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Fujitsu as a Whole Obtains Environmental Certification ISO14001

Fujitsu as a whole recently obtained certification of its environment management system under ISO14001 (*1), which is an international standard of environment management.
This activity involved about 48,000 employees, making it Japan's largest single ISO certification. In addition to its existing company-wide activities such as saving energy, eliminating the use of paper, and sorting wastes, Fujitsu used its strengths as an IT company to set and promote goals linked to each division.
With the aim of implementing environmental activities using the same framework as that for conducting business, Fujitsu not only expanded activities to include the Sales Division and the Software & Services Division for which it had previously not attempted to obtain certification but also unified, across the entire company, certifications that had previously been obtained individually by separate offices.
This activity was examined externally by the Japan Audit and Certification Organization for Environment and Quality (JACO) and was approved on March 24, 2004 (certification registration No.: EC98J2005).

The activity encompassed 77 business activities in 6 divisions (*2) and all employees in 99 business sites for plants, system laboratories (*3), branches, and branch offices nationwide (about 48,000 people, including FUJITSU LABORATORIES LTD. and some related companies).
The activity organization guiding all employees was based on The Fujitsu Group Environmental Policy that took effect in October 2002, and aimed to promote the 3rd version of "FUJITSU ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROGRAM" (*4). To implement the activity, the organization operated as a matrix organization (*5) covering line activities for promoting goals pertaining to business in each division, and site activities for promoting company-wide goals such as saving of resources, energy saving, and reduction of waste.
As a result, it became possible to smoothly promote the establishment and implementation of goals pertaining to business in each division, a task that was previously difficult when each office sought certification separately.

Features of the activity

  1. Each sub-activity set environmental goals for its own business field
    Each sub-activity set and implemented environmental aims and goals pertaining to its own business field. (For the goals of each activity, see the following section.)
  2. Implement e-learning for all employees
    By carrying out environmental training for all employees including management using an e-learning tool developed by Fujitsu itself, the company reduced the burden on the environment in terms of CO2 emission by about 98% compared with conventional group training.
  3. Set as an environmental goal an activity for social contribution in branch offices and system laboratories nationwide
    In addition to existing activities carried out in plants, Fujitsu set and implemented an activity aimed at social contribution in offices of the Sales Division and Software & Services Division nationwide.

In the future, Fujitsu intends to expand its environmentally friendly management framework that is based on its environment management system to encompass the entire Fujitsu group, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society as well as strengthen group governance that focuses on the environment.

  • (*1) ISO14001: An international standard that was established by the International Organization for standardization and relates to environment management systems. It is granted to any organization that has constructed a system which takes the environment into consideration and continually reduces the burden on the environment.
  • (*2) 6 divisions: This activity is classified into Corporate Division, Sales Division, Software & Services Division, Products Division, Electronic Devices Division, FUJITSU LABORATORIES LTD.
  • (*3) System laboratories: Offices of the Software & Services Division.
  • (*4) The 3rd version of "FUJITSU ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROGRAM": Sets goals for fiscal 2001 to 2003. Develops activities aimed at ensuring all products are environmentally friendly, purchasing materials that take the environment into consideration, recycling obsolete products, and reducing the amount of resources and energy used and also waste.
  • (*5) Matrix organization: Line activities – Activities dealing with an individual business field based on the office organization Site activities – Company-wide activities implemented by each individual office (saving of resources, energy saving, reduction of waste, etc.)