Environmental ReportSocial Responsibility 2012
Recognizing that our business activities affect the entire planet and that protecting the global environment is essential for our survival and activity, we work voluntarily and proactively to protect the environment under the Nisshin Seifun Group's Basic Environmental Policy, including initiatives to reduce waste and CO2 emissions and to effectively use resources and energy.
We have identified the major environmental impacts of our operations as electricity and water consumption, CO2 and waste emissions. We strive to promote effective environmental management and reduce environmental impacts through such means as understanding our footprint from production and distribution to consumer use and eventual disposal of residual packaging.
*Based on Act concerning the Promotion of Utilization of Recyclable Food Waste
Under the leadership of the Director for Environmental Issues, we implement our Group Environmental Policy to conduct business in an environmental responsible manner. We evaluate each business site, including offices and plants for compliance with laws and regulations through internal audit according to our stringent standards. We also ensure our continuous improvement through groupwide certificated Environmental Management System under ISO14001.
Scope of Group ISO14001 certification
Japanese production plants, silos, research labs, head office, local office sales departments and other departments at Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. /Nisshin Flour Milling Inc. / Nisshin Foods Inc. /Nisshin Pet Food Inc. / Nisshin Pharma Inc. / Nisshin Engineering Inc. /Nisshin Associates Inc. / Nisshin Grain Silo Inc. / Hanshin Silo Co., Ltd. /Ma•Ma-Macaroni Co., Ltd. / Daisen Ham Co., Ltd.
The Group's total CO2 emissions in FY2011 increased 1.9% from previous year owing to higher production volume. However, emissions since FY1990 have decreased by 11.2%, and the Group's overall reduction target was achieved. The Group-wide use of electricity was thoroughly reviewed through operational management at our plants. Use of air conditioners and OA equipment at our offices was also reviewed. In the future, we will promote the use of energy-efficient facilities and renewable energy. We will pursue various measures against global warming.
Our Group widened the scope of waste reduction in FY2011. A higher target for waste control was adopted, and data from FY2000 was used as a standard of measurement. Overall disposal waste in FY2011 reduced nearly 96% from that in FY2000. In the future as well, we will continue to effectively use our resources and control waste generation.
Consideration to Biodiversity
Natural resources are indispensable for the businesses and products of Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. Thus, we ensure that natural resources are used efficiently to create a healthy lifestyle for people.
Support for Kiritappu Wetland National Trust
The Kiritappu Wetland is a wetland area in Hamanaka-cho, Akkesi District, Hokkaido, Japan. This wetland is the third largest wetland in Japan. The wetland is home to various flora and fauna. The Kiritappu Wetland is registered under the Ramsar Convention as an important habitat for the waterfowl. In a bid to preserve this wonderful wetland, Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. is assisting the Kiritappu Wetland National Trust, an authorized NPO, which buys private land and develops wetland conservation activities.