Responsible Care (RC) Activities
Responsible Care Management
Responsible Care (RC) activities aim to secure environment, health and safety (EHS) performance on a voluntary basis throughout the entire process, from the development of chemical substances to manufacture, distribution, use, final consumption and disposal / recycling. These activities also serve as a form of communication with society through the announcement of their results. Chemical companies in more than 60 countries and regions are working on RC activities. In Japan, the Japan Responsible Care Council (JRCC) was established by the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) in 1995. We are one of the original members of JRCC. We have also signed the Responsible Care Global Charter, which was revised in 2014, and we are enhancing our efforts in RC activities.
In addition, we have set priority matters related to the EHS in all stages of our business activities as our basic policies on RC. We have fully shared these basic policies with all group companies.
Responsible Care Basic Policies
- (1)Safeguard the environment, health and safety in domestic and overseas through strong leadership by management.
- (2)Strive to continually improve environmental, health and safety performance and the security of facilities, processes and technologies throughout the entire chemical lifecycle of our products from development to disposal, and disclose the results of such efforts to the society.
- (3)Further reduce consumption of resources and energy and strive to reduce, reuse and recycle wastes.
- (4)Protect the environment and people's health and safety by promoting continual improvement in chemical product safety and stewardship throughout the supply chain.
- (5)Strengthen chemicals management systems by participating in the activities related to development and implementation of lifecycle-oriented, science-based, and risk-based sound chemical management legislation and best practice.
- (6)Influence business partners to promote the safe management of chemicals within their own operations.
- (7)Endeavor to engage in dialogue with local authorities and communities by heeding their concerns regarding the effects of our products and business activities on the environment, health and safety, and by providing them with necessary information to help them understand properly.
- (8)Further expand dialogue with our stakeholders in order to better meet their expectations regarding our efforts with respect to the environment, health and safety.
- (9)Contribute to the sustainable development of society by developing and providing innovative technologies and other solutions.
Nissan Chemical RC Management System
To achieve our RC mid-term plan, we have established RC management system based on ISO14001※, and we carry out target management and continuous improvements based on PDCA.
We have established the Environment, Safety & Quality Assurance Committee, which is chaired by the Officer responsible for the Environment, Safety & Quality Assurance Department, as the organization in charge of promoting these activities. The committee holds annual meetings, at which its members discuss the results of activities at each laboratory / plant in each fiscal year, review all the activities of the company, and discuss the RC targets for the next fiscal year.
The results of the discussions are resolved at board meeting before the RC targets for the next fiscal year are determined.
- International standard for environmental management system. All of our plants have acquired ISO 14001 third party certification.
Selection of Material Issues in RC
To enhance our EHS initiatives, we have selected “countermeasures to address climate change” and “occupational safety and health” as material issues that we should work on intensively in our RC activities.
We have selected material issues in light of our RC mid-term plan and international indices such as ISO 26000, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, SDGs, and the Global Risks Report 2017. We set their priorities based on the priorities of our stakeholders and their materiality for us, thereby narrowing down to the above two issues, and obtained approval at the board meeting and the management meeting.
Moving forward, we will carry out target management and evaluation based on PDCA and review the material issues in response to our business activities or social change or when otherwise necessary.
Promotion of the RC Mid-Term Plan (FY2016 – 2021)
RC audits are activities for checking RC activities at each plant, laboratory, and affiliate. They are carried out by the Environment, Safety & Quality Assurance Department in accordance with the RC audit guidelines. In these audits, it is checked whether RC activities, as well as internal audits and patrols, are carried out appropriately at each location and the PDCA cycle is implemented without fail. In the RC audits, the Environment, Safety & Quality Assurance Department clarifies visible or potential problems related to the EHS and promotes improvements in response after clarifying the problems, if any.