Sustainability | Environment Environmental Management System
- Environmental Management System
- Operation of the TDK Environmental Management System
- Environmental Education
- EMS Assessment System and Award Program
- Environmental Risk Management at Manufacturing Sites
- Prevention and Control of Exposure to Hazardous Substances in Products
Environmental Management System
TDK has established an Environmental Management System (EMS) with the president as the highest level of responsibility, and is promoting activities under the framework that integrates corporate management and environmental management. This structure enables us to respond quickly and effectively to increasingly diverse, complex, and global environmental issues, in addition to our traditional on-site environmental conservation activities. Environmental activities including plans, progress, and risks are also reported to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis, and are deliberated when necessary.
Operation of the TDK Environmental Management System
TDK is putting our shoulders to the wheel to reduce the environmental load, and we have acquired ISO 14001 certification (the international standard for environmental management systems) at 94% of our manufacturing sites.
Furthermore, by implementing internal audits under the leadership of the regional headquarters, each site undertakes a response in accordance with the regional situation. In addition, we are promoting activities toward achievement of the TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025 initiative, which is the common goal of the TDK Group. For example, we endeavor to enhance the performance of each site by holding EHS regional conferences for Japan, China, ASEAN, Europe, and the Americas to share issues and best practices at sites.
TDK posts activity information, including TDK’s approach to environmental initiatives and targets to be achieved, on the in-house intranet, which employees can access and check at any time. In addition, TDK endeavors to publicize and raise awareness of the TDK Group Occupational Health/Safety and Environmental Charter by means of handy cards, posters for display, the digital signage bulletin board, and other activities. Furthermore, each site promotes self-awareness and competence education relating to the environment among new recruits and transferred employees by utilizing e-learning and so on.
Circular Economy Training was conducted as an in-house training program utilizing e-learning system. It was designed to promote understanding of the basic principles of circular economy and the importance of circular economy thinking, which aims for zero waste throughout the product lifecycle, starting from the product design stage.
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 has introduced 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 initiatives to address social issues, such as energy, water, waste, health/safety , and the SDGs. 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 2023 were as follows:
■Excellent overall score
Amperex Technology Limited
TDK Lambda UK Ltd.
TDK Electronics Factories Corporation Kitakami Factory
■Outstanding activities in a specific field
- 【Energy】 TDK Electronics GmbH & Co OG
- 【Resources】 TDK Electronics Components, S.A.U.
【Health and Safety】
TDK Electronics Factories Corporation Iwaki Factory
Qingdao TDK Electronics Co., Ltd.
Environmental Risk Management at Manufacturing Sites
Management of soil pollution and VOC risks
TDK has established environmental risk assessment standards and management methods for soil pollution and VOCs,* and each site regularly conducts risk assessment. For high-risk areas, we clarify the order of priority and implement preventive maintenance, restoration, and other measures to effectively manage environmental risks.
- * VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds
Compliance with laws and regulations for pollution prevention and accidents
To prevent air, water, and soil pollution, 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 actions whenever necessary to reduce the environmental load.