Environmental Management

We have established a group-wide environmental management system and continue to promote environmental management aimed at optimizing activities throughout the CITIZEN Group and producing results efficiently and reliably.

Environmental Management Structure

The CITIZEN Group created a Group environmental management structure to carry out efficient environmental management. Twice a year, employees in charge of environmental matters at operational management companies gather and hold a meeting of the Group Environmental Management Committee, which is chaired by the CITIZEN WATCH director responsible for environmental matters, to consider Group environmental policies and common issues and share information on environmental programs. Based on the new Medium-Term Environmental Plan that commenced in FY2013, in 2014 we worked toward consolidated Group ISO 14001 in Japan. We continue our efforts to optimize groupwide activities, reinforce environmental governance, and boost efficiency.

The CITIZEN Group Environmental Management Structure

The environmental management system is applied to the following relevant organizations and their products, activities and services.

  1. Relevant organizations
    The relevant organizations are the following companies and their plants or offices.
    CITIZEN Tokyo Works (CITIZEN WATCH’s Tokyo Works, Tokorozawa Works)
    CITIZEN MACHINERY (KaruizawaHeadquarters, Tokorozawa Works, Kitakami Works)
    CITIZEN ELECTRONICS (Headquarters / Factory)
    CITIZEN FINEDEVICE (Head Office / Kawaguchiko Plant, Miyota Plant, Kitamimaki Plant, CPS Testing Office, FUJIMI)
    CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING (Tokorozawa Head Office Factory, Saitama Tanashi Factory, Saitama Sayama Factory, Saitama Yoshimi Factory, Tohoku Kitakami Factory, Tohoku Kitakami-Minami Factory, Tohoku Soma Factory, Iida TonookaFactory, Iida Matsuo Factory, Miyota Saku Factory, Kawaguchiko Fuji Factory, Kawaguchiko CFD Factory, CITIZEN WATCH MYOKO, Kitakami Jewelry, AIKAWA SEIMITSU, CITIZEN MICRO’sHeadquarters, Hidaka Factory)
    CITIZEN CHIBA PRECISIONS (Headquarters, Factory No.2)
  2. Relevant products, activities, and services
    The relevant products, activities, and services are the following products and their associated activities and services (research, development, design, procurement, manufacturing, sales, etc.).
    1) Watches
    2) Machine Tools
    3) Components of Small Precision Tools
    4) Devices/Electronic Products/Other Products

Acquisition Status of the ISO 14001 Certification

Environmental Education and Awareness Building

Implementing environmental management requires that all Group employees have a strong awareness of the importance of environmental measures. For this reason, the Group conducts for all employees both environmental training and environmental courses by inviting outside expert instructors. In FY2013, we augmented “the environmental education section” of the Group environmental website and began to conduct environmental e-learning.

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Introducing E-Learning to Awareness Improvement

The CITIZEN Group carries out Group-wide environmental education activities for all employees. FY2016 activities included environmental education using an e-learning format, with the themes chemical substances and our lives.Two offices were newly added, bringing the number of employees able to take the training up from 7,094 last year to 7,461. Of those, 7,049 underwent the training (participation rate of 95.1%), which was a 0.9% higher rate than the previous year. Keeping original intentions in mind, we continue our efforts to enable all employees to have fun learning.

Environmental Audits

Each CITIZEN Group company is subject to an external audit by an ISO examination organization once each year as well as an internal audit conducted by an internal auditor one to two times annually. These audits assess compliance with environmental laws and regulations and the operational status of environmental management systems and chemical substance controls. Corrective measures are immediately taken to address any indications identified by the audits and continuous improvements are made. As a result, indications concerning chemical and hazardous substance use management or responses to emergency situations have been almost entirely eliminated, and the Group is undertaking even more advanced risk management.

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Group Internal Environmental Audit

The environmental audit was conducted in FY2016 with the primary goal of checking the progress for acquiring ISO 14001:2015 certification. The audit confirmed that by and large establishment of the system is progressing well, and we aim to acquire certification in FY2017 as planned. At the same time, we continue to assess chemical substance and hazardous materials controls, and carry out initiatives to reduce risks.

Environmental Risk Management

The CITIZEN Group makes compliance with environmental laws and regulations, control of chemical substances in products, waste and recycling governance, soil and subterranean water contamination countermeasures, and other issues subject to environmental risk management. The Group Environmental Management Committee holds regular meetings, and detailed information is exchanged concerning current conditions at and responsive measures taken by individual Group companies with regard to waste and recycling governance and soil contamination.

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Development of Waste /Recycling Governance

The CITIZEN Group make efforts to reinforce waste/recycling governance through focused actions such as “creating structures that include relevant internal and external individuals,”“handling potential risks to outsourcing waste/recycling,” and “sharing/communicating information on CITIZEN’s initiatives.”
Waste and other matter are disposed of and recycled through various routes. If some were improperly processed or illegally dumped, and if our outsourcing were inappropriate , CITIZEN would be held responsible for violating the Waste Disposal Law and sentenced, fined, and our company name would be publicly disclosed.
To prevent that from happening, it is essential to systematical and thoroughcompliance related to waste. Therefore, using the Group-wide acquisition of ISO 14001 certification in 2014 as an opportunity, we havecontinued to visit each Group office to check compliance with the Waste Disposal Law, and to make improvements to prevent environmental risk by strengthening waste/recycling governance.


On-site inspections of waste disposal facilities

To reinforce waste governance, since 2014 we have conducted on-site inspections of disposal companies. Viewing the final treatment of waste generated from our company is important to managing company risk.

On-site inspection procedure

  1. Determination of inspection terms by action plans for on-site inspection of disposal companies andthe assessment grade (Grade A: once/3 yrs.; Grade B: once/2 yrs.; Grade C: once/1 yr.; Grade Below C: reconsider doing business)
    Create a checklist (common items to check and process specific items to check for transport/intermediary/final treatment)
  2. According to the plan, contact disposal companies and go to waste disposal facilities
  3. As a method of inspection, interview the person in charge of contracted companies, check on-site conditions and take photos, etc.
  4. Give an assessment grade and make a summary report.
  5. Decide on the next inspection term.

However, some waste disposal companies are far away and difficult to visit. In that case, assessments are proceeded by checking online information for company data and the existence of legal violations. Through implementation of this on-site inspection, we have been able to confirm that waste is properly disposed of and, at the same time, confirm requests from disposal companies.
For example, we have fielded requests for changes inseparation of waste and packing. Promoting rules and appropriate separation of waste in our company led to less work for the disposal companies when separating and treating waste, and to improved recycling rate of ours. Communication between our side generating waste and their side treating waste has maintain a beneficial relationship.