For the Environment

We are fully aware that our business operations depend upon the bounty of nature. We strive to conserve resources, protect the environment, and contribute to a more sustainable society.

Environmental Management

The Meiji Group is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its business activities. Business operations are carried out in accordance with our Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Policy, which aim for harmony with the environment.

Environmental Philosophy

We, the Meiji Group, in recognition of the fact that our business operations originate from the bounty of nature, will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. To this end, we intend to harmonize our business activities with the global environment and manage the Group in a way that protects the environment.

Environmental Policy

To make the Meiji Group's Philosophy and Environmental Philosophy a reality, we adhere to the following environmental policy in carrying out our business activities.

Compliance with laws and regulations
1. We will strictly comply with laws, regulations, ordinances, agreements with stakeholders, and industry standards relating to the environment, as well as our Group's environmental standards, both in Japan and abroad.

Continuous improvement of environmental conservation activities
2. We will effectively operate and work to continuously improve our environmental management systems.

Reduction of environmental impact
3. We will endeavor to reduce the environmental impact of our products throughout their overall lifecycle, from design to disposal, and all of our business activities through improved productivity and the reduced consumption of resources and energy.

Biodiversity Conservation
4. We will conserve biodiversity by protecting ecosystems based on a global perspective in all our business activities.

Fostering an eco-friendly mindset
5. We will endeavor to foster employees who respect nature and take the initiative in thinking and acting in ways that are eco-friendly, and realize our Environmental Philosophy.

Coexistence and communication with society
6. We will strive to coexist with society by dialoguing with society and participating in environmental activities. Furthermore, we intend to properly disclose environmental information and communicate with society.

Third-Party Certification
Eight Meiji Co., Ltd. Group companies acquired Eco-Action 21 certification.
FYE March 2018 – Meiji Co., Ltd. Group companies are considering transitioning to ISO14001 multisite certification.

Environmental Management
Meiji and Meiji Seika Pharma conduct environmental management through environmental committees comprising representatives of related departments. Established in 2016, the Meiji Group Environment Committee monitors the progress of each company's environmental measures and reports to the Group CSR Committee.

Plants and research laboratories of the Meiji Group

Material Balance (Fiscal Year Ended March 2017)

Production

products

INPUT
  • Total Material Input Volume
    Raw materials
    2,236,000 tons
    Packaging containers
    163,000 tons
  • Total Energy Input Volume
    Total
    9,462,000 GJ
    Electricity
    5,275,000 GJ
    Fuel
    4,187,000 GJ
  • Water Resource Input Volume
    City water
    1,809,000 m³
    Well water
    15,110,000 m³
    Water for industrial use
    7,185,000 m³
    Service water
    24,104,000 m³
OUTPUT
  • Waste
    Waste
    54,000 tons
    Packaging containers
    51,000 tons
  • Total Water Discharge
    Volume
    Water discharge volume
    20,255,000 m³
  • Chemicals Discharge
    Volume
    PRTR substances discharge volume
    15 tons
    PRTR substances transfer
    volume
    626 tons
  • Greenhouse Gas
    Discharge Volume
    CO2
    510,000 tons
  • Impact Volume
    Related to
    Atmospheric
    Pollution and Living
    Environment
    NOx
    139 tons
    SOx
    76 tons

Distribution

products

OUTPUT
  • Greenhouse Gas Discharge Volume
    Vehicle Fuel
    128,000 tons-CO2

Sales

products

OUTPUT
  • Total Product Sales Volume
    Total product sales volume
    2,323,000 tons
INPUT
  • Energy Input Volume
    Vehicle Fuel
    1,878,000 GJ

Consumption

products

Figures are for the entire Meiji Group,
including manufacturing subsidiaries.

Biodiversity Conservation
As the Meiji Group depends upon the bounty of nature, it undertakes various environmental conservation activities.

Meiji concluded an agreement on the conservation of wild birds with the Wild Bird Society of Japan. Based on this accord, we jointly established a bird sanctuary in the Nemuro Nature Conservation Area, which we own, in Nemuro-shi, Hokkaido. In the conservation area, our employees volunteer to protect the environment. In addition, the area is used for the environmental education of local residents.

Nature Conservation Area1
Nature Conservation Area2

Environmental Communication

Elementary school students tour
environmental-related facilities

Elementary school students tour
environmental-related facilities

Meiji Seika Pharma's Gifu Plant provides environmental education for elementary school children. We explain our environmental conservation measures and give plant study tours of our environmental facilities.