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Environmental Policy and Environmental Vision

Environmental Policy (TDK Environmental Charter)

TDK has established the TDK Environmental Charter, consisting of the Basic Principle on the Environment and the Basic Policy on the Environment, as our entire group's environment policy, aimed at contributing to the sustainable development of society. In line with the Charter, TDK formulated the Environmental Vision and Environmental Action Plan as a fundamental framework for implementing specific environmental activities.

TDK Environmental Charter

This environmental charter applies to all organizations in the global TDK Group.

Basic Principle on the Environment

The TDK Group recognizes co-existing with the global environment is an important management issue and is committed to realize sustainable growth of the society through the combined efforts of all members in all business operations.

Basic Policy on the Environment

Based on this principle, the TDK Group will lead society by carrying out environmental protection activities quickly and effectively with the consideration for climate change, biodiversity and finiteness of resources to hand over a healthier environment to future generations.

  1. Promote activities to realize this policy by the organization with clearly defined responsibility and resources assured by Top Management.
  2. Contribute to the society by creating and supplying eco-conscious products in the lifecycle perspective to the market.
  3. Conduct eco-conscious production by assessing potential environmental impact from the product designing stage.
  4. Comply with national and local environmental laws, regulations and agreements with suppliers and customers, and also correspond to social needs.
  5. Act proactively with the consideration for contributions to protect environment and conserve ecosystem through communication and interaction with local society.
  6. Improve environmental performance continuously to achieve mid-long term targets and realize the environmental vision.

Established on March, 1st, 1993
Revised on April, 1st, 2018 (5th edition)

TDK Corporation
President & CEO
Shigenao Ishiguro

Formulation of the TDK Environmental Vision 2035

Formulation of the TDK Environmental Vision 2035
Formulation of the TDK Environmental Vision 2035

Revitalizing and Protecting the Global Environment in Preparation for the TDK Centennial Anniversary

The TDK Group achieved its carbon neutral target, originally outlined in our third basic environmental action plan TDK Environmental Action 2020, far ahead of schedule in fiscal 2014. Announced in 2015, prior to the formulation of our next regular environmental vision was Vision 2035, a corporate commitment keyed to the Company’s centennial year still two decades away. In Vision 2035, TDK pledge to strive to achieve further innovation and create value for customers through the delivery of outstanding quality products and services, by utilizing the diverse global resources. Based on this corporate motto, TDK will continue to “contribute to culture and industry through creativity”, by revitalizing and protecting the global environment and creating a pleasant and safe society. Our Environmental Vision comprises one phase of Vision 2035, we envision business operations under the environmental load within natural circulation. According to this idea, the goal of “to halve the CO2 emission basic-unit in a life-cycle perspective by 2035” has been formulated as “TDK Environmental Vision 2035.” This stance stems from the belief that minimizing the environmental load in business activities, and revitalizing the natural environment, is the duty of companies that supply products designed to contribute to its customers and the society. Moreover, modeled on the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) Paris Agreement, which seeks to curb global warming by achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and absorption sources, this is also considered the ideal corporate posture for all TDK activities.

Revitalizing and Protecting the Global Environment in Preparation for the TDK Centennial Anniversary

Expanding Action Spheres from a Lifecycle Perspective

“TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025” Basic Environmental Action Plan

Conceived on the cornerstone of TDK Environmental Vision 2035 was a new basic environmental plan extending through year 2025, namely TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025. The action categories and target figures of "TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025" reflect dual consideration for "backcasting" from TDK Environmental Vision 2035, and continuity and "forecasting" from "TDK Environmental Action 2020". At present, seven action categories have been determined. In the near future, plans call for integrating the environmental loads of these targets through CO2 conversion, followed by the promotion of action plans targeting the ideal targets enumerated in TDK Environmental Vision 2035.
With regard to safety and health as well, steps will be taken to newly stipulate original action categories and goals, thus moving to realize truly safe and healthy workplace environments.


Protecting Nature and Biodiversity

In order to make its products, TDK uses various metals and oxides as raw materials. These come from mineral ore and other sources mined all over the world. Mining for ore involves the risk of damage to the environment, including landscape damage, clearing of forests, changes in water sources, and possible effects on the ecosystems.

As a manufacturer of components, we cannot simply stop using raw materials, but we can try to mitigate adverse effects. We actively promote not only raw material resource savings by improving production efficiency, we also engage in activities aimed at protecting forest resources, water resources, and more.

All TDK employees are aware of the impact on the environment from production activities. We consider the relationship between business operations and the environment and strive to protect a diverse global environment. The TDK Environmental Charter, revised in April 2018, expressly provides that employees are to consider contributions to ecosystems and take proactive action at all times.

About the Guidelines for Action by the Electrical and Electronics Industries concerning Biodiversity Conservation

In March 2015, the "Environmental Strategy Liaison Committee Biodiversity Working Group" formed by four industry associations in Japan* published the "Guidelines for Action by the Electrical and Electronics Industries concerning Biodiversity Conservation." TDK is fully supporting this initiative and is implementing the guidelines through our activities aimed at protecting biodiversity.

  • * JEMA: The Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association
    JEITA: Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association
    CIAJ: Communications and Information Network Association of Japan
    JBMIA: Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association