Sustainability | EnvironmentA History of TDK's Environmental Activities

2021 Feb. Placed on Leaderboard and awarded an A ranking in the CDP Supplier Engagement Rating
2020 Dec. Named Climate Leader on CDP’s Annual ‘A List’ for global water stewardship
Dec. Received evaluations of "A- (A minus)" on climate change by CDP
Aug. Achieved local production for local consumption of renewable energy at the TDK Museum
Feb. Commendation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Reduction Efforts of Metal Waste (Lead and Copper)
Jan. TDK Asama Techno Factory received The Energy Conservation Center, Japan Chairman's Award in the Energy Conservation Best Practice Category of the FY2019
2019 May. TDK expressed support for the recommendations of the TCFD*1 (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures)
2018 Oct. Clean energy purchasing promoted primarily at European business sites of TDK Electronics AG
Apr. Revision of the TDK Environmental Charter (fifth edition)
2017 Received special award in the Development Bank of Japan’s environmental ranking for the third consecutive year
Total abolition of high-concentration PCB equipment in Japan
Raising of Japanese rice fish (Oryzias latipes), an endangered species, begun at TDK Akita's Kitakami Plant as a biodiversity protection activity
2016 Biomass boiler at Honjo Plant of TDK-MCC Corporation taken into operation. Use of biomass fuel is a first for the TDK Group
"Guidelines for Calculation of Product Contributions" published with the aim of enhancing the reliability of product contribution calculations
TDK Environment, Safety and Health Action 2025 formulated as basic environmental plan in accordance with the TDK Environmental Vision 2035 (implemented from April 2016)
2015 Achieved the fundamental environmental plan "TDK Environmental Action 2020" goal of a one million-ton environmental contributions
2012 TDK receives special award under environmental assessment scheme of Development Bank of Japan for second time in a row
2011 Fundamental environmental TDK Environment Action 2020, drafted (started from April 2011)
2010 TDK became the first electronic components maker to receive a special award under the environmental assessment scheme of the Development Bank of Japan
2009 TDK establishes Biodiversity Action Agenda
2007 Chinese headquarters obtained ISO14001 certification (first step toward integration of EMS in China into company-wide system)
Zero emissions achieved*2 for manufacturing facilities of all overseas subsidiaries
2006 EMS integration for all manufacturing facilities in Japan completed
2005 Fundamental environmental plan, TDK Environmental Action 2015, drafted (started from April 2006)
2003 Zero emissions achieved*2 at all TDK sites in Japan
2002 EMS Integration Preparation Committee inaugurated (committee name changed to EMS Integration Promotion Committee in April 2003)
2000 ISO 14001 certification of all manufacturing and R&D facilities of TDK Group in Japan completed
1999 Regular release of Environmental Report begins
1993 TDK Environmental Voluntary Plan formulated
  1. The TCFD was founded in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international body seeking to achieve the stabilization of the financial system.
  2. Zero emissions is defined at TDK as 100% final resource recovery without any disposal by landfilling or simple incineration of waste produced at business sites (excluding resources which cannot be recovered separately under the legal framework)