Corporate Social Responsibility

Environmental Management

The Teijin Group announced the Declaration of Sustainable Environmental Initiatives in 2007 and is now working on a variety of environmental issues.

Basic Stance

The Teijin Group is globally expanding its wide range of businesses in the fields of materials, healthcare, and IT, and these business activities have no small impact on the earth's environment.
Consequently, The Teijin Group Global Environmental Charter was established in 1992. Subsequently, in 2007, we announced the Declaration of Sustainable Environmental Initiatives.
The Teijin Group recognizes the environmental impact of its operations and works towards finding a variety of solutions. While comitting to safety as the underlying foundation, the Teijin Group will strive to achieve a society manifesting “low carbon,” “effective materials circulation,” and “co-existence with nature,” and work towards the sustainable development of both society and the Company.

Code of Conduct

Environment, Safety & Health

We put the global environment, human safety and health as our top priorities when conducting business.

The Teijin Group Global Environmental Charter

To fulfill the Teijin Group´s corporate philosophy "We place the highest priority on safety and the preservation of our natural environment" to ensure society´s sustainable development, we will:

  1. 1.Strive to promote efficient use of resources and energy and reduction of environmental impact to preserve the global environment.
  2. 2.Provide products and services that reduce the environmental impact for society through progress in science and technology with a focus on global environmental consciousness.
  3. 3.Participate in social activities aiming at conserving the global environment through education and raising awareness for group employees, and cooperation with local communities involved in our business activities.

(Established in December 1992; revised in July 2007)

Sustainable Environmental Initiatives

To achieve our aims to realize the goal of “living in harmony with the global environment and valuing nature and all living things on the planet”, as we have declared in our Corporate Philosophy, the Teijin Group has been active in promoting the Declaration of Sustainable Environmental Initiatives.

The Teijin Group believes that environmental management refers to reducing environmental impact over the entire life cycle of products including all processes from material procurement to production, use and disposal. We are working to integrate this with the Teijin Group’s overall management strategies, provide environmental value solutions, reduce environmental impact, conserve biodiversity, and promote environmental education and communication.

We are working to conserve energy, to use various resources effectively, to minimize emissions of chemical substances into the environment andto manage and reduce waste materials.

Marine Plastic Waste Initiative

The outflow of plastic wastes to the ocean originated marine pollution and their adverse effects on ecosystems are global problems.

On September, 2018, the Teijin Group has made the "declaration for solving the plastic marine waste problem".

Declaration for Solving the plastic Marine Waste Problem

Design for Environment

We established and are using an original design for environment approval system.

Approval system

Design for environment

Basic Stance

The Teijin Group defines Design for Environment as “product design that aims to reduce the environmental impact of each product through evaluating the overall environmental impact throughout the product life cycle including procurement, production, use and disposal” and we are taking measures for the reduction of environmental impact.

Code of Conduct

Environment, Safety & Health

We put the global environment, human safety and health as our top priorities when conducting business.

Promotion of design for environment

We established the Teijin Group Design for Environment Guidelines in January 2008, and we design our products based on comprehensive evaluations of their impact on the environment throughout their life cycles. Using a special checklist, we evaluate new and improved designs for products, manufacturing processes and IT/services, review various measures for reducing environmental impact and apply the results of the reviews in product design.

Summary of the Design for Environment Evaluation Checklist
  1. 1.Safety
  2. 2.Energy saving
  3. 3.Resource saving
  4. 4.Environmental conservation
  5. 5.Provision of information
  6. 6.Environmental impact reduction in the manufacturing stage

Under the six major items, there are sub-items and spaces for scoring evaluations. The checklist is available in three versions with sub-items/spaces for scoring evaluation relating to either raw materials/materials, finished products, or IT services.

Design for environment organizational bodies
Design for environment organizational bodies

Approved products

Design for Environment Approved Products Earth Symphony®

TEIJIN Earth Symphony
This logo is used to promote awareness among the general public of our initiative for harmonization with the global environment through environmentally conscious corporate activities based on the Teijin Group Design for Environment Guidelines.

Earth Symphony is the trademark utilized for products and services that have received Design for Environment approval. To date, the total number of Design for Environment approved products and services is 33. For these products and services, to ensure reliability of Earth Symphony, we even conduct regular post-approval audits to evaluate whether or not to continue approval.

Earth Symphony has become a registered trademark of the Teijin Group in Japan, the EU, China, Singapore, India and Indonesia.

Example of Products that Received Design for Environment Approval
High-grade artificial leather Cordley® (Use of recycled polyester)
We used recycled polyester for high-grade artificial leather Cordley which is used in sports shoes, balls, vehicles, school bags and other applications.
Environmental Benefits
Reduced use of natural resources, reduction of CO2 emissions and chemical substances with large environmental impact through use of recycled resources.
Aramid fiber recycled pulp
We recover products as well as waste aramid fiber and fiber scraps generated in manufacturing processes, turn them into thread or pulp form and reuse them in brake pads and brake linings.
Environmental Benefits
Reduced use of natural resources and reduction of CO2 emissions through use of recycled resources.