We are continuously working to improve our ISO 14001*1-based environmental management systems and to promote group-wide environmental management.
*1 ISO 14001:
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) standard determined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Certification is granted to environmentally aware organizations that develop systems for ongoing reductions in their environmental footprint.
Fujitsu has constructed environmental management systems (EMS) based on the ISO 14001 international standard and is promoting environmental improvement activities across the Group. After acquiring ISO 14001 certification for Japanese consolidated subsidiaries at the end of FY 2004, we expanded this effort to include overseas subsidiaries and acquired global integrated certification in FY 2005.
By constructing EMS along with a global supply chain, the Fujitsu Group has further strengthened its global governance. This also allows the Group to promote even more efficient and highly effective environmental activities; not only grasping our achievement status for the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan but also collecting a wide variety of information from all Group companies, such as legal compliance, emergency response, environmental communication and preservation activities, and conducting management reviews.
The final decisions on environmental management are taken at meetings of the Management Council, chaired by the president. The Environmental Management Committee, which also is chaired by the president, discusses all manner of issues related to environmental management. Its purpose is to strengthen the Fujitsu Group's environment-related governance, raise the level of the Group's environmental management, and consider medium-to-long term issues.
Under the Environmental Management Committee, we form issue-specific committees depending on the importance of the environmental issues at hand . These committees make it possible to deal with issues in a manner that enables both the swift uptake of action approaches throughout the Group, and achievement of efficiency and speed improvements.
The Environmental Management Committee's deliberations are also shared with the whole group and we have created a Global Environment Management Working Group (WG) under the Green Management Committee as an organization to strengthen our EMS activities through promoting an understanding of the results of the committee to encourage proactive actions. In the Global Environment Management WG, we assemble people from across the various business groups and inform them of items that we request be handled by the various divisions and group companies to unify our global information sharing.
As of the end of FY 2013, Fujitsu has acquired global integrated ISO 14001 certification for a total of 82 companies, including 10 overseas Group companies. In addition, our 19 overseas companies which are not production base sites are constructing and operating an EMS in line with Fujitsu Group environmental policies. In this way, we have established an environmental management structure across the whole Group.
The Environmental Management Committee proposes, deliberates, and decides upon environmental matters relating to all Group companies. It determines the directions to be taken for energy usage volume, CO2 emissions reductions, ways to address environmental risk, and other medium-to-long term matters important to environmental management at an overall level. The Environmental Management Committee also conducts environmental management reviews and has approval authority for the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan.
The issue-specific committees are subcommittees set up by the Environmental Management Committee to make a dedicated response to specific issues. Their main role is to discuss targets for the Environmental Action Plan check on the progress being made for each target and promote further activity toward achieving them. Issue-specific committees' progress reports are approved and directed by the Environmental Management Committee.
The Fujitsu Group carries out its environmental management along the same lines as its corporate management. To this end, we are pursuing environmental management within a matrix structure combining (1) "line activities" directly tied to the business operations of various divisions and companies (including eco-friendly product development and the expansion of environmental contribution solutions) and (2) "site activities" to tackle common themes affecting each factory or business location (such as energy conservation and waste reduction).
In this way, along with minimizing the environmental burden of our own business activities, we promote reductions in environmental burdens more generally through the sale of our products and services.
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