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Environmental management


Shiseido considers and consults on a variety of environmental issues at the “Executive Committee,” which makes decisions for the execution of operation.

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").

Status of ISO14001 Certification

Status of ISO14001 Certification

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 2016. 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.

Industrial waste management training in progress

Industrial waste management training in progress

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 2016 (unit: tons)

Correspondence to the PRTR Law

  • The above chemicals are PRTR Specified Class I Chemical Substances and are reported when a single facility annually handles one ton or more. (Specified Class I Designated Chemical Substances are reported when 0.5 tons or more are handled.)
  • Scope of Data:Shiseido Company, Limited (Kakegawa, Osaka, Kuki Factories and Research Center[Global Innovation Center]), Shiseido Irica Technology Inc.
  • Target Period:January, 2016-December, 2016

Eco Standards

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.

In regards to the two Eco Standards that concern manufacturing, we have established the following evaluation items and are taking environmental measures for our products and promotional materials.

The Production Eco Standards
Key Point Evaluation Criteria
Design(Outer Packaging) (1)Select outer packaging and materials that have low environmental impacts.
(2)Reduce weight and volume.
Design(Contents) (1)Formulation that does not harm environment.
(2)Formulation that does take packaging into consideration.
Purchasing (1)Purchasing of raw materials and ingredients.
Production (1)Reduce environmental impacts in the process of production.
Logistics (1)Reduce environmental impacts during the course of distribution and transport.
Use (1)Conserve energy and resources during consumer use.
(2)Reduction of emissions that have less environmental impacts at the use stage.
(3)Promotion of long-term use for packaging
Disposal (1)Make recycling easier.
(2)Make disposal easier.
Sales Promotion Tools Eco Standards
Key point Evaluation Criteria
Planning and Design (1)Design that is more easily utilized in-store
1. Design to easy resize
2. Design that can be applied and developed for multiple purposes
(2)Select materials with minimal environmental burden
1. Select materials for sales promotion tools
2. Select certified materials
3. Select specific parts materials
(3)Lightweight and simple design
(4)Design based on standard size
(5)Mold application
(6)Suitable design for shipping
(7)Design that is easy to dispose of separation, and has noticeable eco-labels
Proof and Print (1)Less waste printing process
(2)Environmentally friendly Ink
Packaging and Shipping (1)Simplification of packaging
(2)Eliminate double packaging
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