental issues. We also compiled and began implementing the Office Eco Standards outlining environmental compliance in offices.