Murata and the Environment
Murata has established an environmental management program, based on the framework of implementing environmental management principles at every plant in Japan, as well as every production site outside of Japan since FY2009. We share this information with our stakeholders for the purpose of awareness and transparency of our environmental activities, leading to the strengthening of the governance of our overall environmental management program.
Murata Group EHS Disaster Prevention Policy
As part of the practice of management philosophy, the Shaze (Murata philosophy), the entire Murata Group work together to reduce the Group’s impact on the environment, ensure health and safety , and implement disaster prevention activities.
The Group will comply with all laws and regulations as well as matters agreed upon with relevant parties.
The Group will address the following issues throughout its business activities:
Reducing the Group’s impact on the environment
- Reducing the environmental impacts of our products
- Preventing environmental pollution
Ensuring health and safety
- Eliminating work-related accidents
- Creating safe and healthy workplaces
Implementing disaster prevention activities
- Eradicating fires
- Minimizing damage from natural disasters
The Group will establish an EHS disaster prevention management system and continually work toward its improvement.
The Group will announce this policy both internally and publicly.
Environmental management promotion system
Creating a system to reduce environmental impact from the design stage
At Murata, the executive in charge of environmental affairs is responsible for environmental activities throughout the Group, and the Sustainability Department supports and promotes environmental activities across all of Murata’s business sites. The Murata Environmental Committee, a consultative body to the President, discusses and examines the status of environmental activities at each business site, as well as company-wide environmental issues.
We expanded the scope of the Global Warming Prevention Committee, and accordingly changed its name to the Climate Change Committee. The Global Warming Prevention Committee was formed to aggressively work on reductions in CO2 emissions. The newly formed Climate Change Committee is increasing the pace of our efforts not just to reduce emissions in the design, development, and manufacturing stages, but also to undertake comprehensive climate change countermeasures including the introduction of renewable energy.
ISO 14001 certification
Integration of environmental management systems of domestic and overseas Group companies
Murata acquired ISO 14001 certification for 55 sites before April 30, 2020. We worked on integrating systems, and in March 2007, we had completed the switching of individual certification of Group business sites in Japan to ISO 14001 multi-site certification. In addition, in March 2010, we completed the integration of the environmental management systems employed in all of our production sites and business sites in Japan. Since then, we have implemented an integrated environmental management system from design and development to production and sales, and also applied best-practice improvements that proved successful in one plant or office to other plants or offices, so as to improve the environmental performance of the entire Murata Group.
In 2016, seeking to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our activities, we integrated our environmental management and occupational health and safety management systems.
As of April 30, 2019, ISO 14001 certification has been obtained at 53 sites, which includes 48 out of 52 production sites. (This represents 92% of our total production sites.)
Environmental education and promotion
Environmental education for all employee groups based on type of work
Murata conducts environmental education for all employees to improve their environmental awareness.
With regard to courses for training our internal auditors, in fiscal 2019, the Group created a new course to conduct EHS internal audits in line with the EHS management system. In fiscal 2020, the course was modified to comply with ISO 45001. Also, employees who handle wastewater and gas emission equipment or other equipment that affects the environment receive individual training on appropriate inspections and efficient operation to minimize impact on the environment.
Three views to rectifying problems
The Murata Group conducts three types of internal environmental audits at all Japan sites and production plants. Each of these audits is conducted from a different perspective, enabling us to identify problems and make improvements based on broad-ranging perspectives.
Murata’s internal environmental audits
- Internal plant audits
Internal plant audits are self-audits conducted by each plant based on its own management standards set for routine work for the purpose of monitoring operations and discovering and correcting noncompliance. An audit is conducted once a year by the Internal Audit Team to investigate whether various prescribed rules can be followed correctly. In order to improve the level of auditing and promote the exchange of information between business sites, we have also established a system for the exchange of auditors between business sites.
- Visits to production plants by the Sustainability Department
The Sustainability Department of the Head Office conducts visits to production plants in order to supplement audits performed by external auditing agencies, and to conduct audits and propose improvements in specialized areas not addressed in internal plant audits.
- Visits by auditors
The auditing officers inspect the plants’ EHS management systems and their operation to verify overall conformity and, when necessary, provide opinions.