Environmental Management Basic Policy
Today we face various environmental problems. Many environmental problems, from those unique to each region to those on a global scale, exist around the world. As they are complexly intertwined and continuing to deteriorate, achieving a sustainable society is a global common challenge. Companies are expected to play an increasingly larger role in tackling this challenge.
Since the time of its foundation, the Kubota Group has pursued a mission of solving social problems in developing its businesses. Toward the realization of “For Earth, For Life,” the Kubota Group has promoted and will further advance its environmental management.
- The Kubota Group Environmental Charter
- The Kubota Group Environmental Action Guidelines
- Message from the Environmental Conservation Control Officer
- Concepts of Environmental Management / Materiality / Key Measures
- Environmental Management Promotion System
The Kubota Group Environmental Charter
- The Kubota Group aspires to create a society where sustainable development is possible on a global scale.
- The Kubota Group contributes to the conservation of global and local environments through its environmentally friendly operations, products, and technologies.
The Kubota Group Environmental Action Guidelines
- Environmental Conservation Efforts in All Business Activities
- We promote environmental conservation measures in all stages of our corporate activities, including product development, production, sales, physical distribution, and service.
- We also request that our suppliers understand the importance of environmental conservation efforts and cooperate in this regard.
- Global Environmental Conservation
- We promote global environmental conservation measures for stopping climate change, creating a recycling- based society, and controlling chemical substances.
- We promote global environmental conservation by providing technologies and products contributing to solving environmental problems.
- We strive to ensure our corporate activities are friendly to the natural environment and biodiversity.
- Environmental Protection to Create a Symbiotic Relationship with Local Societies
- We make efforts in the reduction of environmental risks and promote our business activities with proper consideration for the protection of local environments, including pollution prevention.
- We actively participate in environmental beautification/education activities in local communities.
- Our Voluntary and Organized Efforts in Environmental Conservation
- By introducing the environmental management system and establishing voluntary targets and action plans, we work on our daily business operations.
- We endeavor to enhance environmental awareness through active environmental education/enlightenment activities.
- We actively provide stakeholders with environment-related information.
- We collect stakeholders' opinions broadly through environmental communication, and reflect the findings in our environmental activities.
Message from the Environmental Conservation Control Officer
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
General Manager of Manufacturing
(Environmental Conservation Control Officer)
As the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted at the United Nations, efforts toward solving global-scale problems are increasingly important. It is now a crucial task for companies to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
The Kubota Group upholds the slogan “For Earth, For Life” as its mission, and its business activities are closely related to the SDGs. We address the SDGs as a priority issue in our management policy for this year. We will continue to contribute to the development of society and conservation of the global environment through our business activities, while advancing initiatives toward achieving the SDGs.
In line with these initiatives, toward achieving our Medium and Long-Term Environmental Conservation Targets, we will further enhance our environmental management through accelerating the reduction of the environmental loads and environmental risks, and the enhancement of the lineup of environment-friendly products.
The Kubota Group has deployed throughout the company the Kubota Production System (KPS), which is based on “Just-In-Time” and “automation,” and continuously pursues the thorough elimination of loss, with the aim of establishing a “Made by Kubota” production system to support its businesses. We adopt this concept of KPS in our environmental conservation activities, and will further enhance the activities toward the reduction of waste and loss in the use of energy and resources. For environment-friendly products, while working to expand the sales ratio of Eco-Products, we will also enhance our products and services that utilize advanced technologies, such as IoT, AI and robots, thereby contributing to the conservation of the environment and the solution of customers’ problems.
The Kubota Group will continue to make united efforts toward the establishment of a sustainable society and promote environmental management appropriate to the Global Major Brand Kubota.
Concepts of Environmental Management / Materiality / Key Measures
1. Concepts of Environmental Management
Toward the realization of “For Earth, For Life,” the Kubota Group balances its business growth and contribution to environmental conservation through its environment-friendly products, technologies, services and corporate activities, aiming for ongoing synergistic development with society.
The Group has set five basic items for environmental conservation, namely, “Tackling Climate Change,” “Working towards a Recycling-based Society,” “Conserving Water Resources,” “Controlling Chemical Substances,” and “Conserving Biodiversity.” Based on these items, the Group is committed to the reduction of environmental loads and environmental risks in corporate activities while contributing to the conservation of the global environment through its products, technologies and services that help solve social problems in the fields of food, water, and the living environment.
The Kubota Group listed material issues (priority issues) in its environmental conservation activities, taking into consideration their importance in business, requests and expectations from stakeholders, and social trends, and set priorities for tackling these issues.
Process for Identifying Materiality
|Step 1||Gathering and analyzing information
We gathered and analyzed information on international frameworks and policy trends, key external evaluation indicators, global trends in the Kubota Group’s business fields, etc.
|Step 2||Listing material issues
Through discussions at the Group’s Environmental Management Strategy Committee and interviews with relevant internal departments, and dialogues with ESG (environment, society, governance) investment institutions and external experts, we listed issues relating to environmental conservation.
|Step 3||Identifying materiality
We examined the identified issues from the perspectives of both the importance to stakeholders and the importance to the Kubota Group, and plotted the identified priority issues on a matrix.
|Step 4||Formulating and implementing key measures
For issues that are highly important to both stakeholders and the Kubota Group, we formulate key measures and promote the steady implementation thereof.
The material issues of the Kubota Group, whose mission is to solve social problems in the fields of food, water and the environment, are as follows:
3. Key Measures
In order to address the issues identified as materiality, the Kubota Group promotes the following key measures from the perspective of the value chain.
Environmental Management Promotion System
1. Organization Structure
In 2014, the Environmental Management Strategy Committee was newly established to take a more strategic and innovative approach to environmental management by management-led promotion. In addition, Environmental Manager Conferences are held for each region—Japan, China, Asia, North America and Europe—to globally advance environmental management across the Kubota Group.
※ Sites engaged in the business of operation or maintenance of environmental plants
2. Environmental Management Strategy Committee
The Environmental Management Strategy Committee is chaired by Kubota's executive vice president and is comprised of executive officers. The Committee discusses the mediumand long-term direction of the Kubota Group's environmental management, such as medium and long-term targets and key measures. It determines priority items and plans that should be carried out in order to reduce environmental impacts and risks, and to enhance the lineup of environment-friendly products.
It also promotes management based on the plan-do-checkaction (PDCA) cycle by assessing and analyzing the progress of the entire Group's environmental conservation activities and reflecting the results when formulating new plans and policies. We will continue to promote swift environmental management led by members at the management level.
|Environmental Management Strategy Committee|
3. Environmental Manager Conferences
The Kubota Group holds Environmental Manager Conferences for each region aimed at strengthening the environment management system and reducing environmental loads and environmental risks on a global basis. Overseas, the conference is held as the Environmental/Safety and Health Manager Conference, and is also aimed at strengthening the safety and health aspects.
In 2017, the conferences for Europe, Asia and Japan were held. Environmental managers and staff members of three companies that have production sites in Europe gathered for the Europe Conference, and those of eight companies with business sites in Asia, excluding China and Japan, gathered for the Asia Conference. Environmental managers from relevant mother plants in Japan also participated in the respective conferences. For the Japan Conference, environmental managers and staff members of 21 sites, including Group companies, gathered.
At these conferences, the Kubota Group’s policies and matters to be promoted were communicated, and the progress toward achieving the Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets was shared. Participants presented case studies on energy-saving measures and observed the improvement initiatives at plants. They also discussed the problems of each operation field faced by each site, as well as Group-wide problems, and examined the countermeasures to be taken. Later, each site prepared an activity implementation plan for a year, sharing the progress thereof with the Kubota Head Office. After the conference, the participants gave positive feedback, such as that it had been a precious opportunity to learn the initiatives of other sites, and that they could deepen their understanding through exchanging opinions.
In Japan, several subcommittees were established under this conference. The Waste Subcommittee set up in 2016 held discussions on matters such as the reduction of waste discharge and the enhancement of on-site investigation of industrial waste treatment contractors, and examined the measures. The Antipollution Subcommittee established in 2017 conducted education and discussion on the improvement of risk sensitivity and examined the measures, with a view to lowering the risk of exceeding the environmental regulation values for the water or air quality.
The Kubota Group plans to establish a business operation system for each region and promote a shift to region-led conference operation, for the purpose of enhancing their governance in the environment and safety aspects and spiraling up the level of their initiatives. As part of this attempt, the Thai Conference was set up in December 2017 by six sites located in Thailand. The Thai Conference is not a conference led by the Kubota Head Office, but is operated under the initiative of local sites. In the conference, staff in charge of practical work play a central role in discussing responses to legal regulations and exchanging information on the reduction of environmental loads and environmental risk management.
We will endeavor to enhance ties within each region and raise the level of environmental conservation activities at each site, while continuing to review the roles of the Environmental Manager Conferences.
|Europe Conference Kubota Baumaschinen GmbH||Asia Conference KUBOTA Engine (Thailand) Co., Ltd.|
|Japan Conference Kubota Head Office||Antipollution Subcommittee Mukogawa Site, Kubota Hanshin Plant|