The Kubota Group has systematically established its environmental management systems in order to facilitate business operation at each site or operational division based on the Kubota Global Identity and the Environmental Charter. The Group also promotes environmental management that is appropriate for the type of business activities of the site/operational division. Production sites, in particular, are associated with large environmental loads related to energy and waste, as well as the risks of air pollution and water contamination. In order to properly address such risks, the Group has established environmental management systems based on ISO 14001 and EMAS, and is endeavoring to promote business management in accordance with the required rules and the continuous improvement of environmental conservation activities.
- Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
- The Kubota Group’s Environmental Management System
- Environment-related Rules and Regulations
- Investigation and Management of Environmental Data for Understanding by the KUBOTA Group
- Environmental Auditing
- Environmental Risk Assessment
- Environmental Patrols
- Drills for Responding to Abnormal and Emergency Situations
- Environmental Education and Enlightenment
- Cooperation with Environment-related Industry Groups and Governments
- Status of Environmental Management System Certification Acquisition
Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
To ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations and prevent
environmental accidents, the Kubota Group conducts its business in accordance
with the rules and regulations it has formulated in relation to environmental
For exhaust gas, wastewater, noise, vibration and other variables, the Group has set and thoroughly manages its own control values at each production site, which are stricter than the corresponding laws and regulations, and has also established a system to promptly report any instances of non-compliance or complaints relating to environmental laws and regulations to relevant government bodies and the head office.
Each year, the Kubota Group also conducts environmental audits to confirm that the environmental conservation systems and activities are properly implemented at each site, as well as environmental risk assessments to clarify the status of environmental risks and establish improvements, with the aim of preventing the violation of environmental laws/regulations and environmental accidents.
Despite these efforts, however, in RY2017 we had two cases at production sites in Japan and one case at a Group company in Japan, where wastewater control value was exceeded, one case at a production site in Japan, where oil leakage through a broken underground pipe, and one case of inadequate industrial waste disposal agreement occurred at a Group company in Japan. We implemented measures to prevent any impact on the ambient environment and are working to prevent recurrence. No fines or penalties were imposed on these excess and inadequacy.
The Kubota Group’s Environmental Management System
The diagram below shows the structure of the environmental management system of the Kubota Group.
Environment-related Rules and Regulations
The Kubota Group has formulated environment-related rules and regulations based on its internal control system, targeting Kubota Corporation, all of its consolidated subsidiaries and a part of its affiliated companies accounted for under the equity method that are highly significant in its environmental management.
The rules and regulations are classified as follows:
These rules and regulations are reviewed every year, according to the business environment and revisions of laws and regulations. The latest version of these rules and regulations are available on the Group portal site, allowing employees around the world to refer to them.
Investigation and Management of Environmental Data for Understanding by the KUBOTA Group
In order to practice environmental conservation activities on a global scale, our company applies the “KUBOTA Ecology Data E-System” (KEDES) to investigate and manage environmental data for thorough understanding, which includes information from our business locations on their energy usage, amounts of generated and discharged waste material and other substances, water usage, and VOC emissions, etc. This environmental data covers the KUBOTA Corporation as well as all (100%) of its consolidated subsidiaries as the targets of its investigation.
Each year, the Kubota Environmental Protection Department conducts an environmental audit that incorporates a document audit targeting all production sites, service sites, offices, and construction and maintenance management departments in Japan, as well as overseas group production sites.
Moreover, in addition to the environmental audit by the Environmental Protection Department, annual internal environmental audits are conducted at production sites in an effort to further improve the level of environmental management.
|RY2017 Environmental Audit Implementation Status|
|・Number of subject sites/departments:||280|
|・Number of audit items:||20 (for maintenance and management departments) up to 50 (for service sites)
* Details are as shown in the table below.
|・Audit details:||Water and air quality management, noise and vibration management, waste discharge and chemical substance management, climate change prevention, response to abnormalities and emergencies, and environmental management system|
|Environmental audit at SIAM KUBOTA Metal Technology Co., Ltd. (Thailand)|
Environmental Audit Implementation Status
- For agricultural machinery distributors, the audit was conducted on a company basis instead of on a site basis.
- Departments engaged in the business of operation or maintenance of environmental plants
Environmental Risk Assessment
Each year, detailed environmental risk assessments are conducted to evaluate the use of hazardous substances and the functions of environment-related equipment with the aim of clarifying the status of environmental risk at each production site and establishing systematic improvements.
The Kubota Group is proactively working to reveal possible environmental risks and further reduce risks by conducting environmental audits and environmental risk assessments—two activities with differing perspectives—in parallel.
|RY2017 Environmental Risk Assessment Implementation Status|
|・Number of subject sites and departments：||37 (27 production sites in Japan, 10 overseas production sites)|
|・Number of audit items：||252 items (146 water quality, 106 air quality)|
|・Assessment targets：||Water quality-related equipment, air quality-related equipment|
At each site, environmental patrols are carried out to meticulously assess the entire site and confirm the absence or presence of conditions that may lead to environmental accidents or violations of environmental laws and regulations. The Kubota Group aims to reduce environmental risks by conducting environmental patrols and finding situations that may cause any abnormalities at an early stage.
Drills for Responding to Abnormal and Emergency Situations
The Kubota Group is working to identify and minimize environmental risks associated with its business activities through riskspecific response procedures.
We are also conducting drills each year based on response procedures that assume the outbreak of environmental accidents or situations that could arise in environmental accidents, in order to mitigate the impact on the ambient environment.
| Emergency response drill simulating the leakage of waste oil/PCB
Kubota Okajima Business Center
| Emergency response drill simulating the leakage of chemical substances
Kubota Construction Machinery (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. (China)
Environmental Education and Enlightenment
1. Results of Environmental Education in RY2017
The Kubota Group offers environmental education programs to raise awareness among its employees. The education program for employees consists of rank-based training, professional training, and general training. The Group also assists external group’s environmental education programs.
|Classification||Course title||Frequency||No. of
|Education by employee level||Training for new employees||2||161||Global and local environmental issues and Kubota's environmental conservation activities|
|Kubota introductory course||1||9||Global and local environmental issues and Kubota's environmental conservation activities|
|Training for newly appointed supervisors||2||47||Kubota's environmental management and efforts as supervisors|
|Training for newly appointed foremen||1||21||Kubota's environmental management and efforts as foremen|
|Environment and Quality Forum for executive management||1||300||Lecture by Mr. Masafumi Uchida, Executive Officer, General Manager of Environment Management and Quality Promotion Division, Konica Minolta, Inc.|
|Professional education||Basics of environmental management||1||11||Basic knowledge of legal systems, environmental risk, and environmental conservation|
|Waste management||2||48||Waste Management and Public Cleansing Law, practical training in consignment contracts and manifests, etc.|
|Environment-related facility management||1||12||Pollution control technologies and pollution control laws|
|Education to train ISO 14001 environmental auditors||4||46||The ISO 14001 standard, environment-related laws, audit techniques|
|New waste management system training||12||43||Training on waste electronic information management systems|
|Education for production sites on environment-related facility management||1||22||Points in maintenance and management of environment-related facilities, emergency responses|
|General training||Environmental education for domestic sites||2||80||Kubota's environmental management initiatives|
|Supporting education in outside organizations||“Environment-friendly Plant Tour (for elementary school and kindergarten children)” hosted by Utsunomiya City||1||58||Environmental education and tour of the Utsunomiya Plant facilities|
|Education on environment-related facility management at a Group company production site
(Participants: personnel in charge of facility management)
|Environment and Quality Forum for executive management
(Lecturer: Mr. Masafumi Uchida)
2. Environmental Achievement Awards
During the Environment Month in June every year, the Kubota Group presents the Environmental Achievement Awards to commend individuals and groups that have made notable contributions to environmental conservation, as well as to boost the Group’s employees’ environmental conservation awareness and activate their environmental activities.
In 2017, environmental conservation activities were evaluated targeting the five segments of production sites, non-production sites, product development, education and enlightenment, and social contribution. As a result, 36 cases were awarded for their achievements in energy saving, waste reduction, VOC emission reduction, development of environment-friendly products, environmental awareness raising, community environmental activities, and so on. One case was awarded as the Excellent Prize.
We will continue to award excellent initiatives that contribute to regional or global environmental conservation, and encourage sharing of the details of such initiatives within the Group, with the aim of further activating environmental conservation activities.
Environmental Achievement Award Excellent Prize in 2017
|Production sites||SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co.,Ltd.
Amata Nakorn Plant (Thailand)
|Study on electro-oxidation and photocatalytic treatment technology for used coolants|
|Scope||Classification, No. of winners||Scope||Classification, No. of winners|
|Excellent Prize: 1, Encouragement Award: 10, Good Effort Award: 13||Education and enlightenment||Education and Enlightenment Award: 2|
|Encouragement Award: 4||Social contribution||Social Contribution Award: 1|
|Product development||Encouragement Award: 5|
Cooperation with Environment-related Industry Groups and Governments
The Kubota Group believes that in promoting environmental conservation, it is important to promote environmental conservation initiatives not only within its Group but also in cooperation with various sectors, such as the national or local government and relevant industry groups. Through participating in programs and campaigns hosted by government organs and establishing partnerships with various organizations, the Group aims to create synergy and conduct more effective environmental conservation activities.
1. Participating in Systems, Verification Programs, Campaigns by the National Government
In May 2010, the Kubota Group was certified by the Japanese Minister of the Environment as an “Eco-First Company,” and has been a member of the Eco-First Promotion Council since then. Through the Council, the Group submits proposals to or exchanges opinions with the Ministry of the Environment, supports Eco-First companies promoting environmental conservation activities and enhancing cooperation between companies, and engages in activities to raise the environmental awareness of the public. the Group also participates in the “Fun to Share” campaign by the Ministry of the Environment to tackle climate change toward the realization of a low-carbon society, the “Cool Choice” national movement to encourage smart choices contributing to measures against global warming, and the Water Project to raise awareness concerning water circulation and conservation of the water environment. Moreover, the Group also participates in the Environmental Reporting Platform Development Pilot Project to promote ESG dialogues between investors and companies.
2. Participating in Industry Groups
The Kubota Group is a member of various environment-related committees in the Kansai Economic Federation and other industry groups it is participating in. The committee activities help deepen understanding of the roles that companies should play in addressing environmental issues such as climate change, while providing opportunities to share information and exchange opinions on energy and environmental policies.
●Major participating groups
Japan Business Federation, Kansai Economic Federation, Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers, etc.
3. Dialogue and Collaboration with Local Governments
The Kubota Group proactively participates in various committees of Osaka City and other local governments and their related groups, and works to establish partnerships with them. The Group promotes industry-government-academia collaboration through participating in discussions and opinion exchange on environmental issues, and various activities.
●Major collaborating groups/partners
Gifu Prefecture “Consortium for Forest Technology Development and Promotion,” Osaka City “Environmental Management Promotion Council,” sponsored flowerbeds in front of the Kyuhoji Green Space in Osaka Prefecture, the “Carrying Water Project” by Ono City, Fukui Prefecture, and so on.
Status of Environmental Management System Certification Acquisition
The Kubota Group requires all of its production sites to acquire ISO 14001 certification or other equivalent environmental certification (EMAS, etc.).
As of the end of RY2017, 22 of its 23 production sites (acquisition rate of 96%) in Japan have acquired ISO 14001 certification. Of its 32 overseas production sites, 17 sites (acquisition rate of 53%) have acquired ISO 14001 certification or other certification for environmental management systems. The Kubota Group will make continuous efforts to raise the acquisition rate of the certificate.
1. ISO 14001 Certification
- Kubota Corporation in Japan
No Name Other Organizations and Subsidiaries Included Main Business Inspecting/Certifying Organization Date of
1 Tsukuba Plant
- Eastern Main Parts Center
- Tractor and Agricultural Implement Service Dept. Tsukuba Training Center
- Kanto Kubota Precision Machinery Co., Ltd.
Engines, agricultural machinery, etc. LRQA November
2 Keiyo Plant
- Ichikawa Plant
- Distribution Center
Ductile iron pipe, fittings spiral welded steel pipe LRQA July 16,
3 Hanshin Plant
- Marushima Factory
Ductile iron pipes, fittings, rolling-mill rolls, TXAX LRQA March 5,
4 Kyuhoji Business Center
- Kubota Environmental Service Co., Ltd.
- KUBOTA Membrane Corp.
- KUBOTA Keiso Corp.
Measuring instruments, measuring systems, rice-milling products, waste shredder systems, submerged membranes, and mold temperature controllers, etc. DNV March 19,
5 Hirakata Plant Valves, cast steel, new ceramic materials, and construction machinery LRQA September
6 Okajima Business Center Industrial cast iron products JICQA December
7 Sakai Plant, Sakai Rinkai Plant Engines, agricultural machinery, smallsize construction machinery, etc. LRQA March 10,
8 Shiga Plant FRP products JUSE May 18,
9 Water Engineering & Solution Business Unit
- Shin-yodogawa Environmental Plant Center
Sewage and sludge treatment, water purification, wastewater treatment facilities, submerged membrane ICJ July 14,
10 Pumps Business Unit
- KUBOTA Kiko Ltd.
Sewage and water purification plants, pumps and pump stations LRQA July 14,
11 Utsunomiya Plant
- Tractor and Agricultural Implement Service Dept. Utsunomiya Training Center
Rice transplanters and combine harvesters LRQA December
- Kubota Group: Companies in Japan
No Name Other Organizations and Subsidiaries Included Main Business Inspecting/Certifying Organization Date of
1 Nippon Plastic Industry Co., Ltd.
- Head office and plant, Mino Plant
Plastic pipes, plastic sheets, etc. JSA October 27, 2000 2 Kubota Construction Co., Ltd. Design and construction of civil engineering structures and buildings JQA December 22, 2000 3 Kubota Environmental Service Co., Ltd. Installation, maintenance and management of environmental systems for service water, sewage, landfill disposal, raw waste and waste plants, etc. MSA November 20, 2002 4 Kubota ChemiX Co., Ltd.
- Tochigi Plant
Plastic pipes and couplings JUSE March 27, 2003
(integrated authentication in 2011)
- Sakai Plant
- Odawara Plant
- Kyushu KUBOTA Chemical Co., Ltd.
5 KUBOTA Air Conditioner Co., Ltd.
- Tochigi Plant
Central air conditioning systems JQA August 27, 2004 6 KUBOTA Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. Hydraulic valves, hydraulic cylinders, transmissions, hydraulic pumps, hydraulic motors, etc. LRQA March 17, 2007 7 KUBOTA KASUI Corporation Design, construction and maintenance management of environmental conservation facilities BCJ February 1, 2010 8 Kansouken Inc. Package software supporting water business JCQA April 14, 2014
- Kubota Group: Overseas companies
No Name Main Business Inspecting
Date of Certification 1 SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co.,Ltd.［Headquarters］(Thailand) Small diesel engines and agricultural machinery MASCI February 28, 2003 2 P.T. Kubota Indonesia (Indonesia) Diesel engines and agricultural machinery LRQA February 10, 2006 3 Kubota Materials Canada Corporation (Canada) Cast steel products, TXAX SGS (U.S.) June 15, 2006 4 KUBOTA Precision Machinery (Thailand) Co.,Ltd. (Thailand) Equipment for tractors LRQA August 5, 2015 5 Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (U.S.)
(including Kubota Industrial Equipment Corporation (U.S.))
Small-sized tractors, mowers, utility vehicles and tractor accessories BSI September 20, 2012
(integrated in 2015)
6 SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd.［Amata Nakorn］(Thailand) Tractors and combine harvesters BV September 27, 2012 7 ATEC Instrument and Chemical Co., Ltd. (Vietnam) Chemical agents for water treatment BSI January 18, 2013 8 KUBOTA SANLIAN PUMP (ANHUI) Co., Ltd. (China) Pumps CCSCC May 29, 2013 9 Kubota Agricultural Machinery (SUZHOU) Co., Ltd. (China) Combine harvesters, rice transplanters and tractors SGS November 13, 2013 10 Kubota Construction Machinery (WUXI) Co., Ltd. Construction machinery CQC December 11, 2014 11 SIAM KUBOTA Metal Technology Co., Ltd. (Thailand) Cast iron products for engines and tractors BV December 19, 2014 12 Kubota Engine (WUXI) Co ., Ltd. (China) Diesel engines SGS March 22, 2015 13 KUBOTA Engine(Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Thailand) Diesel engines LRQA July 3, 2015 14 Kubota Saudi Arabia Company, LLC (Saudi Arabia) Cast steel products TÜV September 30, 2016 15 Kubota Farm Machinery Europe S.A.S (France) Tractors BV (France) February 20, 2017
|LRQA:||Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Limited（U.K.)||MASCI:||Management System Certification Institute (Thailand)（Thailand）|
|DNV:||DNV Certification B.V.（Netherlands）||SGS(米):||Systems & Services Certification，a Division of SGS North America Inc.（U.S.）|
|JUSE:||Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers ISO Center|
|ICJ:||Intertek Certification Japan Limited||TÜV:||TÜV Rheinland Cert GmbH（Germany）|
|JICQA:||JIC Quality Assurance Ltd. (Japan)||SGS:||SGS United Kingdom Limited（U.K.）|
|JSA:||Japanese Standards Association||BSI:||BSI Assurance UK Limited（U.K.）|
|JQA:||Japan Quality Assurance Organization||BV:||Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS - UK Branch（U.K.）|
|MSA:||Management System Assessment Center (Japan)||CCSCC:||China Classification Society Certification Company（China）|
|BCJ:||The Building Center of Japan||CQC:||China Quality Certification Centre（China）|
|JCQA:||Japan Chemical Quality Assurance Ltd||BV(仏):||Bureau Veritas Certification France（France）|
2. EMAS certification
- Kubota Group: Overseas companies
No Name Main Business Inspecting/Certifying Organization Date of
1 Kubota Baumaschinen GmbH（Germany） Construction machinery IHK January 3,
|IHK:||Industrie- und Handelskammer fur die Pfalz（Germany）|