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.