Environmental Management

The CITIZEN Group promotes environmental management to generate steady results efficiently as it aims for Group-wide optimization through establishing an environmental management structure spanning the entire Group.

Environmental Management Structure

The CITIZEN Group is establishing a Group environmental management structure to promote efficient environmental management. The Group Environmental Committee established in FY 2020 as a subcommittee of the Sustainability Committee chaired by the President & CEO of CITIZEN WATCH considers topics, such as risks, opportunities, and countermeasures regarding all aspects of environmental issues Group-wide. In addition, we have attained Group-wide ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems in Japan as we continue efforts to optimize activities and enhance governance throughout the Group.
FY 2020 was the year for renewal of ISO 14001 certification. The review of the certification showed that steady improvements were being made in our environmental management system, and certification was renewed for all sites.

The CITIZEN Group Environmental Committee organizational chart


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

  1. Relevant organizations

    To be applied to companies, factories and offices below.
    CITIZEN WATCH (Tokyo Works / Tokorozawa Works)
    CITIZEN MACHINERY (Karuizawa Headquarters, Tokorozawa Works, Kitakami Works, Saku Works)
    CITIZEN FINEDEVICE (Headquarters / Kawaguchiko Plant, Miyota Plant, Kitamimaki Plant, FUJIMI)
    CITIZEN SYSTEMS JAPAN (Headquarters / Fujiyoshida Plant)
    CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING (Tokorozawa Head Office Plant, Saitama Tanashi Plant, Saitama Sayama Plant, Saitama Yoshimi Plant, Tohoku Kitakami Plant, Tohoku Kitakami-Minami Plant, Tohoku Soma Plant, Tohoku Nishiwaga Plant, Iida Tonooka Plant, Iida Matsuo Plant, Miyota Saku Plant, Kawaguchiko Fuji Plant, Kawaguchiko CFD Plant, Kagoshima Plant, Yubari Plant, Myoko Plant, Akita Plant)
    CITIZEN MICRO (Headquarters, Chichibu Plant)
    CITIZEN CHIBA PRECISION (Headquarters, Plant No.2)
    CITIZEN ELECTRONICS TIMEL (Headquarters, First manufacturing division, Third manufacturing division, Sakaigawa Plant)

  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) Small-sized Precision Components
    4) Devices/Electronic Products/Other Products

Acquisition Status of the ISO 14001 Certification

The CITIZEN Group strives to obtain ISO14001 environmental management system certification at factories and works in and outside Japan. In Japan, all of the 12 production sites excluding sales companies have been certified, while 12 out of 14 production sites outside Japan have also been certified. Details of the certification (certified companies/factories; dates of certification) are provided in the following:

Environmental Risk Management

The Group Environmental Committee in the CITIZEN Group, a subcommittee of the Sustainability Committee chaired by the President & CEO of CITIZEN WATCH, is responsible for environmental risk management in areas, including compliance with environmental laws and regulations, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, control of chemical substances in products, waste and recycling governance, and countering soil and groundwater pollution. In addition to semiannual meetings of the Group Environmental Committee, we exchange detailed information with Group companies on the states of waste and recycling governance and soil pollution and how to deal with. Furthermore, potential environmental risks are identified through Group internal environmental audits and the findings are used to prevent environmental incidents and share information within the Group.
There were no cases of violations of environmental laws and regulations, environmental penalties or fines in FY 2020.

A case: CITIZEN Group

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.
In FY2020, we conducted internal audits to confirm the status of compliance.

Environmental Audit

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. In addition to these, Group internal audit, in which auditors in each Group company audit other factories, takes place once a year. This results positively, since auditors have new perspective in factories that are not familiar to them, and bring back better practices in other factories as a result. While Group internal auditing was suspended in FY 2020 due to COVID-19, continual improvements were made to the environmental management system through internal auditing by each site.

Environmental Education and Awareness-Raising Activities

In order to advance environmental management, it is essential that all Group employees understand the importance of environmental activities. Environmental e-learning activities are conducted each year to educate all Group employees.

A case : CITIZEN Group

Raising Awareness through Environmental e-learning

The CITIZEN Group provides environmental education to all employees. In FY 2020, it conducted environmental education through e-learning on the theme of plastics in our lives to raise employees' awareness of the subject. This program on the theme of plastics, an environmental concern familiar to our lives, helped to deepen employees' understanding of the necessity of protecting the environment by addressing issues, such as oceanic plastic pollution.