Continuous Improvement of Responsible Care Activities
Responsible Care Management
In order for consumers to safely and confidently use chemical products that enrich their lives, we engage in Responsible Care (RC) activities, which are voluntary activities. RC activities aim to ensure environment, health and safety (EHS) throughout the entire processes from development of chemical products to manufacturing, distribution, use, final consumption, disposal and 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 EHS in all stages of our business activities as our Responsible Care Basic Policy. We have fully shared these basic policies with all group companies.
Responsible Care Basic Policy
- (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 waste.
- (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.
- Product Stewardship: An initiative concerned with ensuring environmental protection, health, and safety throughout the entire life cycle of a product from development to disposal.
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 targets management and continuous improvements based on PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act).
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 meeting, at which its members discuss the results of activities at each laboratory / plant, review all the activities of the Company, and set the RC targets for the next fiscal year.
The results of the discussion are reported to management meeting. The targets of next fiscal year are resolved at the board meeting after deliberated and approved by the management meeting.
- International standard for environmental management system. All of our plants have acquired ISO 14001 third party certification.
Environment, Safety & Quality Assurance Committee
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 Environment, Safety & Quality Assurance Department in accordance with the RC audit guidelines. In these audits, the auditors check whether RC activities, as well as internal audits and patrols, are carried out appropriately and the PDCA cycle is implemented without fail, and compliance about EHS at each location. Environment, Safety & Quality Assurance Department clarifies visible or potential problems related to EHS and promotes improvements in response after clarifying the problems, if any. In FY2017, total 43 audits were conducted.