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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 2019 were as follows:

■Excellent overall score
TDK Taiwan Corporation
TDK-Lambda Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Kitakami Plant, TDK Akita Corporation
Hutchinson Technology Inc.

■Outstanding activities in a specific field

  • Energy Asama Techno Factory, TDK Corp.
    TDK India Private Limited
  • Safety and Health Amperex Technology Limited
  • Emissions TDK-Lambda Americas Inc.

Environmental Risk Management at Manufacturing Sites

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 2019, the Honjo Plant West site, TDK Akita Corp. (Japan) exceeded the standard value for drainage items (BOD), but we promptly responded in accordance with the law.

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