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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

Based on the TDK Environmental Charter, the TDK Group is committed to reducing the environmental load across the product lifecycle, including Procurement, Development/Production, Logistics, and Use to Disposal. These activities have a ripple effect throughout the value chain, such as suppliers, sub-contractors, other business partners as well as our customers. "All business operations" stated in the Basic Principle on the Environment includes due diligence on investment in new businesses and mergers and acquisitions.

Looking Ahead to 2050

As materiality to be tackled by the Group as a whole, TDK calls for the effective use of energy and expanded use of renewable energy toward the realization of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, the supply of products and solutions to create clean energy and realize a zero-carbon society, and the supply of products and solutions to realize an energy-efficient society by storing, converting, and controlling energy.
In addition, TDK already achieved carbon neutrality in fiscal 2015 through the concept of balancing CO2 emissions from its manufacturing sites by means of TDK products that improve energy efficiency and thereby contribute to CO2 reduction. Currently TDK is promoting further net zero CO2 emissions from the perspective of the entire supply chain. Specifically, TDK is strengthening its activities for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, including further expansion of the scope of coverage to include emissions in other Scope 3 categories as well as Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 Category 11 and the setting of key performance indicators and monitoring indicators, toward the realization of a society with net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. In the TDK Environmental Action 2025, we aim to achieve 50% renewable energy at our manufacturing sites by 2025.

As proclaimed in the TDK Environmental Charter, TDK recognizes the importance of adopting measures to counter climate change and respecting biodiversity and the limited resources of the Earth. Under the slogan of “Eco TDK,” TDK will further promote related activities, including the realization of a circular economy.

A History of TDK

TDK Environmental Vision 2035

TDK Environmental Vision 2035

Targets until Fiscal 2036 (ending March 31, 2036)

“The operation under the environmental load within natural circulation”
"Halve the CO2 emissions intensity from a life-cycle perspective by 2035"

Halving the CO2 emission basic-unit in a life-cycle perspective by 2035

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 2015. In 2015, prior to the formulation of our next regular environmental vision, “Vision 2035,” a corporate commitment keyed to the Company’s centennial year was formulated. Vision 2035 states that we will steadily fulfill our corporate motto, "Contribute to culture and industry through creativity," by working head-on to "revitalizing and protecting the global environment and creating a pleasant and safe society."
In 2016, in response to the corporate vision "Vision 2035," TDK defined the ideal state of TDK in 2035 as "the operation under the environmental load within natural circulation," and formulated the "TDK Environmental Vision 2035," which aims to “halve the CO2 emissions intensity from a life-cycle perspective by 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.
Within TDK Environmental Vision 2035, the declaration is made to reduce the environmental load from a lifecycle perspective. This represents an initiative not limited to measures at the manufacturing stage in factories and the use stage for customers, aspects outlined in the conventional TDK Environmental Action 2020 policy. To expand in this way, we deem it critical for all TDK Group employees to share the same vision and move forward with the same objectives in mind. The “revitalizing and protecting the global environment” expressed in this corporate vision refers to the skillful operation of our business hand in hand with the natural environment. Without that commitment, there will be no sustainable development on the horizon. The entire Group shares an Arubeki-Sugata (ideal process) and undertakes voluntary initiatives in pursuit of that vision.

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

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, we are integrating the environmental load in each action category by CO2 equivalence and conducting activities toward achievement of the ideal targets outlined 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.

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