CSR and Environmental Management

CSR and Environmental Management Promotion Framework

Twice a year (in May and November), we hold a CSR Council where our President serves as a chairperson, as part of an organizational framework that was set up to discuss and develop plans for addressing the social responsibility issues that Yokohama Rubber Group is currently facing.
Organizations including the CSR Council, the Corporate Compliance Committee, the Environment Council, the Central Labor Relations Committee, the Central Safety and Health Committee, and the Risk Management Committee have been established, with the responsible officers serving as chairpersons to deliberate on various issues.
Matters with a material impact on management are submitted to the Management Meeting for approval.
We have three task forces, two sub-councils, and four committees that promote environmental activities as sub-bodies within the Environmental Council. The Environmental Council engages in business activities as a product development framework and continues to provide environmentally friendly products.
We aim to realize consistent, high-level environmental management in all our operations worldwide, and we work to promote effective area management; in fiscal 2021, Environment Councils were held in the China area.
(as of August, 2022)

Important Issues of
the Yokohama Rubber Group

In order to build a trusted identity as a contributing member of the global community, Yokohama Rubber Group acts in accordance with the Yokohama Rubber Group Action Guidelines together with its stakeholders, which include customers, shareholders and investors, business partners and suppliers, and employees.
To this end, the Yokohama Rubber Group has specified the following critical issues in reference to benchmarks including the GRI Guidelines and ISO26000, and conducts activities in response as the Critical Issues of the Yokohama Rubber Group.
As a company with a trusted identity as a contributing member of the global community, the Yokohama Rubber Group creates and provides to society the following forms of value while implementing the strategy of the YX2023 medium-term management plan based on the Action Guidelines, in order to move forward together with stakeholders.
For more information about the YX2023 medium-term management plan, see the “Investor Relations” section of the Yokohama Rubber corporate website.
For more information about our CSR measures, see the section of the Yokohama Rubber corporate website that outlines our “Caring for the Future” CSR Slogan.

Management System

Enforcement of Global Environmental Management Based on ISO14001

We aim to maintain high-quality environmental management under the same standard both in domestic and overseas group companies; thereby we have positioned ISO14001, which is the international Environmental Management System standard, as the basis of our management.
We are trying to get all our operation sites to obtain ISO14001; so far, a total of 17 operation sites in Japan, comprising nine from Yokohama Rubber and eight from our group for domestic operations have obtained it, whereas overseas a total of 23 operation sites of 18 group companies have been certified.
It should be noted that during fiscal 2012, ISO14001 integrated certification was acquired for the integrated environmental management of Yokohama Rubber’s ten production bases and the head office, and a total of 16 Yokohama Rubber and Group company offices acquired ISO14001:2015 integrated certification in 2018. This reflects the high level of homogenization.
In addition, our non-manufacturing sites are promoting environment management in accordance with the ‘CSR Environmental Management Guidelines’ and our approach to the environment.
The Yokohama Rubber head office and systems company in Japan and Group distribution subsidiaries in Australia and Taiwan have acquired ISO14001 certification, under which they are further advancing their environmental management.

Overseas business locations that have acquired ISO14001 certification

Japanese business locations that have acquired ISO14001 certification

As of December 2021

Execution of Comprehensive Environmental Audit

We are conducting audits as to continual progression for improvement on the management system of environmental management, improvement on the environmental performance, and minimizing environmental risks per operation unit by conducting internal audits of business locations as a first-party audit, integrated internal audits by the Environmental Protection Promotion Department, and an external audit as a third-party audit every year (all audits are based on ISO14001).
Also, our Environmental Protection Promotion Department is checking and verifying the score of self-evaluation at each business site in accordance with CSR Environmental Management Guidelines for domestic distribution companies within our group.
There were no indications of any violation of environmental legislation among all the auditing items in fiscal 2021.

Internal Audit

Overseas production sites have acquired and implemented ISO14001 certification.
Through our internal audit, we work to continually improve the level of our environmental management system. We conducted our audit not just to operate and maintain our environmental management system, but also by setting our common themes as whether our system is duly functioning for our purposes, whether each member of our group is walking the talk by reviewing and setting up the guidelines, purposes, and target by shifting more focus on the reduction of environmental burden in an even more proactive manner during their normal business activities.

Integrated internal audit

Integrated certification has been acquired for production sites in Japan. In order to make overall improvements to environmental management and work towards the cross deployment of key issues, internal audits are also conducted by members from each site.
In fiscal 2021, we conducted internal audits based on the positioning for fiscal 2015, and we worked to improve the level of chemical substance control and response to environmental risks, focusing in particular on our production and development sites.
Also, we focused on the promotion of various activities to contribute to society from the perspective of CSR and the level of communication with stakeholders, including local residents, in the audit.

External Audit

During fiscal 2021, an integrated EMS certification registration audit was continued by an ISO audit registration organization that covered all of the group’s Japanese production bases and its Headquarters, and as a result we successfully completed a periodic review ISO14001:2015.
While no nonconforming items were found in the audit, we strove to make continuous improvements.

Enforcement of
Environmental Training and Education

CSR and Environmental Training

We have incorporated CSR and environmental training as one of the subjects to be studied by recent graduate hires and mid-career hires. In addition, a career development course, "CSR and Environmental Knowledge," was held for employees in their second to third year of employment in personnel training for career-track positions. In addition to learning about the environment in general, education on biodiversity conservation including a river monitoring experience was provided. In FY2021, the course was held on video-on-demand (monitoring experience was also provided only for viewing) due to the expansion of COVID-19 infection, and 178 employees took the course.
Furthermore, we held a career development course, "CSR (Intermediate Level)," for employees who have been with the company for about 10 years.
A total of 128 participants took the course, which covered knowledge on SDGs, ESG investment, and other CSR issues such as the environment, health and safety, and BCP.
These career development courses are positioned as mandatory training for promotion.
In addition, in order to ensure that our managerial and supervisor level employees thoroughly understand ISO14001, we are conducting training classes for environmental internal auditors. Including 100 personnel who have completed this course to get certified in fiscal 2021, currently a total of 2,450 personnel have been registered and are already active as our internal auditors.
We conduct skill improvement seminars to further improve the levels of employees with internal auditor qualifications. This time, due to the Corona disaster, it was not conducted.

Enhancement of Education Activities

As part of our environmental education activities, we conduct improvement activities by getting involved with all our personnel by sending our President’s message to all our employees in the Energy Saving Month in February and the Environment Month in June every year. For our Environment Month from June 1 to 30, we accept suggestions for environmental month slogans and posters from all Yokohama Rubber Group employees and family members up to elementary school student age.
We received many submissions that expressed various messages related to topics such as energy savings and the 3Rs.
In fiscal 2020, due to the Corona disaster, the entire company cancelled the contest. However, several sites made their own efforts.
In fiscal 2021, we resumed the campaign and received 5,761 entries for eco declarations and 128 entries for posters in Japan, and 4,552 entries for eco declarations and 357 entries for posters overseas.
Of these, the following were selected as excellent works.
  Japan Overseas
Environmental Slogan Excellent Works 25 14
Poster Excellent Works 14 14
In addition, the best works were selected for both Japan and overseas.

Environmental Slogan Best Work

"When shopping, I choose products that will help reduce waste, and I fully consider whether I really need the product before purchasing it."
Mayumi Noro, Plant Management Section, Hamatite Plant

"To turn garbage into treasure, sorting and recycling is indispensable."
Wang Mengliang, Metal parts manufacturing, YIP-HZ

Environmental Poster Best Work

Family of Naoki Kimura, Extrusion, Manufacturing Section 1, Mishima Plant
NOK, Manufacturing Department, YTRC
A commemorative gift was given by the secretariat for Excellent Works and Best Works in Japan and overseas.

President’s Award for Environmental Contribution

As a part of our strategy to raise awareness and enlighten with regards to the environment through our work operation, we have established a President's Award for Environmental Contribution system. As a part of our strategy to raise awareness and enlighten with regard to the environment through our operations, we have established a President’s Award for Environmental Contribution system. The fields for the award consists of a 3R Award, Energy Conservation Award, and Social Contribution Award for the production group, a Products Award for the groups of development and designing of environmentally-friendly products, and an Office Award for secretarial groups such as sales and administrative teams.
We select these upon screening and reviewing as to their activities for the past one year per case description of their field from all our groups of our entire corporation. The award winning groups from each award will receive the certificate from our President every year.
By implementing this President’s Award for Environmental Contribution, it is evident that all our employees can have an even better awareness of getting involved with environmental contribution from their daily operation work. However, due to the Corona disaster, this award was not implemented in FY2021.

Environmental Accounting

Environmental conservation costs

Calculated since fiscal 2013 with the Head Office and domestic production bases as a boundary in reference to the environmental accounting guidelines issued by the Ministry of the Environment.
  • (Millions of yen)

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Item Major initiatives FY 2020 FY 2021
Business area costs   Investments Costs Investments Costs

Pollution prevention costs Installation of deodorization equipment, supporting CFC regulations, etc. 430 60.99 399 72.62
Global environmental conservation costs Compressors, air conditioning renewal, adoption of hybrid forklifts, etc. 166 20 257 30
Resource recycling costs Costs related to waste segregation and processing 0 382 0 507
Subtotal   595 462 656 609
Upstream and downstream costs Expenses for reuse of tire bladders and plastics liners for rubber take-up 0 38 0 63
Management activity costs EMS maintenance, management, and information disclosure costs 0 174 0 180
Research and development costs Research and development costs for reducing the environmental burden 93 897 282 868
Social activity costs Tree planting activities in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, social contribution activities, etc. 0 4 0 7
Environmental remediation costs Reserves for PCB processing, etc. 0 55 0 7
Subtotal   689 1,630 938 1,734
Total   2,319 2,673

Economic effect

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Type of effect Major initiatives FY 2020 FY 2021
Profits Profits gained from wastes and recycling from business activities 28 65
Cost reduction Cost reductions through energy conservation 298 173
Cost reductions through the use of recycled products 160 464
Total   486 702

Environmental conservation effects

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  Year-on-year reduction
Type of effect FY 2020 FY 2021
Greenhouse gas emissions (thousand tons, CO2) 25,960.0 -8,890.0
VOCs emissions (tons) 52.9 -7.2
Waste reclamation quantity (tons) Zero emissions achieved domestically in FY 2010
Waste emissions (tons) 2,002.0 -681.3

Environmental efficiency

Greenhouse gas indicator
Index of sales/greenhouse gas emissions, with a value of 100 for the base year (FY 2005)
VOCs indicator
Index of sales/VOC emissions, with a value of 100 for the base year (FY 2005)
Industrial waste emission indicator
Index of sales/industrial waste emissions, with a value of 100 for the base year (FY 2005)

Participation in Initiatives in Japan and Overseas

Yokohama Rubber Group is committed to the Ten principles of the UN Global Compact and carries out the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle following the framework of ISO 26000.
Global Compact

Japan Association for the World Food Programme

We endorse the World Food Progamme (WFP) in undertaking to eradicate hunger and poverty and support the activities of the WFP as a trustee.

Fun to Share Campaign

We provided sponsorship for the Challenge 25 Campaign (a global warming prevention campaign fostering involvement by ordinary citizens) which was launched on January 14, 2010, and we participated in the Challenge 25 Campaign activities. Following the termination of the Challenge 25 Campaign, since 2014 we have been supporting the new Fun to Share Campaign, which is aimed at achieving a low-carbon society in response to climate change. We have also registered as a participating company and organization and made a declaration on the content of the initiatives.

Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
Achieving a low-carbon society through fuel-efficient tires and environmental contribution products and activities.

“Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren” -Promotion Partners

Yokohama Rubber agrees with the purpose of the "Nippon Keidanren Declaration on Biodiversity" and has been developing initiatives for "biodiversity preservation" as its promotion partner since 2009.
Currently, we are working as a "Private Sector Engagement Partnership for Biodiversity".
Basic policies and action guidelines have been set forth as “Yokohama Rubber’s Guidelines on Biodiversity.”

Nippon Keidanren "Carbon Neutral Action Plan

As the world's interest in and expectations for achieving carbon neutrality in 2050 grow even more intense, Yokohama Rubber considers the realization of this goal to be the most important goal we should aim for in the future.
We endorse and participate in the Keidanren's "Carbon Neutral Action Plan," a new and strongly promoted initiative.

WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

WBCSD refers to a unified association that consists of top executives from global corporations in order to perform their leadership in their industry, have lively discussion, and propose policies with regards to the environment and sustainable development. We are participating in the Tire Industry Project, which involves conducting surveys pertaining to the possible impact of tires on the environment and health, and promoting various activities to save energy in buildings and offices.
In May 2021, we formulated the SDGs Roadmap for the tire sector.
The roadmap is here: