Environment - Environmental and safety management

The Group believes that helping mitigate global environmental impacts through the effective use of resources, such as water, energy, and raw materials, and the prevention of environmental pollution are indispensable actions to ensure the sustainability of companies. With this belief, we will advance various initiatives and also build a sustainable business by actively deploying innovative technologies.

Environmental and safety management

Basic approach

We recognize that identifying and managing the impacts chemical substances have on the environment and their safety is an important obligation of a paint manufacturer. Since we declared our commitment to Responsible Care (RC) in 1995, we have been conducting RC activities that apply not only to the environment, but also include areas of occupational safety and health and chemical and product safety, starting in fiscal 2010.
The Group conducts environment and safety management through measures and improvements on safety, environment and health based on its RC activities. We have established the Basic Policy for Responsible Care outlining tasks that must be undertaken by each employee and all organizations across the entire Group as the foundation of our business activities, and we strive to make this policy known throughout the Group.

-Basic Policy for Responsible Care-

Based on the principle of actively contributing to Responsible Care activities including environmental beautification and preservation through the creation of colors and landscape and the protection of materials and resources in the business activities, the Nippon Paint Holdings Group is committed to the activities through the coordination of all organizations in the Group, including all employees, with awareness of the respective missions and responsibilities, aiming to contribute to the establishment of relationships based on mutual trust with the global community, local communities, and customers. To this end, all of our business activities are required to follow the rules below:

  1. We will endeavor to preserve the global environment and protect the ecosystem while striving to conserve energy and other resources in the course of all business activities.
  2. We will promote the development of products with less environmental impact and technologies that help the products reduce such impact and will consider the impact of our products on the environment, safety, and health at all stages of their lifecycle from development to disposal.
  3. We will work to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and ensure security and disaster prevention while striving to ensure the health and safety of local residents and employees.

* Responsible Care (RC) is a pledge from businesses within the chemical industry to exercise consideration for the environment, safety, and health throughout the processes of chemical product development, manufacturing, distribution, use, final consumption, and disposal. The pledge involves implementing voluntary environmental safety measures and improvements. Responsible Care started in Canada in 1985 and became adopted by chemical industries in other countries around the world. In Japan, the number of member companies has grown with the promotional activities conducted by the Japan Responsible Care Council (JRCC) since its establishment in 1995.

Management structure

Our Group has established the Responsible Care Committee, which reports directly to the President. The committee is involved in setting goals and planning activities, as well as sharing information of each company at domestic Group meetings, including safety and environment meetings as well as product safety meetings, and promoting activities relevant to the environment, health and safety.

We have also established an environment, safety and health organization in each Group company, including overseas, which enable us to engage in effective and efficient operations through activities built around our primary business activities. The activities follow a PDCA cycle at each company and plant, and are subject to both external review for ISO 14001 and internal RC audits to clearly identify any areas of improvement. We also conduct regular management review to strive for continuous improvement.

Targets and results of Responsible Care

The Group has established the Responsible Care (RC) Activity Policy concerning the basics of RC activities comprising of environmental preservation, occupational safety and health, security and disaster prevention, chemicals and products safety, logistics safety, and dialogue with society (the six pillars), in aiming to standardize RC activities. We have also established the Safety and Environment (RC) Regulations in aiming to improve effectiveness and efficiency when carrying out RC activities.

From 2020 to 2021, we have conducted activities with the following items identified as priority themes.

Targets and results of Responsible Care

Priority themesTargets for 2020Results in 2020Evaluation of 2020*Targets for 2021
Occupational safety and health
  • Security and disaster prevention
  • Logistics safety
Continued review of risk assessment to improve comprehensiveness and implement thorough risk measures (reduction and tolerance) based on the assessment results to prevent disasters and accidentsEstablished and implemented an improvement plan at each company based on the risk assessment result.+++Continued review of risk assessment to improve comprehensiveness and implement thorough risk measures (reduction and demand) based on the assessment result to prevent disasters and accidents (priority targets: getting pinched or caught, contact with hazardous materials)
Ensuring and strengthening of the necessary safety functions (organization, human resources and systems) for safety controlEstablished training plan accroding to the issue of each partner company and enhanced safety function.+++Ensuring and strengthening of the necessary safety functions (organization, human resources and systems) for safety control
Enhancement of safety management in logstics (contractor management, hazardous goods storage, material handling and conveyance, transportation, etc.)Reduced logistics accidents and achieved zero serious accidents through enhancing contractor management and training on cargo handling and transportation, etc.+++Enhancement of safety management in logstics (contractor management, hazardous goods storage, material handling and conveyance, transportation, etc.)
Zero serious injuriesAchieved zero serious injuries.(1 semi-serious injury)++Zero serious injuries
Environmental preservationInitiatives to prevent global warming
  • Plan and implement activities to improve CO2 emissions intensity and energy consumption intensity by at least 1% on average per year
  • Plan and implement activities to improve energy usage intensity related to cargo transport by at least 1% on average per year
  • Not achieved by some companies as a result of decreased production volume due to COVID-19.
  • Worked to establish a data collection method for energy consumption in cargo transportation.
++Initiatives to prevent global warming
  • Plan and implement activities to reduce total CO2 emissions to below the actual results in FY2019
  • Plan and implement activities to reduce total CO2 emissions related to cargo transport to below the actual results in FY2019
Initiatives on the appropriate management of waste
  • Achieve and maintain reduced industrial waste generation and zero industrial waste sent in landfills.
  • Store PCB waste properly and complete treatment by deadline.
  • Increased industrial waste generated due to unplanned construction work and the disposal of long-term inventories. Not achieved a 100% recycling rate due to the asbestos-containing waste from work at a portion of the factories and brick waste generated from building demolition.
  • Managed and maintained PCB waste properly based on laws and regulations.
+++Initiatives on the appropriate management of waste
  • Achieve and maintain reduced industrial waste generation and zero industrial waste sent in landfills.
  • Store PCB waste properly and complete treatment by deadline.
Preservation of air, water and soil environment
  • Comply with voluntary management standards (air pollution: SOx, NOx, soot and dust; water pollution: COD, total phosphorus, total nitrogen).
  • Reduce substances subject to the PRTR system (emission into the atmosphere or hydrosphere) and VOC emissions.
  • Achieve zero incidents of soil and groundwater contamination or leakages of flurocarbons that deplets ozone.
  • Maintained compliance with voluntary environmental standards.
  • Increased substances subject to the PRTR system in some factories.
  • Achieved zero incidents of soil and groundwater contamination or leakages of flurocarbons.
+++Preservation of air, water and soil environment
  • Comply with voluntary management standards (air pollution: SOx, NOx, soot and dust; water pollution: COD, total phosphorus, total nitrogen).
  • Reduce substances subject to the PRTR system (emission into the atmosphere or hydrosphere) and VOC emissions.
  • Achieve zero incidents of soil and groundwater contamination or leakages of flurocarbons that deplets ozone.
Chemicals and environmental safetyInitiatives on product launch and marketing to reduce environmental impacts
  • Implement initiatives to reduce environmental impacts through paint and disposal (for primary customers).
  • Implement initiatives to reduce environmental impacts through coating film function (for secondary customers).
Need to identify at least one important target for one or each of the above, with initiative targets established and promoted through efforts such as newly developed OEM purchase, new market expansion, and replacement with current product.
  • Nippon Paint Automotive Coatings Co., Ltd. (NPAC): Development of water-repellent coating film for bathroom and toilet use was carried out ahead of schedule. Moreover, the Company received approval on the materials for introducing tin-free electrodeposition coatings overseas
  • Nippon Paint Marine Coatings Co., Ltd. (NPMC): Increased sales of low-solubility, self-polishing anti-fouling paint and low-friction resistance anti-fouling paint
+++ESG/SDGs-driven product launch and marketing initiatives
  • Manage and promote by identifying at least one item of high priority such as reduction of environmental impacts or resolving social issues, for new product development, market launch and replacement of existing product as a Responsible Care target.
Strengthening of internal controlManagement system for chemical substances
  • Perform independent internal and external survey of current status and legal research based on business needs to ensure a legal compliance structure and maintain such compliance with each law and regulation, including the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Law, Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., and revisions to overseas laws with notification deadlines.
Found non-compliance at some OEMs (labelling, letter of transfer) according to the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Law, but confirmed completion of corrective measures. Established a system not only for our own products but also to maintain legal compliance for OEM products.+++Management system for chemical substances
  • Perform independent internal and external survey of current status and legal research based on business needs to ensure a legal compliance structure and maintain such compliance with each law and regulation, including the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Law, Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., and revisions to overseas laws with notification deadlines.
Enhancement of safety and environmental activity management structure
  • Reliably acquire global data on safety and environment and strengthen the structure that improves safety and environmental performance using such data.
Conducted overseas human resources training on safety and enhanced environment and management structure.+++Enhancement of safety and environmental activity management structure
  • Reliably acquire global data on safety and environment and strengthen the structure that improves safety and environmental performance through implementing EHS/CSR systems.

* Evaluation standard: Domestic average achievment rate of +++: at least 80% or above, ++: at least 50%, +: less than 50%
Bold font in 2021 indicates changes from 2020.

Acquisition status of management system certification

The acquisition of environmental management system certification (ISO 14001) is considered a fundamental tenet of environmental preservation in terms of management system. As for occupational safety and health, we are conducting activities based on the occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS).
Nippon Paint Group received ISO 14001 multi-site certification for seven operating companies in Japan and all (100%) of their subsidiaries (in total 63) upon audit by an external certification organization. In addition, we provide active support to our partner companies overseas for their health and safety activities and take actions to deepen communications for sorting out problems. In Asia, we provide support to enable our partner companies to establish improvement activities. In other regions, we conduct activities and provide support for corrective actions on an as-needed basis.

Environmental management system (ISO 14001)
Domestic: 63 bases (100%)
Overseas: 52 companies/bases
*Based on interviews as of 2020. The reporting boundary excludes affiliated parties, other affiliated companies, non-consolidated subsidiaries, affiliated companies, equity-method affiliates, scheduled closures, etc.

Safety and health management system (ISO 45001 / former OHSAS 18001)
Domestic: We have adopted the occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) at almost all production bases (under development for a portion of bases) in order to continuously maintain and enhance RC-based occupational safety and health activities.
Overseas: 22 companies/bases
*Based on interviews as of 2020. The reporting boundary excludes affiliated parties, other affiliated companies, non-consolidated subsidiaries, affiliated companies, equity-method affiliates, scheduled closures, etc.

Environment, safety and health audits

The Group conducts internal audits (internal RC audits) annually covering the environmental, safety and health activities of all Group companies in Japan.
In addition, the Group undergoes external audits annually in order to maintain and renew external certifications. The results of these audits are reported to the RC Committee and improvements are made wherever necessary.

Audit summary


2020 implementation status2020 inspection result
Internal RC auditJuly–September 2020
Covers all departments under dometic Group companies
Overall, we received about 700 counts of indication
(4 moderate cases, 31 mild cases, 486 other comments, 193 positive comments)
In addition, we performed internal RC audit monitoring on 9 bases that received feedback from ISO 14001 external audit.
ISO 14001 external auditOctober 2020
Covers all departments under the group
No non-compliance was found. We received feedback for 2 items to be put under observation.
(example: inadequate operation management for information conveyence)
In addition, there were 12 cases of opportunities for improvement.

Environment, safety and health education

In addition to legal education and training, the Group conducts basic knowledge and practical environment and occupational safety and health education in order to properly implement RC activities. Training conducted in fiscal 2020 was as follows.

New employee training: 97 people
New employee follow-up training:78 people
ISO internal auditor training seminar: not conducted for the entire Group in fiscal 2020 (fiscal 2021: 277 people)
*Not tabulated as internal RC auditor training is conducted at each company as necessary

Environment - Environmental and safety management initiatives

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