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Environmental Management System

Environmental Management System

TDK has established a platform for environmental action based on the Environmental Management System (EMS) concept, with the CEO at the top.
The platform is designed to comprehensively address environmental issues that are becoming ever more complex and globalized. It goes beyond the approach focusing on single sites, allowing us to respond promptly and effectively while remaining aware of the big picture.

Environmental Management System

Operation of the TDK Environmental Management System

All manufacturing sites of TDK have obtained ISO14001* certification, and TDK is proceeding with the integration of the Environmental Management System in Japan, China, and North America.
In addition, environment conferences were held in a number of locations including Japan, China, the ASEAN region, Europe, and America. These are aimed at promoting local activities tailored to the situation in the respective region, while remaining oriented towards achieving the overall goals laid down in the TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025.

  • *ISO14001: International standard (IS) regulating EMS compliance

EMS Assessment System and Award Program

With the aim of boosting the Environmental Management System and the performance of safety and environment related activities, TDK is introducing a program for assessing the degree by which both safety and environment management related goals have been attained on a global basis.
The program covers five areas, namely energy, water, waste, safety/health, and social contributions. Business sites with a high overall score, and sites or departments that have conducted special activities in a specific area are recognized with an award. Award recipients in fiscal 2018 were as follows:

■Excellent overall score

Japan region Kitakami Plant, TDK Akita Corporation
China region TDK Taiwan Corporation

■Outstanding activities in a specific field

Iida Plant, TDK Shonai Corporation The entire plant worked together under the leadership of top management to undertake organizational safety and environmental activities. There have been no occupational accidents for 15 consecutive years.
Amperex Technology Ltd. Selecting topics and making improvements through small group activities made significant contributions to reducing energy usage. Compared with the previous year: reduction of 3.4%.
Magnecomp Precision Technology Public Co., Ltd. High-level responses were made to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) survey in supply chain management.
TDK Philippines Corporation Best practices for energy conservation at the company’s plant were implemented at other plants and guidance was provided, contributing to raising the level of safety and environmental activities in the Asia region.
TDK-Lambda UK Ltd. Efforts were made to calculate the site’s own Scope 3 CO2 emissions. In addition, renewable energy was introduced by using photovoltaic power.
TDK Electronics AG The purchase of clean energy at European sites was promoted.
TDK Ferrites Corporation Efficient operation of plants and in-process facilities was implemented, making large contributions in energy, water, and waste basic-unit compared with the previous year.

Environmental Risk Management at Plants

Managing soil contamination and VOC risks

TDK has established environmental risk assessment standards and management methods for soil contamination and VOCs,* and each site regularly conducts risk assessment. At high risk locations, a clearly defined priority sequence of preventive measures, restoration measures etc. ensures effective management of environmental risks.

  • * VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds

Pollution prevention regulatory compliance and accidents

To prevent the contamination of atmosphere, water, soil, etc., TDK strictly complies with all relevant laws and regulations. For certain items, we have even set voluntary standards that are more stringent than the legal requirements, and we take preventive action whenever necessary to reduce the environmental load.
In fiscal 2018 there were no statutory level excesses or accidents.

Prevention and control of exposure to toxic substances with products as the source