Based on its internal control system, the Kubota Group is establishing environmental management systems at each site and enhancing its risk management activities. In recent years, we have engaged in activities to strengthen environmental management at our overseas sites.
To ensure compliance with environmental laws, the Kubota Group has set and thoroughly manages its own control values at each of its sites for exhaust gas, wastewater, noise, vibration and other variables that are stricter than the relevant laws and regulations. We have established a system to promptly report any non-compliances and complaints related to environmental laws and regulations to the head office.
Despite these efforts, however, in 2016 we had a case of exceeding of the wastewater control value and a case of inappropriate treatment of PCB-containing devices at production sites in Japan, and a case of the leakage of cooling water at a Group company in Japan. Moreover, in 2017 a case of exceeding the wastewater control value arose at a production site in Japan. None of these cases resulted in any serious incidents, and we implemented necessary measures to prevent any impact on the ambient environment and are working to prevent recurrence.
Each year, the Kubota Environmental Protection Department conducts an environmental audit that incorporates a written audit targeting all production sites, service sites, offices, and construction and maintenance management departments domestically, as well as overseas group production sites.
Moreover, in addition to the environmental audit by the Environmental Protection Department, annual internal environmental audits are conducted at production sites in an effort to further improve the level of environmental management.
Each year, detailed environmental risk assessments are conducted to evaluate the use of hazardous substances and the functions of environment-related equipment with the aim of clarifying the status of environmental risk at each production site and establishing systematic improvements.
The Kubota Group is proactively working to reveal possible environmental risks and further reduce risk by conducting environmental audits and environmental risk assessments—two activities with differing perspectives—in parallel.
At each site, environmental patrols are carried out to meticulously assess the entire site and confirm the absence or presence of conditions that may lead to environmental accidents or violations of environmental laws and regulations. In RY2016, Kubota formulated the Environmental Patrol Handbook, which provides the key points with which even unexperienced personnel can notice abnormality during environmental patrol, and distributed it to each site in Japan. Kubota aims to reduce the environmental risks by conducting the environmental patrol using this Handbook and finding the situation that may cause any abnormality in an early stage.
The Kubota Ryugasaki Plant conducts environmental patrols in accordance with the environmental conservation regulations of the Kubota Group.
We check the workplace environment and the management status of waste disposal and wastewater treatment, etc. in the monthly patrols. In the Kubota Group Environment Month in June 2016, we added saving of energy, electricity, and water use to the activity themes, and distributed to each workplace a checklist summarizing the matters to check. Based on this checklist, the equipment and devices, such as lights and air-conditioners, were checked at all workplaces including production floors and business offices. Through participation in the environmental patrols, each employee became aware of the importance of eliminating wasteful use of energy.
We will continue to conduct and further enhance the periodic environmental patrols, with the aim of eliminating wasteful use of energy and preventing environmental accidents, as well as raising the environmental awareness of the employees.
The Kubota Group is working to identify and minimize environmental risks associated with its business activities through risk-specific response procedures.
We are also conducting drills each year based on response procedures that assume the outbreak of environmental accidents or situations that could arise in environmental accidents, in order to mitigate the impact on the ambient environment.
For the purpose of providing products that are friendly to global and local environments, the Kubota Group is seeking to procure products with reduced environmental impact from eco-friendly suppliers.
In order to proactively promote these activities, Kubota presents its policies on green procurement to suppliers through the Kubota Group's Green Procurement Guidelines, asking for their understanding and cooperation.
The Green Supplier Award System was launched in RY2015 to award suppliers recognized as having made notable contributions in the area of environmental conservation, such as the materials and components procured by Kubota Corporation. The awards are presented every year.
In accordance with the Kubota Group's Green Procurement Guidelines, this award system quantitatively evaluates environmental conservation activities engaged in by suppliers, such as saving resources and energy-saving activities in relation to goods supplied to Kubota Corporation, and awards the excellent activities.
In RY2016, of the 152 environmental conservation activities, 12 activities with particularly high achievements were awarded.
We will continue to utilize this system and carry out activities in the name of green procurement and promote environmental conservation initiatives hand-in-hand with our suppliers.
The Kubota Group offers environmental education programs to raise awareness among its employees. The education program for employees consists of rank-based training, professional training, and general training. Kubota assists external group's environmental education programs.
|Classification||Course title||Frequency||No. of participants||Course descriptions|
|Education by employee-level||Kubota Introductory course (new employees, etc.)||3||181||Global and local environmental issues and Kubota's environmental conservation activities|
|CSR training||2||101||Environmental issues and environmental risk management|
|Training for newly appointed supervisors||2||32||
Kubota's environmental management and efforts as supervisors
|Training for newly appointed foremen||1||18||
Kubota's environmental management and efforts as foremen
|Environmental forum for executive management||1||193||Lecture by Tokio Imbe, President of National Agriculture and Food Research Organization|
|Professional education||Basics of environmental management||1||26||
Basic knowledge of legal systems, environmental risk, and environmental conservation
Waste Management and Public Cleansing Law, practical training in consignment contracts and manifests, etc.
|Environment-related facility management||2||27||
Pollution control technologies and pollution control laws
|Education to train ISO 14001 environmental auditors||4||62||The ISO 14001 standard, environment-related laws, audit techniques|
|New waste management system training||13||148||Training on waste electronic information management systems|
|General training||Business sites in Japan and overseas Environmental education||7||190||
The Kubota Group's environmental management and medium-term environmental conservation targets
|Supporting education in outside organizations||Internship program with Utsunomiya Hakuyo High School||1||5||Kubota environmental conservation activities and efforts at Utsunomiya Plant|
Kubota Sakai Plant set up the Environment Dojo within the Plant in 2012 and has promoted activities to raise environmental awareness of its employees. The Environment Dojo is a training program targeting all employees of the Plant from new entrants to management. Its objective is to make all employees aware of the necessity of the environmental conservation activities, thereby activating the initiatives toward elimination of the environmental risks and reduction of environmental loads. The program includes the ideas to make the training contents easy to understand and interesting, such as display of actual goods and distribution of leaflets.
The Environment Dojo program is continuously held twice to four times a month. The contents were totally renewed in March 2016 to start the second version of the program, in which a total of 2,046 employees have participated as of December 2016. We will continue to make efforts to raise awareness of all employees, and promote the improvement activities at workplaces as well as the environmental awareness-raising activities that may be put into practice at home.
In order to boost the level of each member's understanding and awareness of the environmental issues toward the realization of its brand statement "For Earth, For Life," the Kubota Group launched "Kubota Eco Challenge" as a new initiative during the Kubota Group Environment Month in June 2016. The Kubota Eco Challenge is an environmental photo contest, inviting photos of eco-friendly actions by the Group employees and their family members around the world at work or home.
A total of 385 photos were posted, each demonstrating unique characteristics of each country or site. The top ten photos in a popularity poll were awarded.
This contest not only helped raise the environmental awareness, but also provided a good opportunity for the Group employees and their family members around the world, who usually have no contact with each other, to gather under the same theme and share their thoughts.
During the Environment Month in June every year, the Kubota Group presents the Environmental Achievement Awards to praise the individuals and groups that have made notable contributions to environmental conservation, as well as to boost the Group's employees' environmental conservation awareness and activate their environmental activities.
In RY2016, the scope of the awards was expanded to include non-production sites and product development departments in addition to production sites, and various environmental conservation activities including education and enlightenment, and social contribution, were evaluated. As a result, 24 cases were awarded for their achievements in energy saving, waste reduction, VOC emissions reduction, development of environment-friendly products, environmental awareness raising, community environmental activities, etc. Two of them were awarded as Excellent Prize.
We will continue to award the excellent initiatives that contribute to the environmental conservation, and encourage sharing of the details of such initiatives within the Group, with the aim of further activating the environmental activities.
|Production sites||SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd.
Amata Nakorn Plant (Thailand)
|Reduction of the consumption of natural gas by boilers through research and development of pre-paint treatment solution available at room temperature|
|Non-production sites||KBS Kubota Co., Ltd.
Kubota Machine Logistics Solution Department
|CO2 reduction by round use of east and west containers|
|Scope||Classification, No. of winners|
|Production sites||Excellent Prize: 1, Encouragement Award: 10, Good Effort Award: 5|
|Non-production sites||Excellent Prize: 1|
|Product development||Encouragement Award: 5|
|Education and enlightenment||Education and Enlightenment Award: 1|
|Social contribution||Social Contribution Award: 1|