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Environmental Management

Management Structures

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. It presupposes ongoing inspections by an outside organization after initial certification. 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 2017. Going forward, Shiseido is committed to managing its operations in an appropriate manner.

Shiseido’s Response to Microplastic Beads in its Products

Shiseido Company, Limited has completed the replacement of microplastic beads* in its products such as cleansing form, etc. with alternative ingredients as of August 2018.

* Microplastic beads: Water insoluble solid plastic particles with a size of less than 5mm, intentionally added to exfoliate or cleanse in rinse-off personal care products.

Thorough Management of Industrial Waste

While waste producers are being held accountable with regard to the illegal disposal of industrial waste, Shiseido is promoting the following initiatives in the field of industrial waste management.
Personnel in charge of waste management undergo regular training which is not limited to basic content but comprises also information on recent changes in relevant laws and regulations as well as compliance with them, in an effort to enhance our initiatives on the managerial level.
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 consumers.

Correspondence to the PRTR Law

PRTR Target Substance Emissions and Transfers

Fiscal 2017 (unit: tons)

Legal No. Substance Name
(legal designation)
Amounts of Emissions Amounts of Transfers
Atmospheric Public
Soil Sewage Waste
13 Acetonitrile - - - - 3
56 Ethylene oxide 0 - - - -
207 2,6-di-tertiary-Butyl-4-cresol - - - - 0
275 Sodium dodecyl sulfate - - - - 4
300 Toluene - - - - 2
334 Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate - - - 0 0
389 Hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride - - - - 0
405 Boron and its compounds - - - 0 0
409 Sodium poly (oxyethylene) dodecyl ether sulfate - - - 0 19
  • 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])
  • Target Period:January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017

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 takes 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 stores
1. Design easy to resize
2. Design that can be applied and developed for multiple purposes
(2)Selecting materials with minimal environmental burden
1. Materials for sales promotion tools
2. Certified materials
3. 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
1. Design that is easy to separate
2. Design with noticeable eco-labels
Proof and Print (1)Less waste printing process
(2)Environmentally friendly ink
Packaging and Shipping (1)Simplification of packaging
(2)Elimination of double packaging
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