Sustainability | EnvironmentEnvironmental Policy and Environmental Vision
- Our Approach
- Looking Ahead to 2050
- TDK Environmental Vision 2035
- Basic Environmental Action Plan “TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025”
The TDK Group Occupational Health/Safety and Environmental Charter
To unify policies relating to health/safety and the environment throughout the entire TDK Group, TDK formulated the TDK Group Occupational Health/Safety and Environmental Charter consisting of two aspects—basic principles and basic policies on health/safety and the environment.
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 addition, our medium-term action policy, “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.
TDK Environmental Vision 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.
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.