Environmental Management

Environmental Management

Environmental Philosophy

Recognizing that our business operations originate from the bounty of nature, the Meiji Group 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 Management System

There is The Group Environmental Meeting, which is made up of representatives from our Food segment and Pharmaceutical segment as well as the sustainability representatives from Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. Under this system, the Meeting sets a long-term vision, plans specific measures as well as carries out risk management, and essentially oversees the environmental management for the whole Group.

Certification Status of ISO14001
Food Segment

Japan : 26 Plants and 13 Group Companies (Additionally, EcoAction 21 for 1 Group Company)

Overseas : 2 Group Companies

Pharmaceuticals Segment

Japan : 2 Plants, 4 Research Laboratories and 1 Group Company

Overseas : 1 Group Company

Approach to climate change and TCFD initiatives

The business of the Meiji Group is based on the abundant gifts of nature. The impact (risks and opportunities) of climate change on our business is a significant issue for the group. International frameworks such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for increased efforts to address climate change. The Meiji Group has set and presently pursues materialities based on the Meiji Group Sustainability 2026 Vision, formulated in 2016 to promote these international initiatives.
The Meiji Group agreed to join the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), which was established by the Financial Stability Board*1 in 2019. We also joined the TCFD Consortium*2 established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Financial Services Agency as a place for discussion among companies and financial institutions that support the TCFD.
Between August and October of 2019, the Meiji Group participated in the support program for companies to analyze their own climate risks and opportunities in line with the TCFD recommendations, which is a project supported by the Ministry of the Environment. We conducted a scenario analysis based on the TCFD recommendations related to the long-term effects of climate change in the areas of dairy ingredients and infectious diseases. Certain results of our analyses were included in Practical guide for Scenario Analysis in line with TCFD recommendations, published by the Ministry of the Environment.

  • *1 An international organization of representatives of central banks, financial supervisory agencies, and finance ministries.
  • *2 A consortium for investors and companies supporting the TCFD to jointly develop and use industry-specific scenario analysis and quantification techniques.
Material Balance (Fiscal Year Ended March 2019)




  • Total Material Input Volume
    Raw materials
    2,034,000 tons
    Packaging containers
    192,000 tons
  • Total Energy Input Volume
    9,587 TJ
    5,636 TJ
    3,951 TJ
  • Water Resource Input Volume
    City water
    1,450,000 m³
    Well water
    14,409,000 m³
    Water for industrial use
    6,197,000 m³
    Service water
    22,056,000 m³


  • Waste
    62,000 tons
    Recycling volume
    60,000 tons
  • Total Water Discharge
    Water discharge volume
    19,702,000 m³
  • Chemicals Discharge
    PRTR substances discharge volume
    43 tons
    PRTR substances transfer
    293 tons
  • Greenhouse Gas
    Discharge Volume
    492,000 tons
  • Impact Volume
    Related to
    Pollution and Living
    135 tons
    64 tons




  • Greenhouse Gas Discharge Volume
    Vehicle Fuel
    18,000 tons-CO2




  • Total Product Sales Volume
    Total product sales volume
    2,163,000 tons


  • Energy Input Volume
    Vehicle Fuel
    258 TJ



Figures are for the domestic Meiji Group,
including manufacturing subsidiaries.
Environmental Accounting

We calculated environmental preservation costs and economic effects for FYE March/2018 based on guidelines furnished by the Ministry of the Environment in Japan.

Environmental accounting figures are based on totals for Food segment and Pharmaceutical segment. Calculating investments, costs and economic benefits for environmental preservation encourages greater efficiency in Meiji Group activities.

Environmental Preservation Costs Millions of yen
Details FYE 3/2016 FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018
Capital expenditures Costs Capital expenditures Costs Capital expenditures Costs
Costs within business            
Pollution prevention costs
Air pollution control, Water pollution control, Soil pollution prevention, Stink prevention, Land subsidence prevention, etc.
321 2,849 137 2,784 147 3,071
Environmental preservation costs
Implementation of energy saving and greenhouse reduction measures, etc.
354 575 478 569 673 705
Resource circulation costs
Global warming prevention, energy saving, ozone depletion prevention, etc.
23 619 6 692 2 791
Upstream and downstream costs            
Environmentally sound procurement and purchase 0 2 0 40 14 5
Management activity costs            
Disclosure of environmental information and activities and oparation of environmental management system 1 146 0 131 0 115
Research and development costs            
Research and development for reducing environmental impact 0 0 0 0 0 0
Social contribution costs            
Nature conservation and tree-planting activities 0 13 0 12 2 8
Environmental damage costs            
Natural resource restoration 0 9 0 9 0 10
Total 698 4,213 621 4,237 837 4,705
Economic Effects of Environmental Preservation Measures (Millions of yen)
Details FYE 3/2016 FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018
Benefit Benefit Benefit
Energy saving 143 131 182
Waste reduction 37 28 23
Sale of valuables 105 78 58
Total 285 237 263
  • * Calculation parameters
    Scope: Meiji's and Meiji Seika pharma's plants and research centers, respectively.
    1. (1) Totals were calculated based on environmental accounting standards prepared in accordance with the Environmental Accounting Guidelines of the Ministry of the Environment.
    2. (2) Costs include depreciation and amortization, personnel expenses, utility costs, repair costs, and other costs.
    3. (3) Depreciation and amortization was calculated by identifying environmental equipment and facilities in the fixed asset ledger and using their statutory useful life.