Environmental Management

Environmental Management System (EMS)

The Morinaga Milk Group's "Environmental Operations Guidelines," formulated in 1993, provide for the creation of an environmental management system (EMS) through which environmental performance is continually improved across the Group. Our EMS consists of a general top management, which includes the president and designated officers, and a general environmental management representative (EMR), served by the general manager of the manufacturing department. Under the direction of the general top management, which serves as chair, an Environment Committee, made up of members of the head office departments and the research institutes, decides comprehensive environmental policies and reports to the general top management on matters relating to the setting of environmental objectives and the status of progress toward meeting them.
Subordinate bodies to the Environment Committee are maintained at the respective plants and offices of Morinaga Milk and at Group companies; these organizations communicate environmental policies and matters related to the EMS to the respective operational divisions. The Environmental Affairs Office regularly conducts audits to confirm that the EMS is operating effectively.

EMS Organization

ISO 14001

Morinaga Milk and some of its production affiliates have been maintaining certification to ISO 14001 since 1999. In 2008, we switched the head office and Morinaga Milk plants to a multi-site certification. In FY2012, we integrated three production affiliates into this multi-site system. The other 14 production affiliates have obtained certification under Eco-Action 21—an EMS certification program operated by Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE)—and are engaged in environmental conservation and reducing environmental impact.
The results of regular audits conducted by a third-party certification body in FY2012 showed no major non-conformities, allowing us to maintain our ISO 14001 certification status.

Environmental Objectives and Progress

Based on a Basic Environmental Policy established in 1993, the Morinaga Milk Group monitors improvements in environmental performance by setting medium-term environmental objectives every three years and numerical targets every year.

Basic Environmental Policy of the Morinaga Milk Group

The Morinaga Milk Group has adopted the following four basic policies to advance environmentally friendly business activities.

  • Reduce to the greatest extent possible the release of environmental pollutants and all other adverse impacts on the environment, and do so at every stage in the life of our products—from product design, to selection and procurement of ingredients and materials, to production and disposal of products.
  • Endeavor to conserve resources and energy used in the production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of our products.
  • Endeavor to minimize the generation of waste and to ensure that waste is reused, recycled, and properly disposed of.
  • Contribute in environmental conservation through developing environmentally beneficial technologies and offering them to the society.

Progress Toward the 2010--2012 Medium-Term Environmental Objectives

The Morinaga Milk Group's "Environmental Operations Guidelines," formulated in 1993, provide for the creation of an environmental management system (EMS) through which environmental performance is continually improved across the Group. Our EMS consists of a general top management, which includes the president and designated officers, and a general environmental management representative (EMR), served by the general manager of the manufacturing department. Under the direction of the general top management, which serves as chair, an Environment Committee, made up of members of the head office departments and the research institutes, decides comprehensive environmental policies and reports to the general top management on matters relating to the setting of environmental objectives and the status of progress toward meeting them.
Subordinate bodies to the Environment Committee are maintained at the respective plants and offices of Morinaga Milk and at Group companies; these organizations communicate environmental policies and matters related to the EMS to the respective operational divisions. The Environmental Affairs Office regularly conducts audits to confirm that the EMS is operating effectively.

Objectives Results
1 Strengthen our unified multi-site ISO 14001 system, and make progress in acquiring Eco-Action 21 certification from the MOE

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 Introduced at all Morinaga Milk plants and at three production affiliates. In FY2012, integrated three production affiliates into our multi-site certification.

Eco-Action 21

Acquired first-time certification at the Kumamoto and Miyazaki plants of Furijiport CO., LTD and at 14 other Morinaga production affiliates.

EMS operation

Began operation under a multi-site ISO 14001 registration in February 2008.

2 For global warming mitigation, reduce carbon dioxide emissions at an annual rate of 1.0% Emissions increased 8.1% in FY2012 compared to FY2011. An increase in the values of emission factors published by electric companies was a major cause.
3 Reduce food waste per unit of output by 25% or more by the end of FY2012 compared to FY2008, and increase the food recycling rate to 80% or higher. Reduced food waste per unit of output by 44.8% compared to FY2008. The food recycling rate was 86.6%
4 Reduce industrial waste per unit of output by 25% or more by the end of FY2012 compared to FY2008, increase the waste recycling rate to 98% or more, and reduce the waste-to-landfill rate to 0.5% or less. Reduced industrial waste per unit of output by 27.3% compared to FY2008. The waste recycling rate was 96.6%, and the waste-to-landfill rate was 0.4%. While we were able to reduce our waste-to-landfill rate, an even greater reduction in the amount of industrial waste generated kept us from improving our recycling waste.
5 Reduce industrial water use and wastewater treatment by 3.0% by the end of FY2012 compared to FY2008. Compared to FY2008, industrial water use declined by 7.1% while wastewater treatment increased by 1.6%.
6 Reduce environmental impacts from containers and packaging. In FY2012, we reduced the weight of the plastic cup and lid for Bifidus Yogurt from 15.0 to 14.0 g and from 5.0 to 4.8 g, respectively, realizing a combined weight reduction of 1.2 g per container. This eliminated approximately 168 tons of container weight for the year.
7 Support biodiversity conservation. Manufactured products using RA-certified ingredients, and used containers made from FSC-certified paper. Participated in an initiative to plant trees for watershed protection, among other efforts.

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